British Canoeing has published this practical and timely advice about training and racing in winter – please take a moment to read.
As part of British Canoeing’s efforts to collate and share examples of “near miss” safety problems, they are sharing this story of a racing paddler who was saved only thanks to the quick thinking and good first aid training of a fellow paddler. You can read the story here.
Clubs are required to complete risk assessments and submit them to the RMA in their region. These are forwarded to the MRC who collate them.
Two examples of good practice risk assessments can be found at the bottom of this document Continue reading “Risk Assessments”
British Canoeing, and the Marathon Racing Committee are committed to ensuring that everyone can enjoy canoeing in a safe environment where they are protected from any form of poor practice, abuse and neglect.
If you know of a safeguarding concern or allegation, whether it has been disclosed to you by someone else, something you have witnessed or something that has been worrying you, don’t keep it to yourself – always report the concern. British Canoeing’s safeguarding contacts are:-
British Canoeing Safeguarding Lead Tel: 0115 8968842
If you have a question or concern about safeguarding in Marathon specifically, please contact the MRC’s Safeguarding Officer Kat Wilson
During the season so far, a number of incidents have been drawn to the attention of the MRC relating to capsizes. These may have been through instability, or lack of skill, consideration or unnecessarily aggressive behaviour on part of other paddlers.
The MRC would like to remind all paddlers, team leaders and race organisers of the following points:
The Marathon Racing Rules for Competition clearly state that Race Organisers have the final say as to whether buoyancy aids shall be worn, and who must wear them. The penalty for breaking this or any safety rule is disqualification.
The Environment Agency website has a flood warning page and a river levels page. Neither will tell you how fast the river is flowing but they are a useful guide to whether your skills and equipment are up to the conditions.
There is also a dedicated Thames page showing the flow and advice for boats – red boards will usually mean no paddling is permitted.