The Committee of Basingstoke and Deane canoe club (the Club) shall maintain a risk assessment for the Club’s activities. The risk assessment shall be reviewed as necessary to ensure that it remains current. The Club shall be made aware of any significant safety issues that arise from the risk assessment and personal protective equipment mitigation requirements there in. A copy of the risk assessment shall be available to Club members from the Secretary on request.
All members should be able to swim at least 50 metres in the swimming pool or on sheltered water with their normal personal canoeing equipment.
It is Club policy to encourage safe canoeing practice including the use of suitable buoyancy aids, helmets and other safety equipment as directed by the risk assessment, advice of the coach or trip leader and appropriate for the paddling conditions encountered.
Any incident on a Club activity that leads to either a fatality or to a member requiring hospital treatment shall be reported to the Canoe England on their incident report form. All witnesses should be asked to complete a report. A confidential copy shall be kept by the Safety Officer to assist in future reviews of the Club’s Risk Assessment.
A brief report of any near misses shall be shall be made to the Safety Officer to assist in future reviews of the Club’s Risk Assessment. All witnesses should be asked to make a brief statement.
Leadership of Water-based Activities
It is Club policy to maintain a register of members whom the Committee has authorised to lead water based activities. Leadership shall not necessarily be restricted to the remit of formal Canoe England awards but may also be based on the experience of the member.
First Aid Qualifications
Authorised leader of water based activities shall hold a current, appropriate first aid certificate. For paddling on sheltered water that shall as a minimum be an eight hour qualification; for example the BCU Lifeguards Level 1 Aquatic First Aid. For paddling on moderate and advanced water that shall as a minimum be an 16 hour qualification; for example the BCU Lifeguards Level 2 Aquatic First Aid.