Kayaking and canoeing is a very social activity, apart from being a great way to get fresh air, enjoy impact free exercise, escape the stresses of daily life, and all whilst exploring the world from a different perspective, of course. That is why so many people do it. Being part of a club is great way to experience kayaking at its best and to do this amongst other like minded people who can offer guidance and protection whilst you develop your confidence and skills is paramount to remaining safe.
One of the great delights of kayaking is how ‘portable’ it can be, throw the boat on top of your car and head off to a new area to explore a fresh bit of coastline or run a new river. Southbourne Canoe Club set out to run as many diverse and interesting trips as feasibly possible, however trips like this may also be organised by groups of people from within the club but will not be a ‘Club organised activity’ and therefore not covered by Club liability or insurances. Whilst these types of trips are fully encouraged by the club, as it keeps people on the water doing the sport they love, you should be aware of what a ‘Peer Paddle’ encompasses and that YOU will be responsible for YOU at all times.
Peer Paddles (our definition)
YOU need to be competent and comfortable on the water you intend to paddle, with people who may be no better than yourself. YOU need to be able to take care of yourself and be proactive in your own rescue and help rescue others if required to do so.
YOU need to be aware who you are paddling with and what their ability is etc..
When paddling rivers YOU need to understand the classification of the grade and its implications, hazzards etc.. .
When paddling the sea YOU need to be aware of the wind, tide, sea state on the day etc..
Do not rely on others for your own personal safety
At the end of the day YOU have to do a mental Risk Assessment on whether YOU are going to be safe in a Peer group or whether you would be safer in a Led/Guided/Coached group – be realistic about your ability.
If you are not comfortable with the situation you may find yourself in, don’t do it. Wait until a Club organised trip comes along. If you are comfortable then go ahead and ENJOY.