Overall in the UK, canoeing has a good track record for event safety management; however there have been a number of serious accidents which has demonstrated that more could be done to improve this.
In order to support clubs and canoeing activity at all levels, British Canoeing now requires a club to have an Event Safety Officer whose responsibility includes highlighting ‘duty of care’ issues and offers simple and effective solutions to safety management issues.
In relation to Braintree Canoeing Club, we generally only run Club Activities; a Club Activity is defined as “Any paddling or non-paddling activity that is advertised, planned, coordinated and executed solely by and for the benefit of members of The Club. Non-paddling activities will include, but not limited to, committee meetings, The Club AGM and social gatherings of members of The Club.”
The important qualification is highlighted which says we only run activities for our members. In order for someone to attend such an activity they are required to become a member of The Club.
On the rare occasion that an Event is proposed to be run by The Club, the Event Safety Office will review the event with the organisers and seek approval from the Executive Committee.
If you have any questions on this, please contact a member of the committee.