Prerequisites for Club Trips
The club has minimum criteria for joining in the club's outdoor trips, including Wednesday evening sea paddling. These are:
1 star plus 4 trips with club coaches OR
2 star OR
Relevant previous paddling experience that can be verified by someone known to club coaches.
These criteria help us to run safe trips, while ensuring that one person won’t hold back the whole group.
For those new to the sport, the club runs an introductory and a refresher course in the spring (for more details see here). Completing one of these courses will enable most people to join us on club trips. Unfortunately, our volunteer coaches do not have the capacity to run these courses more than once a year - but, if you do miss out on these opportunities, there are plenty of other ways to gain experience, including through some of the very good commercial providers locally.
Before attending any club trip, please make sure that you either have all of the appropriate kit and safety equipment to hand, or you have arranged to hire appropriate kit well in advance (see Equipment Hire). Please read the Club Risk Assessment policy, which can be downloaded below. For trip organisers and leaders, there is also a Risk Checklist (also downloadable below), which is intended to be a useful guide for thinking through the safety implications of a trip beforehand.
Contact Information for Club Trips
In the event of any incident, it can be essential to have a contact number for each paddler and also emergency contact details. A number of incidents have arisen in the paddling community in the past where the group has become separated and the rescue has been hampered because it has been unclear whether all paddlers were off the water. Shared contact details within the group helps avoid this situation. In the event of illness or injury, emergency contact numbers can also be useful. Members do provide such details at annual membership renewal, but they may not be appropriate to a particular day’s paddling, may change, and will not routinely be available to the leader or event organiser.
It is recommended that each event organiser collects names and contact details for all participants, together with any medical issues or requirements, prior to the start of each trip. This information will be retained by the event organiser or trip leader for the duration of the trip - with all participants being made aware of the location of that information (e.g. trip leader’s day hatch).