Back to Paddling with Covid 19

 

Back to Paddling with COVID-19.                      

Updated: 25/5/2020

 

What is it…?

 

The Team at Hōu Canoes wants to help the paddle sport comunity get people paddling again. This new part to our operation aims to help clubs, hire operators, outdoor centres, as well as individuals to go paddling safely in the ‘new normal’ world. This document is provided as a resource only and is not an official guide line or operating protocol. It is however what we believe to be the best collection of relevant information currently available to paddlers. So how does it allow us to help you?

 

We are trying to help initially in several ways.

 

Free Information;

Firstly, by collating relevant information and resources into a single reference document. This document will be regularly updated and re-circulated. The document will also discuss best operational practices in the varying and complex environments related to paddle sport. We have a team of experienced paddlers that includes technical advisors, coaches, guides and health care professionals working to keep this information and advice up-to-date.

 

Equipment;

Secondly, we are looking to offer a range of equipment that your operation/club can choose from to help carry out best practice for ensuring the safety of members, staff and customers alike. This includes both equipment and specialist sanitising products that won’t damage your gear.

 

Technical Advisory Operation;

Lastly, we are also happy to help as a resource for all relevant questions and to help with everything from the basics to help in updating risk assessment documents and operating proceedures. We have a team of technical advisers available to act in various professional capacities ensuring your operation complies with current safety legislation of all types.

 

By working together, we can continue to grow our industry by helping more people to go paddling more often, in safety.

 

If you would like to be kept up to date when this document is updated please send us an email to;

[email protected] and we will add you to the mailing list for  this document.

 

Credits.

 

Our thanks as a Team go to everyone who has helped with input into this document with special acknowledgement to Grant Dolier and Andrew Oughton for their ongoing input and support.

Operational Best Practice.

 

Regulation Awareness;

As we all know paddlesports are a great way to stay active and have huge mental health benefits, however, they are risk assumed sports.

We are all desperate to get afloat, and should remember that not everyone has the same skill set as ourselves. We have a responsibly to paddle within our limits and protect ourselves and the rescue/medical services that may need to respond if we mess up.

To outsiders paddlesports can often look ‘easy’ and therefore we all have a responsibility to not only inspire them to participate in our sport but to help them understand the full risks involved. 

 

Government Regulations;

It is important to remember that during this time decisions are being made at many levels by the devolved governments as well as centrally.

Operators can stay up to date with information at the following sites;

 

England https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-guidance-on-spending-time-outdoors

Scotland https://www.gov.scot/news/changes-to-advice-on-going-outdoors/

Wales https://gov.wales/leaving-home-exercise-guidance

Ni No specific advise found at present.

 

NGB Recommendations/Regulation;

Sports National Governing bodies are continually reviewing and updating their policies and procedures, these decisions are being made by home nations and not at UK level therefore it is important that you check the recommendations/regulations for your home nation, but if you intend to travel and cross boarders, that you check and respect the regulations and advise there as well. The following links will be a usefull starting point in improving your understanding of current advice.

 

England - https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/coaching-leadership/coronavirus-covid-19

               https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/news/2020/update-guidance-for-affiliated-clubs-within-british-canoeing

Scotland – https://www.canoescotland.org/coronavirus-advice

Wales - https://www.canoewales.com/covid-19-guidance-for-members

Northern Ireland - https://cani.org.uk/canis-current-recommendations-for-paddlesport-activity/

 

Additional advice is available from;

 

Outdoor Industries Association COVID19 Help Hub
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http://www.theoia.co.uk/covid-19-outdoor-industry-help-hub/

 

Guidance for providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation
read it https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation/guidance-for-providers-of-outdoor-facilities-on-the-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation?utm_source=OIA&utm_campaign=5080b9a559-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_05_15_07_38&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3830c491ed-5080b9a559-461333361

Guidance for personal trainers and coaches on the phased return to sport and recreation 
read it https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation/guidance-for-personal-trainers-and-coaches-on-the-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation?utm_source=OIA&utm_campaign=5080b9a559-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_05_15_07_38&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3830c491ed-5080b9a559-461333361

 

 

Paddler/Client/Customer Protection;

Best Practice Operational Procedures Working.

Clients should be encouraged to follow the governments guidance on antiviral Personal Protective Equipment. Facecovering have been proven to help minimise the spread of viruses and should be considered.  Note: Gloves do not stop the spread if warn continually

Personal hygiene is important to stop the spread of any virus, so clients should be encouraged to wash hands with soap and water (or Alchohol Based Hand Rub AHBR) before and after paddlesports activities. They should also wash hands before eating or drinking, even if this is during the paddlesports activity. The residual film the soap creates on hands acts as a barrier to breakdown the shell of the virus. 

Paddlesports Personal Protective Equipment should be worn throughout, clients should take advice on how to fit this to themselves from staff. If they are struggling to fit paddlesports PPE, then they should ensure that both themselves and the member of staff is wearing antiviral PPE before getting physical assistance from staff.

Clients should ensure that they remain at a social distance, 2 meters, from anyone who is not within their household/social bubble.

Where possible clients should complete all paperwork/booking processes prior to arrival and make cashless payments, preferably prior to arrival via a secure payment process.

 

Inside, reception, classroom etc.

  • Social distancing should still take place in these areas. This may mean limiting numbers into these areas to ensure that 2meters distance can be maintained.
  • Clients should wash hands as soon as they enter the building, this is best done with soap and water but ABHR will also work.
  • Handwashing/ABHR stations should be made available throughout the building.
  • Inside areas should be cleaned regularly, particularly hard surfaces and door handles, with a cleaner appropriate to the surface.
  • Where possible clients should only use their own ICT equipment, where this is not possible ICT equipment should be cleaned with an appropriate cleaner.
  • Pens and other stationary should be cleaned or desposed of after use.

 

Outside

  • Although outside spaces are the easiest to manage it is important that any outside furniture such as benches tables etc should be cleaned down with an appropriate cleaner before
  • Social distance should be maintained.
  • Where possible leave gates open to minimise contact, if this is not possible clients should be encouraged to use elbows or wear gloves?
  • Staff should clean gates regularly.

 

Vehicles

  • Social distancing measures should still be followed when in vehicles, particularly if traveling with people from outside of the same household or social bubble. Where possible passengers should sit in the rear left side of the vehicle to maximise distance from driver.
  • Wash hands before and after entering the vehicle with ABHR or soap and water
  • All hard surfaces that have come into contact with clients should be washed down between users. Particular attention should be paid to – seat belt systems, door handles, and window controls.

 

Launching/Recovering

  • Consideration should be given to access/egress point that facilitate easily launch and recovery with only verbal instructions from the staff.
  • The use of poles/lengths of timber to stabilise the clients craft should be considered. If used staff should remain at a social distance.
  • If operating with trailers clients should unload and reload their own equipment from the trailer. This minimises contact with multiple sources and once equipment is back at base, staff can clean and prepare the equipment for the next user.
  • If equipment is carried from base to the water then users should still handle their own equipment, however on return used equipment should be but in a cleaning zone to be washed down by staff prior to returning it to stores.

 

On the water

  • Clients should keep to social distancing advice when on the water.
  • Consider client ability to social distance especially on moving water, eddy sizes, other operators groups.
  • Briefing clients to remain within easy swimming distance of the shore, meaning in the event of capsize clients are able to self-rescue with no or very minimal physical contact from staff.
  • Clients should be encouraged to paddle within their limits.

 

 

Staff Protection;

Best Practice Operational Procedures working.

Staff should follow the governments guidance on Antiviral Personal Protective Equipment. Employers have the legal responsibility to provide any items that are classified as PPE.

Face covering and single use gloves have been proven to help minimise the spread of viruses and should be available, staff should consider wearing these items whenever they are working with clients or moving equipment that is in public or high-risk areas. 

Personal hygiene is the most important action to stop the spread of any virus, so staff should be encouraged to wash hands with soap and water (or ABHR) before and after changing work tasks and leading activities. They should also wash hands before eating or drinking, even if this is during on water activity.

Paddlesports Personal Protective Equipment should be worn throughout, staff should give clear guidance to clients on how to fit this to themselves.

If clients are struggling to fit Paddlesports PPE, then ensure both staff and clients are wearing Antiviral PPE before making physical contact.

Staff should ensure that they remain at a social distance, 2 meters, from clients and other staff that are outside of their household/social bubble.

Staff should avoid taking cash payments and encourage clients to complete all paperwork/booking processes prior to arrival and make cashless payments, via a secure payment process where possible.

 

Inside, reception, classroom etc.

  • Social distancing should still take place in these areas. This may mean limiting numbers into these areas to ensure that 2 meters distance can be maintained.
  • Staff should wash hand as soon as they enter the building, this is best done with soap and water but ABHR will also work.
  • Handwashing/ABHR stations should be made available throughout the building.
  • Inside areas should be cleaned regularly, particularly hard surfaces and door handles, with a cleaner appropriate to the surface.
  • Where possible Staff should only use their own ICT equipment, where this is not possible ICT equipment should be cleaned with an appropriate cleaner.
  • Pens and other stationary should be cleaned or deposed of after use.

 

Outside

  • Although outside spaces are the easiest to manage it is important that any outside furniture such as benches tables etc should be cleaned down with an appropriate cleaner after use.
  • Social distance should be maintained.
  • Where possible leave gates open to minimise contact, if this is not possible clients should be encouraged to use elbows or wear gloves
  • Staff should clean gates regular.
  • When briefing groups staff should still maintain 2 meters distance throughout.

 

Vehicles

  • Social distancing measures should still be followed when in vehicles, particularly if traveling with people from outside of the same household or social bubble. Where possible passengers should sit in the rear left side of the vehicle to maximise distance from driver.
  • Wash hand before and after entering the vehicle with ABHR or soap and water.
  • All hard surfaces that have come into contact with users should be washed down between users. Particular attention should be paid to – seat belt systems, door handles, oh Jesus handles (particularly if you’ve been driven anywhere by Nige), and window controls.
  • Drivers should ensure that they clean all controls when signing out and returning vehicles.

 

Launching/Recovering

  • Consideration should be given to access/egress point that facilitate easily launch and recovery with only verbal instructions from the staff.
  • The use of poles/lengths of timber to stabalise the clients craft should be considered. If used staff should remain at a social distance.
  • If operating with trailers clients should unload and reload their own equipment from the trailer. This minimises contact with multiple sources and once equipment is back at base staff can clean and prepare the equipment for the next user.
  • If equipment is carried from base to the water then users should still handle their own equipment, however on return used equipment should be but in a cleaning zone to be washed down by staff prior to returning it to stores.

 

On the water

  • Keep to social distancing advice when on the water.
  • Briefing clients to remain within easy swimming distance of the shore, meaning in the event of capsize clients are able to self-rescue with no or very minimal physical contact from staff.
  • Both staff and clients should be encouraged to paddle within their limits.
  • Making briefings as clear as possible so that clients understand what to that in the event of capsize.
  • In the event of a capsize clients should be encouraged to swim to the shore with all equipment, where clients are struggling staff could assist by towing equipment, ensuring any tow system used is quick realise.
  • With good management there are often very few times where a contact, unconscious/entrapped paddler rescue (‘hands of god’), and therefore although there is slightly greater risk in doing this rescue, however they are very rare.

 

 

Equipment Care;

Cleaning equipment is more important than ever, we as paddlesports practitioners have a responsibility to ourselves, our colleges and clients to ensure that equipment if fit for purpose.

 

Softwear.

Dunk, Wash, Rinse, Dry.

After each time a piece of equipment has been used a simple process should be followed to ensure the item is clean and virus free. This should be the same for staff equipment however practically will likely dictate that staff only wash their personal equipment daily. 

  1. Have user remove equipment and return it to wash area.
  2. Rinse equipment to remove large dirty partials (gravel, sand, etc) this is best done in a freshwater dunk tank.
  3. Wash equipment in a dunk tank containing appropriate cleaner. Ensure that item is fully submerged during this process and is in the cleaner for appropriate amount of time.
  4. Using freshwater rinse item to remove excess cleaner, this is best done with a hose however can be done with a dunk tank, however this water should be changed regularly.
  5. Leave items to fully air dry prior to next use. Spinning the item, either by hand or mechanically will remove excess water and speed this process up.

 

Crafts & Paddles.

Check, Clean, Dry.

The check, clean, dry process has hopefully been common process for many to minimise the spread of invasive non-native species and is a great starting point for ensuring we stop the spread of viruses.

  1. Have clients return crafts & paddles to cleaning area.
  2. Check for and remove any foreign objects, stones, moss, algae, etc.
  3. Using freshwater hose down equipment to remove large dirty partials (gravel, sand, etc).
  4. Clean any area of craft & paddles which come into contact with user using appropriate cleaner.
  5. Using freshwater hose rinse item to remove excess cleaner.
  6. Rack equipment to fully air dry prior to next use.

 

 

Exped related requirements;

Wilderness paddlesports expeditions are extremally rewarding however there are often additional challenges faced in terms of hygiene.

We are putting a number of products together to try and help the commercial outfitters to manage groups. Product release details will follow soon.

 

Personal hygiene ;

Due to the remote nature of the areas we often expedition in, many of us chose to substitute ABHRs in place of hot water and soap, however although ABHR does clean hands, there’s no real substitute for washing hands with soap and water particularly before eating & drinking.

Creating running hot water in the wilderness can be a challenge but this has been made possible with the new Hōu Canoes Mucky Hand Wishy Washy Station! Which allows you to get hot running water in the wilderness.

 

Toileting;

The Hōu Canoes Jobby Catcher is a super high-tech toilet that we’ve designed with packability and ease of use in mind. Using our years of expertise of pooing in the wood we know it’s not for everyone, and many clients need that familiar throne to sit on. We’ve used high quality, easy to clean materials meaning you can spend more time having Wilderpoos than cleaning the loos. 

 

The Kitchen;

Many of us love the fast and light approach to expeditioning, but when we have canoes, we can take much much more.

We’ve developed a range of kitchen items from fold up tables to lift your expedition food off the ground, washing up systems to make sure you can get those dirty dishes clean easily and systematically, just like at home.

These include, the Power L set up, the triple wash station, & dish sling. 

               

 

Disposal of PPE.

Current PPE disposal theories rely on the users safely disposing of PPE into designated waste bins that are then double bagged and labelled appropriately. These bagged items should then be quarantiened for 72 hours before disposal into the general waste system. Please be aware of any regional or updated advice.

 

 

Example Check Lists and Process Charts;

 

In the forthcoming days we will be producing ‘Example Check Lists’ and Example ‘Linier Flow Chart Templates on Best Pracice Processes. If you would like to be kept informed further with these updates please register on our website. Click here.

 

 

Equipment;

 

The following lists show relevant equipment that will aid Clubs, Centres, Commercial Operators and individuals with Best Practice when santising.

 

Personal Equipment

            Masks

            Single Use Gloves

            Re Usable Washable Gloves

Aprons

Hand Sanitising

            Pocket Hand Spray

            Stand Alone Spray

            Pocket Gel Pump

            Stand Alone Pump

            Disposal Garbage Bags

 

Equipment Cleansing

            Small Bucket

            Dunk Bucket

            Hand Held Sprayer

            Portable Sprayer

            Stationary Sprayer

            Microfibre Eco Sponge Small

            Microfibre Eco Sponge Large

            Microfibre Eco Cloths Small

            Microfobre Eco Cloth Large

            Sanitised Tag Green/Yes

            Sanitised Tag Red/No

 

Consumables

            Softwear Sprayable Soap

Software Sprayable Disinfectant

Paddle and Boat Sprayable Soap

Paddle and Boat Sprayable Disinfectant

Hand Wash

Hand Sanitiser

Skincare Cream