Paddlesport is a risky activity
However the risks can be managed, the following information is not designed to scare it’s information you as a paddler need to be aware of. The coaches will be looking out for everyone’s safety – but everyone must take some responsibility for their own safety.
Although the list below seems long, don’t let it put you off; canoeing and kayaking are great fun and very rewarding.
It is recommended that you:
Cover minor cuts and scratches with waterproof plasters before getting in your boat.
Wear trainers or wet suit boots to avoid cutting your feet.
Always wash your hands and face before eating.
Wash or shower after canoeing.
Consider doing a first aid and an appropriate safety and rescue course.
Our club is affiliated with British Canoeing and their insurance covers all of our club activity. On the occasion that an activity is not covered by our insurance, in particular 'club peer paddles', where competent members may paddle outside of the club's safety framework such as without a leader or coach. On these paddles, members are responsible for their own safety, while the paddles may include members and be arranged through our 'Trip' application, the club can not take any responsibility. Members will be required to download and sign the Activity Waiver to confirm their understaning that they are fully responsible for their own safety and to protect the club and other paddlers from legal actiction in the case of injury.
Risks When Paddling
The risks may be uncommon or rare, but take care to protect yourself and others when paddling.