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Event Safety Management

Canoeing has a good record in event safety management. British Canoeing has developed a system of event safety management which applies to all events which are insured by British Canoeing. This is to ensure the sport continues to operate at the highest safety levels.

At the heart of this system is training in event safety management and the appointment/nomination of event safety officers.

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To support event organisers in implementing these systems British Canoeing has put in place a staff team to work alongside the main organising bodies. Details of this team can be found in the below document. 

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Event Safety Management Guidance

This guidance sets out in detail what needs to be done by clubs, event organisers, RDT’s and Discipline Committees.

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Please see the Event Safety Management Guidance document below for more information.  

You can also find below a series of frequently asked questions which answer the most common queries. 

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Event Safety Training

An annual calendar of event safety training workshops can be found here. Training is organised regionally and is available to all event organisers/Safety Officers. You can find a full calendar of training dates and booking form below. 

Calendar and Booking Form

Event Safety Workshop: Saturday 9th September - 10am

Location: Tees Barrage International White water Centre  

To book your place: fill out the booking form below and email to 

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Event Safety Officer/s – Roles

The appointment/nomination of trained Event Safety Officers is a key feature of the Event Safety Management system. Role descriptions for Safety Officers in clubs and Disciplines can be found below.

Role Descriptions

Please see the documentation attached.

British Canoeing Safety Guidelines

This guidance covers event and general safety as well as information on identifying and managing risks. 

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Please see the documentation attached. 

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Incident Reporting and Insurance

This reporting system is for all canoeing incidents, whether you are a member of British Canoeing or not.

Incidents reported should also include near misses this information will help us to identify canoeing issues and to establish an accurate picture of safety and other concerns across the country.

We will use this information to advise members and improve safety for everyone. So please include incidents such as those with other water users, access issues, pollution/environment, canoeing safety etc as well as major incidents or accidents.

If you have been involved in an incident as a result of canoeing activity you should complete the attached form. A copy of the British Canoeing Incident Report Form can be found here.

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British Canoeing Insurance - Incident Notification

If an incident has occurred which resulted in:-

·       An injury to a person

·       If medical assistance was provided or an ambulance called

·       Reported under RIDDOR (major incidents in the workplace)

·       Damage was caused to property, equipment, vehicles etc

Then the incident must also be reported to British Canoeing’s insurers. Details can be found here.

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