Bewl Canoe Club

Safety Rules

 1.  All canoeists must have valid third party insurance cover to participate in water activities. This cover can be obtained by becoming a member of the: British Canoe Union or by being a paid up member of Bewl Canoe Club.

 2.  All boats must have adequate buoyancy to support the canoe and the canoeists in the event of capsize.

 3.  Buoyancy aids are to be worn at all times during paddling activities.

 4.  Members over the age of 16 may canoe in a group of not less than three; provided that at least one member of that group have proved they hold a BCU 2* award and FRST/CST and are deemed proficient by the Club appointed coaches.

 5.  Members age 18 and over may canoe in a group of less than 3 provided that at least one member of that group have proved they hold a BCU 2* award plus FSRT/CST and are deemed proficient by the Club appointed coaches

 6.  Any child under the age of 16 will be allowed to canoe only when a supervising adult/parent who is in possession of a BCU 2* award plus FSRT/CST and has been deemed as proficient by the Club appointed BCU Coaches is present.

 7.  All members and their guests going onto the water must sign out and in on their return using the Signing Out Register form.(Kept opposite the changing rooms)

 8.  Canoeing will take place when the air temperature is 10 degrees C or below only if a wet or dry suit is worn (there is a weather monitor with a display of water temperature in the foyer of the Clubhouse - the can be seen online).

 9.  Canoeing will only be allowed in poor visibility at the discretion of the BVSC Duty Manager. All members and guests are to ensure they follow the instructions of the BVSC Duty Manager.

 10. Canoeists are required to carry a mobile phone which has stored the number of the Sailing Club (01892 890930) and Bewl Rangers (01892 890486) to be used in an emergency (note this will transfer into the Rangers radio system if unanswered after 10 rings).

Safety Rules Last Checked / Updated: September 2012 by Clive Wilson


Club Rules

1.    Buoyancy aids and spray decks must be hung up to dry after use.

2.    Club activities are those events which appear on the Club Calendar of events.

3.    Canoes must be emptied of equipment and water after use and sponged dry.

4.    Any damage to Club equipment must be reported to the Secretary.

5.   Any member arranging a paddle with other members without the prior approval of the Committee does so independently of Club activities and will be deemed a private event.

6.    Vehicles should only be parked in the designated parking areas, not in front of the Clubhouse or on the slipways. 

7.    Valid Membership passes must be displayed in vehicles at all times.

8.    Members and their guests must return any kit borrowed to the appropriate area in the shed.

9.    Members may request permission to organise a Club activity however permission may be given only if the Committee are in reciept of full details which will include: suitability of member named as trip leader, risk assessment, suitability of proposed paddlers together with contact details, a named emergency contact for the activity.

10.  The Member last off the water must ensure that the Canoe sheds are locked. 

11.  Members may, at the Committees discretion and subject to availability and payment of the appropriate fee be allocated  a racking space for the storage of their canoe/kayak. Members own boats and equipment stored in the Canoe shed must be clearly marked with the members name.

       Members should take necessary steps to insure their kit, as the Club accept no liability for any damage caused.   

       Racks will be allocated based on frequency of use of the boat concerned. Members who have allocated rack spaces will be asked to vacate them if the boat being stored is not used at least on average once a month. Any such decision will be take by the full committee, where after the member will be given one month to remove their boat from the Canoe Sheds.

       Members must not use racks allocated to another member without their prior permission.

       Members requiring a rack space should make a request to the committee.

Page Last Updated: October 2012