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    COVID-19 UPDATE 03 JULY 2020
    If you want to read the full document including the annexes on Leading, Guiding, Equipment Storage & Cleaning etc, you can do so by visiting, The Scottish Canoe Association COVID-19 RESOURCE HUB.

    You can get there by going to:
    If you just want a copy of the main points:

    Key Changes 18th June 2020
    • People can meet outdoors with up to two other households per day (max 8 people). This means that more outdoor coaching/leading/guiding can now take place
    • Shared equipment can be used (subject to strict cleaning protocols being in force)
    • Outdoor equipment stores and compounds can be accessed (subject to strict access and cleaning protocols being in force)

    Key Changes 03 JULY 2020
    ● Lifting of the 5 mile limit on travel for leisure and exercise (except were local clusters of virus cases have been identified and notified)
    ● Customer toilets may reopen, subject to meeting the government guidance for their operation
    ● Update on group composition for young people

    Items that specifically caught attention:
    • 2. Group Size - Paddling can take place in groups of up to 8 people from 3 households outdoors with physical distancing.
    • 4. Travel - No shared travel can take place with multiple household groups in the same vehicle.
    • 10. Overnight stays - Overnight stays are only possible in advance-booked self-catering accommodation and second homes (without shared facilities between households). Other overnight stays, including camping, are not permitted. No sleeping in vans, no roadside or overnight parking.

    The Scottish Mountain Rescue Q&A Page is also worth a visit
    Remember

    Everything should be read in conjunction with any updated Scottish Government guidance on health, physical distancing and hygiene.

    Participants, clubs, providers and centres should be aware that not all activities will be possible at Phase 2 and not everything contained within Phase 2 will start immediately. Permitted activities will only be able to start once everything has been put in place to ensure the safety of participants, coaches and the general public.

    Given this:
    • All OCC Paddling and Paddling Related Activities will remain suspended until August 2020
    • OCC Membership Fees for this year – 2020/2021 – remain suspended.

    PHASE 2 GUIDANCE – 03 JULY 2020
    This phase allows most forms of canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding i.e. where physical distancing can be maintained. The SCA strongly recommends the following:
    1. To closely follow all advice - from the Scottish Government in relation to Coronavirus. gov.scot/coronavirus
    2. Group Size - Paddling can take place in groups of up to 8 people from 3 households outdoors with physical distancing. This will allow some club, centre and provider activity to begin to return with suitable control measures in place (listed later in this document). Group composition varies for under
    12s and 12-17 years olds. Please see Scottish Government guidance.
    3. Physical distancing - Paddlers must practice physical distancing at all times and maintain a distance apart of at least 2 metres away from others at all times. Paddlers should aim to avoid busy areas and take great care to maintain physical distancing at access and egress points.
    4. Travel - No shared travel can take place with multiple household groups in the same vehicle.
    The 5 mile limit is no longer in place except were local clusters of virus have been identified and notified.
    5. Safety - You must choose a suitable location and activity, taking into account the ability of the paddlers concerned. Paddlers are reminded that they are responsible for their own safety and should not rely on others to rescue them outside of their family group in order to maintain physical distancing. You should let others know of your plans.
    6. Paddling Activities - can now include:
    a. Independent paddling - this includes individuals/households comprising no more than 8 people from 3 households paddling whilst following all government guidelines.
    b. Coaching/Leading/Guiding and other organised activity - this can include activity organised by a qualified coach, leader or guide or under the remit of an organisation such as a club or centre. See Appendix A for further guidance, in particular relating to equipment. See point 7 regarding equipment.
    c. Activities involving beginners - beginners can take part, with consideration to suitable craft and venues. See Appendix B.
    d. Governing Body Awards - In line with the British Canoeing Awarding Body guidance, some British Canoeing courses and awards can take place, subject to all other criteria being met and explicit authorisation from SCA. See Appendix C.
    7. Equipment - Paddlers are encouraged to use their own equipment during this phase, or to have equipment allocated to them for the duration of this phase. Where equipment is to be used by individuals from more than one household (such as shared / borrowed equipment at a club or centre), refer to the Appendix D for further details. For guidance on accessing outdoor compound and storage safely please see Appendix D.
    8. Toilets - Sports facility operators and clubs may now open toilets for public use if they follow the guidelines outlined on the Scottish Government website. Follow Scottish Government Guidance.
    9. Changing rooms and other indoor facilities - changing facilities to remain closed.
    10. Overnight stays - overnight stays are only possible in advance-booked self-catering accommodation and second homes (without shared facilities between households). Other overnight stays, including camping, are not permitted. No sleeping in vans, no roadside or overnight parking.
    11. Paddling at the coast - Although lifeboat crews are operational, it is important that paddlers, coaches and leaders choose conditions and venues that are within the capability of both the individuals and the group to greatly reduce the risk of capsize or requiring assistance or rescue. Those considering trips on coastal waters should closely follow RNLI safety advice.
    12. Be kind, friendly and considerate to everyone you meet – deliberately being kind, friendly and considerate to everyone you meet whilst out is an incredibly powerful way to show that we are united against COVID-19. This behaviour could make a really positive difference to someone else's day. Remember to observe physical distancing at all times.
    13. Sensitivity to the environment - Remember all the normal considerations for protecting the environment, such as Check Clean Dry. Paddlers should take care to avoid the disturbance of nesting birds and other wildlife that may have returned to the water and are reminded that it is an offence to disturb rare birds when they are nesting.
    14. Respect other users - Paddlers should be aware and respect that other water users such as anglers may also be returning to the water after a prolonged spell away and should actively demonstrate a willingness to share the space.
    15. Access - Our right of responsible access and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code remain in place. Paddlers must also only use car parks that are open for use. Park cars well away from other vehicles in order to maintain physical distancing at all times.
    16. SCA membership - Members of clubs who are not full members of SCA are only insured when taking part in organised club activity. If paddlers want to ensure they are insured they can take out individual SCA membership if they wish to paddle independently of the club. www.canoescotland.org
    17. Insurance- To operate within the scope of the British Canoeing/SCA insurance, follow the Scottish Government and SCA guidance. If utilising independent insurance, check with your insurer.
    18. First Aid Protocols - review first aid protocols and equipment and follow the COVID-19 advice from the Resuscitation Council (UK) particularly in respect of any required resuscitation after major injury or drowning. Please ensure the first aid equipment has been updated appropriately for the COVID pandemic and first aiders have undertaken appropriate additional training
    19. Hand sanitiser - should be at least 70% alcohol based. Cleaning products should conform to EN14476 standard or any detergent is followed by chlorine releasing agent.
    20. Outdoor Sports Courts & Pitches
    a. Slalom courses and polo pitches are able to be used for non-contact activities as long as risk assessments are undertaken and all appropriate measures are put in place to ensure the safety of
    participants, staff and volunteers.
    b. Please refer to additional guidance produced by sportscotland at: Getting Your Facilities Fit for Sport .

    Stay safe out there.
    Last edited by Colin; 7 July 2020, 06:54 PM.
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