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Monday Thames Session

Mon 7 Dec 2020 2.30pm 

Please arrive at The Arches closest to the river, on the North East side of Kew Bridge. Please arrive on time, since only one group can access The Arches at a time to enable social distancing to be maintained. Also this ensures that all have boats and kit ready so we can be on the water at the scheduled start time.

If you are running late or for other changes please text the session leader at least an hour before, if possible.

WHERE: Brentford Boating Arch, Kew Bridge:

WHEN: Mon 7 Dec (Meeting time 2.30pm OTW 3pm).   

Kew Bridge: LW ~14:30  GMT – see  Admiralty Easy tide for further details if required.

SUNSET ~15:52; Please bring lights if you have them.

Session Leader:  Olwen & Will

Look at wind/rain forecast & please bring your own cag or waterproof jacket if you have one.

COVID-19 Special Protocols

Please read the COVID-19 Special Protocols for Safe Paddling with CKC: COVID-19 Protocols and the CKC Operating and Safety Procedures update04 June 2020 – found on Club Documents page.

Check whiteboard in The Arches. Thursday Thames trips use Set B (Corridor/green colour) of kit.

At this time we are able to paddle in a group of 6 people (including the leader), maintaining social distancing and disinfecting all kit between uses. Specifically you must:

  •  Travel in a COVID-safe way. Cycling, walking or driving are preferred. Be mindful of local residents when parking cars / bikes.
  •  Arrive at The Arches dressed and ready to paddle (or be prepared to discreetly change outside).
  •  Bring the following items:
  1. Two wash cloths/rags and a disinfectant spray, and a bag to contain them (or disinfectant-wipes). You will need to use these to clean all equipment you use and put them in the bag to take home and wash at 60 degrees so they can be re-used. You will also need to use them to clean the toilet before and after you use it.
  2. Hand sanitiser / alcohol hand gel for personal use.
  3. Your own cagoule (cag) or equivalent wind protection jacket  It will be fine to wear something that is windproof more than water proof whilst it is summer. For example a walking waterproof or shell jacket should be fine, but check the weather forecast too. (Note we do not want to loan out club cags during the COVID-19 Special Protocol time).
  4. Dry bag with a change of clothes and space to keep your valuables.
  5. Lights for your kayak.
  6. Something warm to wear (layers work best) and something rainproof, if it is due to rain.
  7. A snack and some drinking water.

We understand that many of us would prefer for practical and financial reasons not buy / or have our own equipment e.g. buoyancy aid, spray deck, paddle or paddle float. However to help us paddle safely during the COVID-19 Special Protocol time, please can you consider making some of these purchases, particularly for things that go near your face e.g. cag.

COVID-19 Logistics at The Arches

There will be NO access to the changing rooms and kitchen (in Arch 1) and time indoors has to be minimised. We will be allowed to use a dedicated CKC loo in Arch 1, provided you clean them before and after each use; and we will be responsible for cleaning them at the end of each session. Members will need to use their own wipes/cloth to wipe down the seat, flush handle, sink taps before and after use, then take your wipes/cloth home after use. Please remember not to flush wet wipes down the toilet they are not biodegradable and clog up the old toilet plumbing.

Soft CKC kit (ie spraydecks, & BAs) has been split into an A (in curve of Arch) and B (corridor/green) set. This means there can be ~72hours between each piece of kit being used, allowing time for the virus to die. You may only use the assigned set. 

The Thames leader will advise the set to use and coordinate pairs of paddlers to collect equipment that is needed to prevent more than two people being in Arch 2 at any one time.

The kayaks will be taken straight to the foreshore to be set up there and in places more than 2 metres apart. We will only be going out on the water when the tide allows there to be a foreshore/beach. It is here that the equipment will be need to be cleaned down before and after trip.

On the Water

The Thames leader on the day will be giving a clear briefing on the new systems and new rescue procedures. These include not rafting up or sharing food/drink while on the water.

All paddles will be conservative in nature as rescues are difficult. Please be particularly mindful of your paddle-fitness and skills may be ‘rusty’ if you have not been out for several months.

If you need to do a rescue while paddling, it must be either a self-rescue or the swimmer needs to be towed to a beach. Socially distant assisted rescues are not possible.

By signing up for this paddle – I agree and confirm that:

1. I have read, understood, and agree to comply with the Club’s Covid-19 Risk Assessment and any Club guidance, communications, or policies related to Covid-19.

2. I have sought answers to any and all questions I have regarding the Club’s position from the relevant Club officials.

3. I confirm that I have not displayed any Covid-19 symptoms or to the best of my knowledge been in close contact with someone who has displayed symptoms in the last 21 days. (If I develop symptoms within 14-days of paddling on this session I commit to must let the leader know. They will inform the rest of the group, without reference to your name.)

4. I confirm that I will adhere to Government and Public Health England guidelines whilst attending the Club or partaking in Club activities.

5. I understand that by attending the Club and partaking in Club activities I may be subject to an increased risk of exposure to Covid-19 and that by taking part in such activities I am accepting this increased risk.


New members and guests are welcome when conditions and skills allow. If you are not a member, please email beforehand to confirm you can attend, so that your name is not removed from the list below. Please send an email to: Once you are confirmed as being able to paddle, please pre-pay the guest fee to the club bank account.

The session fee for a non-member guest is £15. When you have a confirmed place, please transfer £15 to the club bank account:


Account name: Chelsea Kayak Club
Sort code: 40 02 32
Account number: 71526596

This is a “business” bank account

Please sign-up by 11am on Mon 7 Dec 2020, if you would like a place and will require use of boats and equipment.

Max number of people: Leaders plus 4 others

The event have ended - no more registrations are allowed.

Total Attendees: 0

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  • These sessions are not suitable for people with no or limited paddling experience you must meet our minimum prerequisites please refer to Trip and Session Guidelines.

  • Please make sure you read the Port of London Authority’s (PLA’s) Paddling on the Tideway – A Code of Practice for Paddling on the Tidal Thames 2017 You may also refer to Upper Tideway Navigation Rules .   See also The River Thames Recreational Users Guide – Teddington to Sea Reach  and  the  PLA Boating on the Thames page for further information.

  • LIGHTS ARE REQUIRED WHEN PADDLING AFTER DARK.  Please bring along your own waterproof torches if you have them. Use of club torches is possible, but a donation to the club will be required to club funds for batteries and ongoing replacement.

  • Follow any specific instructions that are given by the session leader, such as getting on the water and group management.

  • Neoprene spray decks and BA/PFD’s are available.

  • Please look after any kit that is borrowed – treat it with care and as if it is your own.

  • Consider bringing a snack & bottle of water with you – especially in periods of warmer weather given the distances that are covered on the session.

  • Even when in a group with an experienced paddler, everyone on the river is responsible for their own safety, keeping a look out and navigating in a correct manner to avoid collisions or causing a collision, etc.

  • Failure to comply with PLA rules can result in you being fined £5,000.