Photos by ROB LACKEY
Sorry SBC Paddlers are not currently accepting any new membership applications. For those seeking a club to join, please check British Canoeing website. Thank you.
All photos by Laura Brooks ©
15-04-2021 A few photos of my morning paddle to 11 arches.
All photos by Dave Morris ©
Recently one of our members, Angie Whitmore has been appointed Young Peoples Project Coordinator at the Peter Le Marchant Trust in Loughborough.One of her first projects is to involve young volunteers to collect rubbish on the canal. This will be part of the Surfers Against Sewage, ‘Million Mile Beach Clean’.The clean up will involve volunteers from Loughborough University, Sea Cadets and Peter Le Marchant Trust amongst others. It would be good if some our younger members and families could also be involved. SBC Paddlers will supply our own boat and kit and some of our older members will offer support and organise the logistical side.Apart the obvious benefits of helping the environment, the event will provide the opportunity:
- to meet other young people interested in the water
- practice paddle skills
- paddle in a different environment
- will add something to you CVs
- tick off miles for Surfers Against Sewage
If you are interested please contact myself through the usual channels.PS We need to send a team considerably younger than the one in the photo!
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Following tonights government announcement, we can confirm club sessions will restart on the week commencing, Monday April 12th. These will be coordinated by Graeme and details will follow. As we ease back, the sessions will members only (including those who have recently applied and been accepted).British Canoeing Guidelines allow for groups greater than six paddlers. The total number of paddlers in our groups will be determined by the group organiser and what they feel safe with. So you may see groups of varying sizes going out. In any case, all sessions will have to remain Covid secure, with social distancing and each paddler responsible for cleaning their own boat and kit. So its not all rules and regulations here is a taster of some early day events to look forward to:
- Loughborough Loop
- Shardlow Loop via Weston on Trent
- River Clean Up Normanton
SBC Paddlers in Normanton on Soar have completed a river clean up this weekend to take part in the Surfers Against Sewage Autumn Beach Clean- Summit to Sea.Armed with 28 litter pickers, 17 paddler members and 11 prospective members ( in groups of 6) ranging from 10-70 years of age jumped into canoes and kayaks supported by British Canoeing and Rushcliffe Borough CouncilAfter several hours over two days, the team covered 26km of the River Soar collecting eight sacks of rubbish plus a bike frame, styling head, flipper and foot pump from Zouch to the Eleven Arches including the junction with the canal at Loughborough. SBC paddlers have worryingly noticed the progressive build up of plastic bags caught up and shredded into the trees and bushes on the riverbanks and became increasingly concerned for the impact on the river wildlife. Members put a focus on these ‘plastic trees’ and dedicated time to freeing the plastic and removing the litter to support the nesting wildlife.At the beginning of lockdown, as a Club, we noticed a big increase in the plastic and rubbish left on the river banks and in the river. One positive from this clean up is that the quantity of rubbish collected this weekend is half the amount compared to the 17 bags collected on the same stretch last year!It was a very interesting weekend, and we will be continually working on the river to make sure it stays safe, beautiful, and free of pollutants and plastics!A massive thank you to all 28 members who got involved this weekend! We couldn’t have achieved it without you! #ClearAccessClearWaters#surfersagainstsewage
All photos by Laura Brookes ©
SBC Paddlers Guidelines for paddling at the Soar Boat Club.
You should not paddle or attend The Soar Boat Club, if you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating.
- Only paddle with members of your household or with one other appropriate person.
- Only British Canoeing members- to satisfy insurance and licence requirements.
- Only use own kit and boats. No sharing.
- For those who are full BC members and do not have their own kit, you will be allowed to use club kit and one club boat. Please put some form of identification on the boat, so that boat is solely used by you. You may borrow a paddle and BA for the duration of the restrictions.
- Take evidence of BC membership
- Maintain social distancing of 2m if fellow paddler is not a family member.
- Paddle within your capabilities. Only competent and experienced paddlers should be on the water independently. You are responsible for your own safety.
- Sensitivity to the environment. Nature has started to reclaim habitats. Avoid disturbing nesting birds.
Use of SBC Conditions
- Travel to club in separate vehicles if paddling with some body from a separate household.
- Park vehicles at least 2m apart.
- Do not use the clubhouse or facilities.
- Where possible avoid skin-contact with surfaces you may come into contact with, e.g. handrails, gates. If possible wear gloves.
• Stagger paddling if more than one pair/household arrive at the club. 1
• If carrying boats stay same end, wear gloves.
• No sharing food or drink.
• When meeting up, avoid handshakes etc
• Avoid resting or congregating on busy sections of towpaths, locks etc.
• Respect and socially distance other water users, especially boat residents. • Bring cleansing gel, wipes or soap and water.
For further information:
Please act responsibly and follow the above guidelines, remember you are a member of a club affiliated to British Canoeing and a representative of SBC Paddlers and the Soar Boat Club. So responsible paddling and social distancing at all times.
Oh and enjoy it!!
A very good video by Colin Skeath and Ray Goodwin.