Recommendations for return to Paddlesport with CANI – Step 2

Tuesday 23rd June 2020

CANI welcome the latest update on Friday 12th June from the NI Executive and Sport NI for the further easing of restrictions for watersports. Sport NI have stated that, in their view we are at Step 2 of the Sport NI Framework for outdoor sports activity.

Please take care to follow Northern Ireland specific guidance from the NI Executive and from CANI for paddlesport as other regions have different phases. 

CANI has taken guidance from NI Executive, Sport NI, British Canoeing and other National Associations to keep things as simple as possible to understand and safe for all.

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-recovery-plan

http://www.sportni.net/about-us/framework-return-sport/

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, or someone you live 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. There may be a need to adapt to changes in guidance at short notice. Information on NI Executive Government’s approach to managing covid-19 is available at: 
https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19

CANI recognise that these are challenging times for us all and our first priority is the safety and health of everyone, as we do our level best to stop the spread of the virus. We really appreciate the level of creativity and innovation shown by many within our community to keep people connected at this time. We are confident that we will emerge from this an even stronger community of paddlers.

At present CANI recommends that the following steps are followed for all paddlesport:

  • Paddlers who are competent for the environment and can individually self-rescue can go paddling; staying within their capability, maintaining current social distancing guidelines in a group of up to 10.
  • Mitigating procedures should be in place to reduce the likelihood of breaking social distancing guidelines. Paddle only where no rescues are likely to be needed and self rescue will be sufficient. Circumstances where rescues that break social distancing are likely should be avoided.
  • At this step beginner/novice sessions should be avoided due to the difficulty of maintaining social distancing. Beginners’ sessions introduce the unknown elements of participant’s; water confidence, physical ability and boat control therefore it will be very difficult to have effective mitigating strategies in place to maintain social distancing. CANI is obliged to make the most reasonable interpretation of government guidance in the service of its members. 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 safety framework should be put in place whilst on the water.
    • Paddlers should be competent in the environment and able to self rescue.
    • Paddle only where no rescues are likely to be needed and self rescue will be sufficient. Circumstances where rescues that break social distancing are likely should be avoided.
    • Consideration should be given to the weather and water conditions and that both are well within your capabilities.
    • Tell someone where you are going and how long for – as well as letting them know when you’re off the water.
  • Only people from the same household can paddle crew boats, e.g. tandem sea kayaks and open canoes.
  • Activity must respect local restrictions. (i.e. Waterways Ireland and the Coast Guard).
  • Follow current government guidance on use of public transport.
  • Only share transport with members of your household (e.g. no shuttles with people outside of your household).
  • There is no limit to travel but use common sense and do what is reasonable, CANI advise to remain local, avoid popular spots and places where you have to touch shared surfaces, lock gates, etc.
  • Expect public toilets and handwashing facilities to be closed. Use your toilet at home, and be extra sensitive of the need to observe best practice at all times.

Guidance for Clubs – Follow link for full details

Overview

  • Clubs should conduct and record Covid-19 risk assessments, mitigating procedures, staff/volunteer training and raise member awareness. 
  • Paddlers should be competent in the environment and able to self rescue.
  • Mitigating procedures should be in place to reduce the likelihood of breaking social distancing guidelines. Paddle only where no rescues are likely to be needed and self rescue will be sufficient. Circumstances where rescues that break social distancing are likely should be avoided.
  • At this step beginner/novice sessions should be avoided due to the difficulty of maintaining social distancing. Beginners’ sessions introduce the unknown elements of participant’s; water confidence, physical ability and boat control therefore it will be very difficult to have effective mitigating strategies in place to maintain social distancing. CANI is obliged to make the most reasonable interpretation of government guidance in the service of its members. 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.
  • Club activity can resume for up to a maximum of 10 competent paddlers on the water at any one time including coaches/leaders. Multiple groups should not be on the water at the same time and in the same location.
  • Clubs should only re-open when they have completed the necessary planning and mitigating actions and feel able to operate safely and within the guidelines. 
  • Sharing of equipment should be avoided where possible. If sharing equipment, a rigorous cleaning process should be in place as per Health and Safety Recommendations and following equipment manufacturers instructions. 

Guidance for Coaches and Leaders – Follow link for full details

Overview

  • Coaches, leaders and providers should conduct and record Covid-19 risk assessments, mitigating procedures and provide information for co-workers and participants. 
  • Paddlers should be competent in the environment and able to self rescue.
  • Mitigating procedures should be in place to reduce the likelihood of breaking social distancing guidelines. Paddle only where no rescues are likely to be needed and self rescue will be sufficient. Circumstances where rescues that break social distancing are likely should be avoided.
  • At this step beginner/novice sessions should be avoided due to the difficulty of maintaining social distancing. Beginners’ sessions introduce the unknown elements of participant’s; water confidence, physical ability and boat control therefore it will be very difficult to have effective mitigating strategies in place to maintain social distancing. CANI is obliged to make the most reasonable interpretation of government guidance in the service of its members. 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.
  • Activity can resume for up to a maximum of 10 competent paddlers on the water at any one time including coaches/leaders. Multiple groups should not be on the water at the same time and in the same location. 
  • Coaches and leaders should only start operating when they have completed the necessary planning and mitigating actions and feel able to operate safely and within the guidelines. 
  • Sharing of equipment should be avoided where possible. If sharing equipment, a rigorous cleaning process should be in place as per Health and Safety Recommendations and following equipment manufacturers instructions. 

Guidance for Centres – Follow link for full details

Overview

  • Centres should conduct and record Covid-19 risk assessments, mitigating procedures, staff/volunteer training and provide information for participants. 
  • Paddlers should be competent in the environment and able to self rescue.
  • Mitigating procedures should be in place to reduce the likelihood of breaking social distancing guidelines. Paddle only where no rescues are likely to be needed and self rescue will be sufficient. Circumstances where rescues that break social distancing are likely should be avoided.
  • At this step beginner/novice sessions should be avoided due to the difficulty of maintaining social distancing. Beginners’ sessions introduce the unknown elements of participant’s; water confidence, physical ability and boat control therefore it will be very difficult to have effective mitigating strategies in place to maintain social distancing. CANI is obliged to make the most reasonable interpretation of government guidance in the service of its members. 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.
  • Activity can resume for up to a maximum of 10 competent paddlers on the water at any one time including coaches/leaders. Multiple groups should not be on the water at the same time and in the same location.
  • Centres should only re-open when they have completed the necessary planning and mitigating actions and feel able to operate safely and within the guidelines.Sharing of equipment should be avoided where possible. If sharing equipment, a rigorous cleaning process should be in place as per Health and Safety Recommendations and following equipment manufacturers instructions. 

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