15 September 2020
Following recent confirmation with CIMPSA, DCMS and Sport England, British Canoeing is pleased to confirm that the running of qualifications and awards is allowed, under the exemption of education and training, within the government's latest guidance on social distancing.
Clubs, centres and training providers offering formal British Canoeing Qualifications and Awards will need to put in place plans and COVID-19 risk assessments to reduce the risk of transmission through the use of any areas of the facility or shared equipment. Every setting will have slightly different considerations.
Such mitigation measures could include being outdoors, the use of face masks, the use of separation marks, robust cleaning protocols and keeping a record of individuals on courses to aid track and trace if necessary.
As Training Providers, you are best placed to make appropriate and responsible decisions on whether qualifications and awards can be delivered ensuring the safety of yourself and others, as well as delivering to the standard required on both training and assessments.
This guidance relates only to running British Canoeing Qualifications and Awards in England, as policy and guidance in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is subject to the devolved governments and their respective national governing bodies
Further guidance on staffing ratios for qualifications and awards is available on the British Canoeing Awarding Body website.