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Open Canoeing at Falcon
Open Canoeing at Falcon
The Falcon Canoe Section does not take on new Beginner members or run Beginners sessions throughout the winter months.
If you are a Beginner Canoeist and would like to join the Falcon Canoe Section, join a Beginner Canoeing Group or come to an Open Canoeing Taster Session please contact Falcon RCC in mid-April 2021. Thank you.
Falcon’s Canoe Section is a small part of Falcon Rowing and Canoeing Club with a great enthusiasm for getting out and exploring the local waters of Oxfordshire and beyond. This includes short evening trips from the club, longer day trips at the weekend and more adventurous journeys on the Thames, Wye and other rivers, some including camping.
We’re always happy to have new members, either with previous paddling experience or beginners who want to learn to canoe in a safe and friendly environment. We’re also keen to encourage paddling families to join us either on our shorter evening sessions or longer day and weekend trips.
Throughout each Falcon Canoe Section year, all Canoe Section members are expected to take part in skills development and update sessions, including on and in water safety and rescue training. Falcon Canoe Section supports and encourages members to work towards achieving British Canoeing Paddlesport skills, leadership and coaching awards.
FALCON CANOE SECTION MEMBERSHIP PROCEDURE
Initially people can attend up to a maximum of FOUR TASTER SESSIONS.
In line with Falcon RCC policies and British Canoeing’s insurance arrangements, by the end of the fourth session the person MUST:
a) decide whether they wish to continue paddling at Falcon RCC by joining as a Full Kayaking and Canoeing Member or just a Canoe Section Member by going to the Falcon Home page, clicking on the Canoeing and Kayaking Tab, then on New/Renew Membership on the drop down menu (link), completing the Membership Form and paying the Annual Membership Fee
b) choose not to continue paddling at Falcon Rowing and Canoeing Club.
SATURDAY AFTERNOONS – SKILLS DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS FOR BEGINNERS AND IMPROVERS
For those wishing to try open canoeing, for those wishing to commit to a programme of learning beginners’ skills and for those wishing to improve on their basic canoeing skills, these sessions may be just right for you. The aim of these sessions is for beginner and improver canoeists to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to be an active and competent member of a canoeing group paddling on calm, sheltered waters. Each session is a mix of learning paddling skills and a paddling journey. Canoe safety, boat emptying, self-rescue and capsized paddler rescue techniques all form an important part of these on-the water and in-the-water sessions.
ADVANCE NOTICE – 2021 SKILLS DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS FOR BEGINNERS AND IMPROVERS START SATURDAY 24th APRIL 2021
Please contact Falcon RCC Canoe Section to book a place as spaces are limited.
PEER-LED CANOEING GROUPS
People come together to form peer-led canoeing groups at Falcon because they share a common interest in paddlesports, want to share experiences, socialise and form friendships. Peer groups and sessions form and change according to their members’ needs. Group members have equal status and aim to be equally involved in all aspects of a session or journey. The aim is for each person to have the opportunity to receive support and assistance as well as to offer support to others. This is a reciprocal approach to strength the group bond, enhance members’ confidence and self-esteem whilst creating a relaxed, fun atmosphere where all can enjoy their canoeing experience.
When available, Falcon coaches will join the canoeing group to share their paddlesport knowledge and skills, as well as to assist with the running of sessions.
TUESDAY EVENINGS – ADULT RECREATIONAL AND SKILLS SESSIONS
Falcon's main regular open canoeing sessions take place on Tuesday evenings. From mid-April through to mid-October, we meet at the Falcon Boathouse at 5.45 pm ready for a 6.00 pm paddle. We’re generally out for approximately 2 hours exploring local rivers and backwaters or developing our paddling skills. IF YOU ARE LATE ARRIVING the session will start and the group may go without you.
Sessions are peer-led - that is groups of adult canoeists of all abilities take part in local journeys or work together to further develop their canoeing and canoe rescue skills.
ADVANCE NOTICE: 2021 ADULT OPEN CANOE RECREATIONAL AND SKILLS SESSIONS START TUESDAY 27th APRIL 2021.
Please arrive by 5.45pm each Tuesday
DIARY DATE: FALCON CANOEISTS PLAN TO TAKE PART IN A RIVER CLEAN UP ON SATURDAY 6th MARCH 2021 (Weather and River Conditions permitting). Meet at Falcon Boathouse at 12.30pm.
Falcon Canoeists are taking part in the Oxford Civic Society’s OxClean Event. We are meeting at Falcon Boathouse at 12.30pm and aim to be on the water by 1pm for an afternoon of river and bankside litter and rubbish clearing. Please come suitable dress and with protective clothing including thick gloves (please read OxClean information). Further details of OxClean’s activities can be found on the OxClean website www.oxclean.org.uk
ADVANCE NOTICE: Saturday 1st MAY 2021 – MAY DAY DAWN PADDLE
Early morning May Day row, scull, punt, canoe, kayak, stand-up-paddleboard, sit on top to Magdalen Bridge to join in the dawn celebration of May Day 2021.
Arrive at Falcon Boathouse before 5.10am and be ready to leave Falcon before 5.30am in time to arrive at Magdalen Bridge by 5.50am.
The May Day Service starts at 6am. Bring fortifying refreshments and appropriate clothing. We aim to be back at Falcon at approximately 7.15am.
ACTIVITIES, TRIPS AND JOURNEYS
As mentioned above, on occasions Falcon Canoe Section organises trips and journeys further afield. These can be half-day, whole-day or whole evening events, sometimes taking in a pub en route or ending up at a local hostelry. Falcon Canoe Section also joins with other British Canoeing clubs, paddlesports organisations and community groups for training sessions, activities, sessions and partnership working. At times, Falcon Canoe Section takes part in local river and streamway conservation and clearance sessions, in addition to wildlife surveys.
All activities, trips and journeys will be open to those Falcon Canoe Section members with appropriate skills and experience for the planned event.
Falcon Canoe Section uses a benchmarking system of British Canoeing Skills, Leadership and Coaching Awards along with relevant experience to help determine a paddler’s appropriateness for an activity, event or role.
SESSION, ACTIVITY or EVENT GROUP MANAGEMENT, SAFETY and RISK ASSESSMENTS
In accordance with Falcon RCC Policy Documents and Canoe Section Guidance and Procedures Documents, at any time of a year:
1. Participants need to arrive before the meeting time prepared with their full and appropriate kit and ready for their session, and then help get the required equipment out so that the session or activity can start promptly at the published time. PARTICIPANTS WHO ARE LATE ARRIVING for the activity or session may find that the activity/session has already started and they may then not be allowed to join that activity or session.
2. All participants (activity group organiser/leader and each activity group member) need to ensure that they can safely and actively take part in the paddlesport session before starting that session.
3. In the interest of Individual and Group Safety, Falcon Canoe Section trips, activities, events and some sessions are open to an individual member according to the skills they have demonstrated by them achieving British Canoeing Paddlesports Awards, along with their recent relevant paddling experiences.
4. The organiser/leader will usually take the 'lead' during a canoeing activity. All other group members need to be aware that they have responsibilities, too as detailed in the Canoe Section Guidance and Environment Agency, Canal and River Trust and River Thames Tideway Code documentation.
5. All group members must be aware that the group organiser/leader has the right to refuse to lead a person or a group on an any activity if, in the organiser's/leader's judgement the conditions or the person or the group will not be suitable or safe for any reason. The final 'assessment of risk' relating to when, where and whether to paddle, as well as who will paddle, lies solely with the group organiser/leader.
6. The attendance of any Non-Paddling Adults and/or Children MUST be approved by Falcon Canoe Section in advance of the date of the session, activity or event.
Updates & Effective From: 1st November 2020.
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