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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Guidance for learners of British Canoeing and British Canoeing Instructors, Coaches, Leaders, Guides, Quality Mark Centres and Course Providers.

British Canoeing has received several enquiries concerning the risks of COVID-19 during paddlesport activity and British Canoeing courses. 

The following guidance supplements guidance available from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE) https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response as well as Public Health Wales (https://phw.nhs.wales/news/public-health-wales-statement-on-novel-coronavirus-outbreak/), Health Protection Scotland (HPS) (https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19/) and Department of Health Northern Ireland (DHNI) (https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus\), and may change based on increasing experience in the care of patients with COVID-19, as well as the effect of the outbreak on health services. It is therefore important to always check the latest guidance on the DHSC/PHE/PHW/HPS/DHNI websites. 

COVID-19 is thought to spread in a way similar to seasonal influenza; from person-to-person through close contact and droplets. Standard principles of infection control and droplet precautions are the main control strategies and should be followed rigorously. Aerosol transmission can also occur. Attention to hand hygiene and containment of respiratory secretions produced by coughing and sneezing are the cornerstones of effective infection control. 

We would encourage you to read the following Government guidance in order to develop strategies if the current situation should change. 

If you are in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, please see your National Association website for any further country-specific guidance. 

Government guidance 

Statement for Course Candidates and Activity Participants

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We would encourage you to read the following Government guidance in order to develop strategies if the current situation should change. 

Government guidance 

If you are exhibiting symptoms typical of flu, a cold or have been in close contact with someone who has the COVID-19 infection, then you should not attend the course/activity. If you have travelled to/from the countries/regions as listed in https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk you should contact your coach/provider prior to the travelling to the course/activity.

During the course/activity if you need to cough/sneeze you should do so into a tissue and dispose of this into a bin immediately, washing hands afterwards. Alternatively, coughing/sneezing into the bent elbow if no tissue is available. 

The guidance is clear that hand washing is essential in the protection of your health and preventing the spread of the virus, careful consideration should be given to ensuring venues have hot running water and washing facilities with alcohol gel (or wipes if gel unavailable) provided in addition to handwashing facilities. For venues without this option you must ensure appropriate alternative measures are in place.

Prerequisites for training and assessment courses

We expect there to be occasions in the coming months where, through no fault of the learner (e.g. First Aid course being cancelled), they may not have all appropriate prerequisites for assessments in place. In these circumstances we will be allowing registrations to be made and for candidates to attend assessments; however, certification will not be issued until notification of the missing requirement being gained has been provided. Providers will be given written confirmation where such an agreement is in place.

First Aid Extension eLearning

Due to the circumstances we find ourselves in at present, many Instructors, Coaches, Leaders and Guides may be struggling to gain access to courses to be able to renew their First Aid qualification.

British Canoeing recognise this as a difficult time and could be worrying for individuals and anyone deploying supervised paddlesport activities.  

For anyone who is required to renew their First Aid qualification from the 16th March 2020 and is unable to access a course we are providing a FREE eLearning course that will be recognised by all National Associations as a 3 month extension.

The First Aid Extension eLearning is a 15 minute programme which requires both your full name and National Association membership number.  After completion of the course, your attendance will be communicated to your National Association and your record updated 

This online resource acts as an extension and is not a replacement for a face to face First Aid programme, and we would expect within a sensible time period a renewal course to be attended.

Click here to access the First Aid Extension eLearning.

British Canoeing will review this matter over the coming months and will issue further statements as necessary.

Statement for Instructors, Coaches, Leaders and Guides

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We would encourage you to read the following Government guidance in order to develop strategies if the current situation should change. 

Government guidance 

First Aid 

You are encouraged to read the guidance provided by the Resuscitation Council on both delivery of First Aid and performing First Aid available here: https://www.resus.org.uk/media/statements/resuscitation-council-uk-statements-on-covid-19-coronavirus-cpr-and-resuscitation/

If your First Aid Training is due to expire in the coming months, you should consider if it is appropriate to renew your First Aid ahead of its expiry. If your First Aid expires and you are unable to access appropriate training, please contact your deployer to consider alternative First Aid cover, for example team teaching.

First Aid Extension eLearning

Due to the circumstances we find ourselves in at present, many Instructors, Coaches, Leaders and Guides may be struggling to gain access to courses to be able to renew their First Aid qualification.

British Canoeing recognise this as a difficult time and could be worrying for individuals and anyone deploying supervised paddlesport activities.  

For anyone who is required to renew their First Aid qualification from the 16th March 2020 and is unable to access a course we are providing a FREE eLearning course that will be recognised by all National Associations as a 3 month extension.

The First Aid Extension eLearning is a 15 minute programme which requires both your full name and National Association membership number.  After completion of the course, your attendance will be communicated to your National Association and your record updated 

This online resource acts as an extension and is not a replacement for a face to face First Aid programme, and we would expect within a sensible time period a renewal course to be attended.

Click here to access the First Aid Extension eLearning.

British Canoeing will review this matter over the coming months and will issue further statements as necessary.

Managing your participants

The guidance is clear that hand washing is essential in the protection of your health and preventing the spread of the virus, careful consideration should be given to ensuring venues have hot running water and washing facilities with alcohol gel (or wipes if gel unavailable) provided in addition to handwashing facilities. For venues without this option you must ensure appropriate alternative measures are in place.

Cancellation Policies

We recommend you review your cancellation policies and ensure your position is clear, you are advising your learners of that position at the time of booking and that your arrangement is balanced, fair and two way, e.g. what happens if you cancel the activity due to your own inability to provide the activity. 

Statement for Course Providers

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We would encourage you to read the following Government guidance in order to develop strategies if the current situation should change. 

Government guidance 

Postponement of courses

We continue to be flexible in our approach to the planning of training and assessment courses, short notice cancellation or postponement of courses is expected under the current circumstances. However, notice periods for rearranging such courses remain the same, permission being sought in advance for short notice courses/changes. We do acknowledge that some learners may be concerned due to expiry dates or time periods – in such cases, please be assured that extensions to those expiry dates will be given.

Prerequisites

We expect there to be occasions in the coming months where, through no fault of the learner (e.g. First Aid Course being cancelled), they may not have all appropriate prerequisites for assessments in place. In these circumstances we will be allowing registrations to be made and for candidates to attend assessments. However, certification will not be issued until notification of the missing requirement being gained has been provided – providers will be given written confirmation where such an agreement is in place.

Courses/ Coaching/ Leading/ Guiding Overseas

Providers are expected to consider International travel carefully, taking into account the up to date advice of both the destination and country of origin. We would expect providers to review their joining instructions to ensure learners are aware of the risks of planning to join such course/trips and take appropriate measures to protect themselves, both from a health and financial standpoint (insurance, EHIC, using credit cards to pay, etc.) 

Course delivery

The guidance is clear that hand washing is essential in the protection of your health and preventing the spread of the virus, careful consideration should be given to ensuring venues have hot running water and washing facilities with alcohol gel (or wipes if gel unavailable) provided in addition to handwashing facilities. For venues without this option, you must ensure appropriate alternative measures are in place.

Providers are expected to review their joining instructions to ensure this advice is clearly given on booking and in the run up to the course.

First Aid 

Providers are encouraged to read the guidance provided by the Resuscitation Council  on both delivery of First Aid and performing First Aid available here: https://www.resus.org.uk/media/statements/resuscitation-council-uk-statements-on-covid-19-coronavirus-cpr-and-resuscitation/

For providers who deliver First Aid training, please ensure you are considering the advice of both the Resus Council and your awarding organisation.

First Aid Extension eLearning

Due to the circumstances we find ourselves in at present, many Instructors, Coaches, Leaders and Guides may be struggling to gain access to courses to be able to renew their First Aid qualification.

British Canoeing recognise this as a difficult time and could be worrying for individuals and anyone deploying supervised paddlesport activities.  

For anyone who is required to renew their First Aid qualification from the 16th March 2020 and is unable to access a course we are providing a FREE eLearning course that will be recognised by all National Associations as a 3 month extension.

The First Aid Extension eLearning is a 15 minute programme which requires both your full name and National Association membership number.  After completion of the course, your attendance will be communicated to your National Association and your record updated 

This online resource acts as an extension and is not a replacement for a face to face First Aid programme, and we would expect within a sensible time period a renewal course to be attended.

Click here to access the First Aid Extension eLearning.

British Canoeing will review this matter over the coming months and will issue further statements as necessary.

Cancellation Policies

We recommend you review your cancellation policies and ensure your position is clear, you are advising your learners of that position at the time of booking and that your arrangements are balanced, fair and two-way, e.g. what happens if you cancel the activity due to your own inability to provide the activity. 

British Canoeing Moderation, Orientation Courses

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We would encourage you to read the following Government guidance in order to develop strategies if the current situation should change. 

Government guidance 

We have taken the decision to postpone events in the coming weeks, we will contact all affected parties and confirm our intentions with them.

We will be regularly reviewing the guidance available and the local situation of all our planned events in the coming months.

Statement for Centres

Read more

We would encourage you to read the following Government guidance in order to develop strategies if the current situation should change. 

Government guidance 

Postponement of courses

We continue to be flexible in our approach to the planning of training and assessment courses; short notice cancellation or postponement of courses is expected under the current circumstances. However, notice periods for rearranging such courses remain the same, permission being sought in advance for short notice courses/changes. We do acknowledge that some learners may be concerned due to expiry dates or time periods – in such cases, please be assured that extensions to those expiry dates will be given.

Prerequisites

We expect there to be occasions in the coming months where, through no fault of the learner (e.g. First Aid Course being cancelled), they may not have all appropriate prerequisites for assessments in place, in these circumstances we will be allowing registrations to be made and for candidates to attend assessments; however, certification will not be issued until notification of the missing requirement being gained has been provided – providers will be given written confirmation where such an agreement is in place.

Courses/ Coaching/ Leading/ Guiding Overseas

Providers are expected to consider International travel carefully, taking into account the up to date advice of both the destination and country of origin. We would expect providers to review their joining instructions to ensure learners are aware of the risks of planning to join such courses/trips and take appropriate measures to protect themselves, both from a health and financial standpoint (insurance, EHIC, using credit cards to pay, etc.) 

Course delivery

The guidance is clear that hand washing is essential in the protection of your health and preventing the spread of the virus, careful consideration should be given to ensuring venues have hot running water and washing facilities with alcohol gel (or wipes if gel unavailable) provided in addition to handwashing facilities. For venues without this option, you must ensure appropriate alternative measures are in place.

Providers are expected to review their joining instructions to ensure this advice is clearly given on booking and in the run up to the course.

First Aid 

Providers are encouraged to read the guidance provided by the Resuscitation Council  on both delivery of First Aid and performing First Aid available here: https://www.resus.org.uk/media/statements/resuscitation-council-uk-statements-on-covid-19-coronavirus-cpr-and-resuscitation/

For providers who deliver First Aid training, please ensure you are considering the advice of both the Resus Council and your awarding organisation.

First Aid Extension eLearning

Due to the circumstances we find ourselves in at present, many Instructors, Coaches, Leaders and Guides may be struggling to gain access to courses to be able to renew their First Aid qualification.

British Canoeing recognise this as a difficult time and could be worrying for individuals and anyone deploying supervised paddlesport activities.  

For anyone who is required to renew their First Aid qualification from the 16th March 2020 and is unable to access a course we are providing a FREE eLearning course that will be recognised by all National Associations as a 3 month extension.

The First Aid Extension eLearning is a 15 minute programme which requires both your full name and National Association membership number.  After completion of the course, your attendance will be communicated to your National Association and your record updated 

This online resource acts as an extension and is not a replacement for a face to face First Aid programme, and we would expect within a sensible time period a renewal course to be attended.

Click here to access the First Aid Extension eLearning.

British Canoeing will review this matter over the coming months and will issue further statements as necessary.

Cancellation Policies

We recommend you review your cancellation policies and ensure your position is clear, you are advising your learners of that position at the time of booking and that your arrangement is balanced, fair and two way, e.g. what happens if you cancel the activity due to your own inability to provide the activity.