Event Booking Terms

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Club Activities

Club activities (sessions, trips, events, etc.) are only considered as those promoted through our official website www.bvcc.org.uk as outlined by our Authenticity Statement.

Our Commitment

Our priority remains the health and well-being of our members. We are committed to ensuring that all of our members are aware of the current restrictions and work together to ensure any club activities only take place in as safe an environment as possible.

We are taking all reasonable precautions to help suppress the Covid-19 virus and act in accordance with all relevant legislation and government guidance to maintain our Duty of Care to you as a Club member at all times.

Event Booking Consent and Declarations 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 will adhere to Government and Public Health England guidelines whilst attending the Club, partaking in Club activities or Hiring Club Equipment
  • I confirm that I shall check my local alert level before attending and activities and that I understand that the club can not accommodate anyone travelling from any Tier 3 areas
  • 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 in the last 10 days
    • I have not displayed any Covid-19 symptoms or tested positive for Covid-19
    • Those I live with have not displayed any Covid-19 symptoms or tested positive for Covid-19
    • To the best of my knowledge I have not been in close contact* with anyone who has displayed symptoms or tested positive for Covid-19 or been contacted by the NHS and told you have been in close contact
    • I have not arrived in England from abroad from a ‘red list’ country, or from an ‘amber list’ country and not been fully vaccinated
  • 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 on Covid-19 from the relevant Club officials.

*Close contact is either face to face (under 1m) for any given length of time or between 1m and 2m for more than 15mins (including car sharing).

Event Booking Consent and Declarations regarding Booking Online

  • I understand that I am required to book online for any club activities
  • I understand that I am required to book online for any equipment hire and that I should read, understand and agree to the latest published hire terms before collecting equipment.
  • A booking is not confirmed until any applicable fees due are paid and a club official has updated the status from pending to confirmed.

Event Booking Consent and Declarations regarding Data and Information

  • I understand that all members are responsible for ensuring their own information is accurate and up to date, as it might be required by the event organisers and leaders for club activities. (You can view and edit your details in my account > profile and settings)
  • I agree that the information about bookings may be held digitally online and may be used in the administration of the Club
  • I confirm that I have detailed to the best of my knowledge any temporary changes to my health, disabilities, medication and medical conditions in my account and that any recent changes shall be made known to the club member running the club activity

Event Booking Consent and Declarations regarding Club Activities

  • I understand that to attend any club activity the particpant(s) require to hold one of the clubs membership levels and that I should also have read and understood the membership terms
  • I understand that if the particpant(s) 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 particpant(s) should not take part in club activities
  • 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.