Booking Terms

Please familiarise yourself with our club documents.

Our Commitment

Our priority remains the health and well-being of our members. We are therefore committed to ensuring that any return to paddling or Club activities takes place in as safe environment as is possible and that we all continue to help suppress the spread of the Covid-19 virus. We will take all reasonable precautions against the Covid-19 virus and act in accordance with our Duty of Care to you as a Club member at all times. We will also ensure we act in accordance with all relevant legislation and government guidance in this area.

Booking Consent and Declarations for Club Activities in regards to controlling the spread of Covid-19

  • I confirm that I have read, understood, and agree to comply with the Club’s any Club guidance, communications, or policies related to Covid-19.
  • I confirm that I have read Covid-19 Risk Assessment and if attending a Canoe Polo sessions the Covid-19 Risk Assessment for Polo (see relevant section)
  • I confirm that I will adhere to Government and Public Health England guidelines whilst attending the Club or partaking in Club activities. 
  • I confirm that I have not displayed any Covid-19 symptoms or to the best of my knowledge been in close contact with someone who has displayed symptoms in the last 14 days
  • I understand that by attending the Club and partaking in Club activities I may be subject to an increased risk of exposure to Covid-19 and that by taking part in such activities I am accepting this increased risk.
  • I have sought answers to any and all questions I have regarding the Club’s position from the relevant Club officials.

Booking Consent and Declarations for Club Activities

  • I understand that to attend any club activity I require to hold one of the clubs membership levels so that I can provide the necessary contact information to help support those organising and running the activities and that I should also have read and understood the membership terms
  • I understand that all members are responsible for ensuring membership information is accurate and up to date so that it can be used if required by the event organisers and leaders
  • I agree that the information about bookings may be held on computer and may be used in the administration of the Club
  • I understand that if I cannot swim proficiently 50m that I should make this known to the club volunteers
  • I understand that the club/organisers accept no responsibility for loss, damage or injury caused by or during attendance of the activity/event except where such loss, damage or injury can be shown to result directly from the negligence of the club/organisers
  • I know of no reason the participant should not take part in club activities
  • I confirm that I have detailed to the best of my knowledge any temporary changes to my health, disabilities, medication and medical conditions in the comments section of the booking
  • I understand that the British Canoeing is insured for its civil liabilities as organiser of the event and that there is no personal accident cover for participants
  • I am aware that canoeing and/or kayaking is a potentially dangerous sport and I will obey the leader’s or his/her deputy’s requests on and off the water during any club trip as they are based on water levels, weather conditions, group ability and safety, and are final
  • I have read the sections below on Weil’s Disease and Hepatitis A and understand that it is crucial to sanitise hands after exiting the water and before eating, and that I should shower at the earliest point possible after the event is finished to minimise the risks associated with these.

Weil’s Disease (Leptospirosis or Iclerohemorrhagic)

Weil’s disease (common name) is caused by a bacterium, which is carried in the urine of infected domestic or wild animal, particularly rats. We can contract the disease from water contaminated with such urine. This could include pond, lakes, reservoirs, rivers, streams and canals. It can also be caught from wet banks and vegetation besides rivers, lakes etc, which can become contaminated in the same way.

The risk is greater where stagnant or slow moving water is involved but cases have occurred on swift-moving water. Infection is usually through cuts in the skin and mucus membranes of the mouth, nose and eyes. It can also result from swallowing contaminated water. The risk is greatly increased if you have any cuts or abrasions on your skin.

The earliest symptoms suggest flu, e.g. high temperature, general muscle and joint pains. Don’t delay telling your doctor if you have these symptoms after being at risk. If left untreated, more serious problems develop, such as jaundice, kidney, heart or respiratory problems which can have fatal results. As Leptospirosis is a rare disease, it may not be among your doctor’s first thoughts unless you let him/her know that you participate in water activities. Diagnosis is by blood test which can usually be arranged locally.

The Leptospirosis Reference Unit at the county hospital, Hereford. HR1 2ER. (Telephone 01432 268161), is available for advice and testing. Early treatment with antibiotics produces very satisfactory results.

Hepatitis A (infectious Hepatitis) – Extract from Water Wisdom, National Rivers Authority.

Hepatitis A is a virus infection of the liver, which can vary from a mild or in apparent illness to, rarely, a severe disabling disease lasting several months. The infection is caused by swallowing food or water contaminated with the virus, which is present in the faeces of infected patients, in sewage and in water contaminated with sewage. Infection has been caused by swallowing water during water sports. The incubation period varies, from two to six weeks after swallowing the virus. The onset of the illness is abrupt, with loss of appetite, fever nausea and abdominal discomfort, followed within a few days by jaundice. If you become ill at any time with these symptoms, call your doctor and tell him you participate in water sports.