Covid 19 – Alert level 5, all use of the docks and compound, club trips and events etc will be suspended with immediate effect.

Hi All,

I think we all knew it was coming.  Tonight`s announcement of an alert level 5 means that we should suspend all club paddles until further notice. You are free to exercise alone or within any guidelines which are yet to be announced but all use of the docks and compound, club trips and events etc will be suspended with immediate effect.

The Club Calendar and Bookwhen site has been changed to reflect this new level of alert. The new measures become law on Wednesday, but we are advised to follow the guidance immediately to protect all in the area.

Coronavirus (COVID‑19)

National lockdown: stay at home

You must stay at home. This is the single most important action we can all take to protect the NHS and save lives.

You must not leave your home unless necessary.

Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.

LCC

Surfing since lockdown

Surfing since lockdown

We are fortunate in where we live. Even though we have just been put into tier 3, and cannot travel out of our region, we are lucky to have the amazing coastline around us. In recent years I have been mainly a park n play paddler, but with everywhere closed to us, it is time to get back on the surf which I love.

Crosby has always been a favourite spot. It’s close to home and gives a good beating when the wind is blowing. Even an hour on the water makes you ache the next day.

With lockdown here for a while, whilst we are still allowed, it is a great time to explore the local coastline.

In the last week we have been to Crosby Beach, Perch Rock New Brighton and Leasowe Bay, Wallasey.

Crosby runs on Westerly winds of 15mph, looks like New Brighton and Leasowe run on Northerly winds of 10mph.

If you get the opportunity to try the sea, give it a go. Even if you swim, it’s usually a short walk to the beach with your boat and paddle. Ask Karl Tattum about this, as he has been an expert it boat and paddle swimming recently.

Hope to get out again soon. See you on the water.

Paul Harwood

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Plans to create 250m ‘surf beach’ in Merseyside

Plans to create 250m ‘surf beach’ in Merseyside

There will also be a spa, 4 star hotel, and new restaurants and cafes.

Ambitious plans have been put forward to create a ‘world-class’ surf beach destination in Southport. Residents and visitors alike can expect a 250m stretch of beach with a huge surf wave pool, and with a 360-degree boardwalk.

Using what those behind the scheme say is “the next generation” of surf pool technology, ‘Southport Cove’ will make waves that can reach over 2 metres for accomplished surfers, to just 0.5 metres for those who prefer ‘fun’ waves. The spectacular seafront plan from Sefton Council and Go Surf is also proposed to include a water-based spa, 4-star accommodation, restaurant & cafés, and indoor leisure facilities. There will also be planted gardens so that non-water users can take in the pool’s surrounding landscape.

Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, Cllr Marion Atkinson, said: “Many people remember the much-loved open-air swimming bath on the seafront next to Princes Park closed its doors to the public for the very last time in 1989. “This project will bring back a viable facility, striking a balance between the memory of this well-loved former attraction and a new, modern, family-oriented offer that will be unique to the region.”

Let us know what you think of the plans in our comments section below

Southport Cove, the local authority says, will create up to 120 new jobs and bring more than £20 million per annum to the local economy with an expected 150,000 client visits a year.

The £40 million project aligns well with Sefton Council’s vision for Southport’s visitor economy, increasing the number of reasons to visit and to stay, all year round.

A spokesman for the founders of Go Surf said: “We’re taking a world class surf pool and building a resort around it that’s far more than just a place for catching waves, something that all visitors and members can enjoy on any given day of the year.

“It’s a real privilege to have this opportunity to do something great for our hometown, we are thrilled to be bringing our unique brand of water-based sport to Southport.”

Source: https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/ambitious-plans-create-stunning-surfing-19178152

If you missed Monday night’s talk “A sea kayak expedition to Thailand/ SE Asia” by Roger Morgan you can now watch it on the Club YouTube Link….

If you missed Monday night’s talk “A sea kayak expedition to Thailand/ SE Asia” by Roger Morgan you can now watch it on the Club YouTube Link….

Past talks

Monday 7th December Sea Kayaking in Thailand by Roger Morgan Club YouTube Link….

Monday 30th November Alpine Paddling Holiday – Escaping lockdown by Keith Steer Club YouTube Link….

Monday 23rd November Sea Kayaking in Broughton Strait, Vancouver Island by Debbie Hughes Club YouTube Link….

Monday 16th November Canoe Polo by Josh Cook Club YouTube Link….

Monday 9th November Expedition on the Green River in Utah by Roger Morgan Club YouTube Link….

Monday 19th October Club Awards Evening, Talks and AGM Club YouTube Link….

Monday 12th October St Kilda trip with Gordon Brown in 2018 by, Kris D’Aout Club YouTube Link….

Monday 5th October Folding Kayaks and expeditions by Tim Haines Club YouTube Link….

Monday 28th September Skye by Jenny Brown and Chris Thompson Club YouTube Link….

Monday 21st September River Tweed by Brian Green Club YouTube Link…..

Monday 14th September Outer Hebrides Caz and Pete Thomas Club YouTube Link…..

Docks Paddles are now live on the club website for booking / reserving a place for next week after Wednesday 2nd December.

If you missed last night’s talk Alpine Paddling Holiday – “Escaping lockdown” by Keith Steer you can now watch it on the Club YouTube Link….

Chris Murphy’s Alps video 2020 “Escape from Covid” https://vimeo.com/469138331

Upcoming talks

Monday 7th December Sea Kayaking in Thailand by Roger Morgan

Monday 30th November Alpine Paddling Holiday – Escaping lockdown by Keith Steer Club YouTube Link….

Monday 23rd November Sea Kayaking in Broughton Strait, Vancouver Island by Debbie Hughes Club YouTube Link….

Monday 16th November Canoe Polo by Josh Cook Club YouTube Link….

Monday 9th November Expedition on the Green River in Utah by Roger Morgan Club YouTube Link….

Monday 19th October Club Awards Evening, Talks and AGM Club YouTube Link….

Monday 12th October St Kilda trip with Gordon Brown in 2018 by, Kris D’Aout Club YouTube Link….

Monday 5th October Folding Kayaks and expeditions by Tim Haines Club YouTube Link….

Monday 28th September Skye by Jenny Brown and Chris Thompson Club YouTube Link….

Monday 21st September River Tweed by Brian Green Club YouTube Link…..

Monday 14th September Outer Hebrides Caz and Pete Thomas Club YouTube Link…..

Docks Paddles are now live on the club website for booking / reserving a place for next week after Wednesday 2nd December.

Docks Paddles are now live on the club website for booking / reserving a place for next week after Wednesday 2nd December.

The two Sunday sessions will become visible later today after their start times as they are only published 7 days in advance. Other paddles will go onto the club calendar as and when volunteer leaders or coaches suggest them.

There are several ways to navigate to the booking page but the easiest it click through from the calendar on the website. This should give details of the paddle and how to book. You will need your club username and password. See the screen shots below.

Please remember –

  • Only reserve a place if you can definitely make it and intend to paddle. We are considering blocking those who regularly do not turn up and prevent others from a place.
  • We are now in winter so you will need to be adequately dressed just in case you go in the water or weather conditions are poor on the day.
  • If you are unwell you must stay away and should not attend again for 14 days

Covid-19 Guidance (paddling and Equipment)

WE ARE CURRENTLY STILL IN A NATIONAL LOCKDOWN
From 00:01 Thursday 5th November to 00:01 Wednesday 2nd December we will suspend all club paddles.
After this date we intend to resume with the guidance below.

During these difficult times we are not doing any general paddles where you can just turn up and paddle at the last minute. To control numbers, every paddler needs to be pre-booked with the coordinator or through our Bookwhen.com booking site. Paddles are notified through the club`s Google Group and also placed on the clubs calendar. All paddling takes place in separate, small groups of up to six paddlers. We follow all National and Local guidance and adhere to the British Canoeing guidelines for paddlesports. From December 2nd 2020 the region is now in Tier TWO (High Alert)

Latest Guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-levels-what-you-need-to-know

  • Please stay away if you have any symptoms or are self-isolating.
  • Please use hand sanitiser immediately before and after paddling.
  • Remain in your car until called forward to enter the compound and leave as soon as possible after you have finished.
  • You are required to wear a face covering while moving around the compound area (from your car to the compound and only removing it when your are afloat).
  • Do not chat or socialise with anyone else from another group while in or around the compound and maintain 2m distance at all times.

The club is now moving to Stage 4, where most paddles at the docks are using club equipment. You must bring your own hand sanitiser and spray and use it frequently and sanitise any loaned equipment (eg paddle shaft)

Stage 1 – Promotion of club led trips on easy water currently with up to 5 others.
Stage 2 – Club led trips allowed to launch from Coburg Dock (but paddlers must use their own equipment as the compound will not be opened).  Parking is available on the top car park if the barrier is not open (£1 per hour)!
Stage 3 – If the named leader of these Coburg Dock trips is also a key holder and is willing,  they can allow people in their group access to the compound to collect and sanitise a set of equipment. A full Covid-19 risk assessment will need to be consulted.
Stage 4 A “Docks Paddle” will consist of a single group but a “Docks Session” may have several distinct and separate groups paddling at the same time. All paddlers will be pre-booked with a leader. A full Covid-19 risk assessment will need to be consultedLCC Covid-19 Risk Assessment
Stage 5 – Allowing a return to general paddles of more than 6 at any one time but this will depend on Government advice for mass gatherings.

Liverpool Canoe Club Advice on Covid 19

The club has agreed the following protocols:

  • If you have any symptoms of Coronavirus, please stay at home and self-isolate.
  • All paddling will be in pre-booked groups with a maximum number 6 paddlers with a named sheltered water leader (A group with more than six will be able to paddle together if made up of ONLY two households).  Canoe Polo sessions will run under British Canoeing guidance notes and risk assessments with full social distancing.
  • All Club Paddles should be on the calendar and advertised to all in the club.  Please avoid forming clique groups during this time to ensure fair access for all.
  • Each group of 6 will have a named sheltered water leader who will be responsible for organising the paddlers both on and off the water. Sheltered Water Leaders and coaches
  • A Docks supervisor (key holder) can organise a Docks Session and ask for it to be put on the calendar. (email calendar@liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk )  This is where they will open the compound at the start and end of the session and allow sheltered water leaders and their pre-booked groups to access the boats one group at a time and get quickly on the water and paddle off.  The next group will then move from their cars to access the boats with only one group allowed in the compound at any one time.  Each group will operate strictly as a distinctly separate group and leave quickly after they have returned all loaned equipment.  Each leader is responsible for coordinating and supervising their group including asking if the docks supervisor has room for their paddle.  When advertising a paddle please give details of specific craft or purpose (eg Stand Up Paddle Board paddle for 6, Open Boats paddling or “General purpose easy paddle” etc)
  • All paddlers should use their own hand sanitiser before, during and after each paddle and loaned equipment should be sanitised before its use by the user (paddles, buoyancy aid zips and boat handles etc.
  • The changing sheds should not be used – They will remain locked.
  • Members should be encouraged to select the correct equipment without trying multiple sets.
  • The club will supply antibacterial spray for use on the padlocks etc but members borrowing paddles should clean loaned items themselves and remove all cleaning products and waste.
  • We will continue the policy of NOT allowing members to hire club equipment for paddles away from the docks.  There simply is not the capacity to allow for this.   The exception would be for key holders who can use their own key to collect and return club equipment used solely for them or paddlers under their lead to participate in such club paddles.  If you need to borrow club equipment under this arrangement please contact website@liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk for the new link as the booking form has been removed from the website.
  • If you are feeling unwell or are in one of the medium or high-risk groups you should continue to shield and stay away from club promoted paddles.
  • Children under 16 will only be allowed on the water with a paddling adult from the household (eg a parent).
  • There is absolutely no expectation that any members of the Stewardship group or keyholders group should run any sessions unless they expressly want to.  If you are still advised to shield, then please continue to do so.
  • People can help carry longer kayaks and still main 2 metres, but they should be encouraged to always use the same pairs carrying the same ends when getting off the water.
  • Paddlers should not pass anything to others eg a camera etc

Sheltered Water Leaders and coaches

Guidelines for club Paddles and Trips

Template for google group email advertising a club trip……

If you have an idea for a paddle, would like help or advice to organise it, please email website@liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk

We now allow more than one group on a session at one time. How will it work in practice:
A key holder Ruth has asked for an open boat paddle to be added to the calendar and is organising her group of up to 6 paddlers (via googlegroup).  A non-keyholder but qualified paddler Janet emails Ruth to ask if she minds her running a second group for a general docks paddle in kayaks.  Ruth replies no problem and Janet organises her group for up to 6 paddlers.   Both groups arrive at 10am.  Ruth opens up the compound and her group get on the water while Janet’s group remain by the cars.  Individual paddlers sanitise any loaned equipment – especially their hands and paddle shafts.  The padlocks are left “on the hook” but Ruth waits near the compound to see that Janet gets her group on the water and locks the compound.   Both groups remain separate and discrete using which ever area of the docks they want but all paddlers remain social distanced at all times (eg 2m apart).   Janet’s group return before the allotted return time of 12:30 and remain on the water.  When Ruth returns, she opens up the compound and her group quickly put the equipment away.  They then move to their cars and leave.   Janet’s group exit the water and return their equipment.  Janet, overseen by Ruth locks the compound and all remaining paddlers leave the site.   Each group had a leader but Ruth had overall responsibility for the security of the compound.   Ruth found it so easy to do she asked for the paddle to be named a “Docks session” next week so that other non-keyholder sheltered water leaders could email her to ask to bring their own group to the session. 
All paddlers MUST be pre-booked with a leader and these details kept for a minimum of 21 days to aid track and trace.

FAQ – Club promoted trips.

What are the current guidelines:  Social distancing must take place at all times along with frequent hand washing or hand sanitising.  Currently no more than 6 people may meet for exercise at an outdoor venue.

How do I organise a club paddle:  Contact website@liverpoolcanoeclub.co.uk to add the trip to the calendar.   Brief details are then sent around by google group email – Members are then free to reply confirming they would like to take part and give brief details of experience etc if not known to organiser. Coordinator then confirms place (or not) on the trip and time / meeting place etc

What if someone brings a friend without confirming with the organiser meaning the group is now larger than 6 – both will be asked to go home and not paddle with the rest of the group. (absolute maximum of 6 people – including children). Only people booked on should attend and only people from the same household in the same car or boat.

What if another group is accessing the compound The second group must wait on the water or in their cars until the first is finished. We want to minimise the time spent in and around the compound to absolute minimum.

What if I do not have my own equipment – Most dock paddles are advertised as allowing members to borrow club equipment but you CANNOT hire club equipment for trips away from the docks unless the trip leader has indicated that he or she will be present to open the compound for you to collect and return the equipment.  The only exception is a key holder who pre-books a kayak for themselves or trip members for a club trip and can return it the same day with their key!

Can the trip be A to B with a car shuttle – Social distancing guidelines say no car sharing for members outside a household, so these kinds of trips are unfortunately not advised at the moment. However the government has issued advice if you need to car share……

What if a paddler drops out – this may result in others being turned away and should not happen – only reply to an email about a trip if you are 100% certain you can make the paddle

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If you missed last night’s talk “Sea Kayaking the Broughton Strait, Vancouver Island” by Debbie Hughes you can now watch it

If you missed last night’s talk “Sea Kayaking the Broughton Strait, Vancouver Island” by Debbie Hughes you can now watch it on the Club YouTube Link….

Upcoming talks

Monday 7th December Sea Kayaking in Thailand by Roger Morgan

Monday 30th November Alpine Paddling holiday – Escaping lockdown by Keith Steer

Monday 23rd November Sea Kayaking in Broughton Strait, Vancouver Island by Debbie Hughes Club YouTube Link….

Monday 16th November Canoe Polo by Josh Cook Club YouTube Link….

Monday 9th November Expedition on the Green River in Utah by Roger Morgan Club YouTube Link….

Monday 19th October Club Awards Evening, Talks and AGM Club YouTube Link….

Monday 12th October St Kilda trip with Gordon Brown in 2018 by, Kris D’Aout Club YouTube Link….

Monday 5th October Folding Kayaks and expeditions by Tim Haines Club YouTube Link….

Monday 28th September Skye by Jenny Brown and Chris Thompson Club YouTube Link….

Monday 21st September River Tweed by Brian Green Club YouTube Link…..

Monday 14th September Outer Hebrides Caz and Pete Thomas Club YouTube Link…..

If you missed last night’s talk “Canoe Polo at Liverpool Canoe Club” by Josh Cook you can now watch it….

If you missed last night’s talk “Canoe Polo at Liverpool Canoe Club” by Josh Cook you can now watch it on the Club YouTube Link….

Upcoming talks

Monday 7th December Sea Kayaking in Thailand by Roger Morgan

Monday 30th November ????????

Monday 23rd November Sea Kayaking in Broughton Strait, Vancouver Island by Debbie Hughes

Monday 16th November Canoe Polo by Josh Cook Club YouTube Link….

Monday 9th November Expedition on the Green River in Utah by Roger Morgan Club YouTube Link….

Monday 19th October Club Awards Evening, Talks and AGM Club YouTube Link….

Monday 12th October St Kilda trip with Gordon Brown in 2018 by, Kris D’Aout Club YouTube Link….

Monday 5th October Folding Kayaks and expeditions by Tim Haines Club YouTube Link….

Monday 28th September Skye by Jenny Brown and Chris Thompson Club YouTube Link….

Monday 21st September River Tweed by Brian Green Club YouTube Link…..

Monday 14th September Outer Hebrides Caz and Pete Thomas Club YouTube Link…..

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