As I am sure you are all aware, our club activities have again been temporarily put on hold by the Covid-19 regulations. Although this may be a source of frustration, especially to new members who do not yet have their own equipment, we need to be mindful that protecting the ability of the NHS to cope in the current circumstances is of great importance.
However, this does not mean that all paddlesports are banned. You can go paddling solo, with members of your household, or with one other individual.
Our Welsh members now have more freedom to get on the water but are still urged not to travel unless the journey is essential.
Outdoor activities are so important to maintain our physical and mental health, so get out on the water, but keep in mind that we are urged by British Canoeing to make sure you paddle in your local area, and only attempt activities well within your ability level. For full details click here
Paddling solo is not without risk, so ensure you have suitable equipment and clothing for winter paddling, check river/ tidal conditions and the weather forecast, carry a mobile phone (in waterproof case!), and inform someone of your plans and expected time of return.
We would certainly encourage Deva members to ‘buddy-up’ and paddle with a friend where possible. You could use the Facebook group to do this.
If you are a new member without your own craft, stick with it! We know it’s been very stop/start but hopefully it won’t be too long before we are allowed to use the Riverside centre again and can return to club meetings and trips.
Deva Canoe Club Web Site
As mentioned in our last newsletter, our website has had a total makeover. It is now easier to navigate, especially on mobile phones. It includes the club calendar, an updated gallery of new and historic photos, links to other paddle sport related sites, and a ‘contact us’ page.
Many thanks to Mat Sefton for using his excellent design and technical skills (as well as many hours of work) to bring this to fruition.