Guidance for Centres and Hire providers 

Updated: 24th May 2021

This page should be read in conjunction with CANI’s “Current Recommendations for Paddlesport Activity Under Covid 19” which take precedence over the guidelines below.

Considerations for centres and hire providers

The Canoe Association of Northern Ireland (CANI) has created guidance to support centres and hire providers and encourages that members continue to check both the Government and CANI websites on a regular basis for the latest information.

If you are shielding or have symptoms

Do not leave home to take part in sport or physical activity if NI Executive advice means you should stay at home because you, someone you live with or have had “close contact with”, has or has had symptoms of COVID-19, or you are in the most vulnerable category and have been advised to shield from the coronavirus. People who are shielding should not undertake activities. People who are symptomatic should self-isolate for 7 days; household members for 14 days as per info on NHS guidance. All exercise taken must be consistent with current Northern Irish Government guidance on health, physical distancing and hygiene.

CANI suggest that centres and hire providers follow the recommendations below before re-opening

  • Paddlesport can resume with robust covid 19 mitigating procedures in place as below. This includes contact training and the use of shared equipment.  As outdoor contact sport is permitted, during “active participation”, social distancing measures do not need to be adhered to. For paddlesport, active participation can be considered to be any action that is specific to taking part including essential preparatory and concluding activities, for example; safety briefings, warm-ups, moving and launching paddlesports craft, etc. At all other times, before and after active participation and when using any facilities, please follow the NI Executive and Public Health regulations and guidelines including; those on group size, keeping at least 1m apart and handwashing. This would be for example; when travelling, on arrival, registering attendance, paying, changing and showering, etc.  CANI is obliged to make the most reasonable interpretation of government guidance in the service of its members. 
  • Centres and hire  providers should only start operating when they have completed the necessary planning and mitigating actions and feel able to operate safely and within the guidelines. 
  • Centres and hire providers should; have a safety framework in place, conduct and record Covid-19 risk assessments, put in place mitigating procedures, Covid consent forms, keep attendance records, and provide information for co-workers and participants. 
  • To operate within the scope of the British Canoeing/CANI insurance, you must be following the NI Executive Guidance. If utilising independent insurance, check with your insurer.
  • A register of participants must be retained for every session, this should include a minimum of full name and contact number. This is for the purpose of Covid tracing should this be necessary.
  • Consideration should be given to the sharing of equipment. If sharing equipment, a rigorous cleaning process should be in place as per Health and Safety Recommendations and following equipment manufacturers instructions. 
  • Ensure a first aid kit is available and understand the changes in guidance during this COVID-19 period
  • Working to ensure the outdoor activity can meet public health guidelines. All activity should be consistent with the government guidance regarding health, social distancing and good hygiene.
  • Centres and providers will need to communicate clearly and regularly with customers setting out what they are doing to manage risk, and what advice they are giving to individuals to do likewise.
  • Centres and providers should be ready to strengthen or relax measures at short notice and are encouraged to think creatively about how best to make activity possible within these guidelines.
  • Booking in advance, online or over the phone is preferable. Where this is not possible, and a venue has staff available to take bookings consider mandating contactless or at least card payment, to avoid handling cash.
  • Cleaning protocols should be put in place to limit coronavirus transmission in public places. It is advised that touch points should be particular areas of focus for increased cleaning.
  • Maintaining hygiene, through handwashing, sanitisation facilities and toilets.
  • If you can, wear a face covering in an enclosed space where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. Wearing of a face covering is mandated in certain indoor and public spaces.
  • If there is the capacity and resource to be in a position to serve takeaway food and drinks, current government guidelines for the hospitality sector must be followed.
  • Indoor facilities can be opened and must have public health measures in place.
  • Any facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities are permitted to re-open.
  • Each venue should make their own decisions about when their facilities are ready.
  • Facilities can decide whether or not they hire out equipment, including canoes and other paddle craft. Hire Operators should follow the NI Executive guidance.
  • Many individuals and organisations may wish to take further measures beyond the current guidelines at their discretion, to reduce the spread of covid-19 e.g. running low risk sessions and maintaining social distance during active participation.

Follow links for further information and guidance

Club Covid 19 Risk Assessment Template (PDF)  

Club Covid 19 Risk Assessment Template (Word)

COVID 19 Consent Form

British Canoeing Environmental Definitions for Deployment Guidance for Instructors Coaches and Leaders

British Canoeing Paddlesafe guidance

NI Executive Coroavirus public health information