Bramston Canoe Club
Welcome Pack for New Members
DETAILS CORRECT AS OF 10th APRIL 2021
Bramston Canoe Club (Witham) (the Club) is a small club based in the Witham area. The Club was formed in the early 1970’s by a group of like minded individuals looking for a safe and warm environment to hone their existing skills and teach non paddlers the ropes of our chosen sport. We have been going strong ever since.
If you are over 18 years of age, have never paddled before, or would like to improve your roll or simply get back in a boat after a few years away, then Bramston Canoe Club is just what you need to help you. We are lucky to have British Canoeing coaches who donate their time and energy helping all of us, from the very beginner to those with years of experience. Their patience and time is invaluable to the club.
The Club meets poolside at The Witham Sports and Leisure Centre on Monday evenings from 20:15 to 21:15 for pool training and to arrange trips including surfing, white water, river and sea kayaking.
The social side of the club is equally as important to us and we organise many trips & training sessions throughout the year for members in all aspects of kayaking & canoeing, often finishing with a trip to the pub to tell tales of the water and to share photos and videos.
For those new to paddling (or a bit rusty!) we have a 5 session coached course designed to have you confident on the water and ready for a basic river trip by the end of the course. The cost of this is £50 payable in advance and we have intakes every 3 weeks.
*This payment is non-refundable should you not finish the course
Alternatively if you’re not sure if you want to commit to a 5 week course then we offer the option of a ‘taster’ session. This is a one off session at £10. Our coaches can give you a few hints and tips and go through a wet exit with you. If you then wish to continue you can join the next intake of our coaching course.
After you have finished your 5 week course you are welcome to apply for club membership (Subject to committee approval). Of course if you already have some experience you are more than welcome to apply for club membershiop without completing the 5 week training course!
There are two membership options:
Basic membership This is £35.00 per year and includes access to club activities and equipment except pool sessions. There is then a charge of £5.00 for each pool session attended.
Full membership This is £140.00 per year which includes unrestricted access to club activities and all pool sessions attended with no further fees.
Both types of memebrship include a licence to paddle on the River Chelmer.
Once you have applied to join us you will be asked to fill out a membership form. Payments can be made by cash, cheque or by bank transfer to the club’s bank account.
Payment for basic membership should be made in full at the start of your membership period.
Full membership can be paid in full at the start of your membership period OR by installments of £35.00 per quarter by standing order.
We are mainly an over 18s club but we are happy for under 18s to come along with a parent or guardian.
For those under 18 there is a 50% discount on the coached course and the taster session. This means the 5 week course for an under 18 is £25.00 and the taster session is £5.00
However our club’s policy is that at least one parent/guardian also undertakes and completes the sessions with their child, paying the appropriate fee at the same time. There is a limit of two under 18s per parent/guardian.
In terms of club membership for under 18s our policy is that a parent/guardian becomes a club member and is present at each session or trip with their child.
For full members with children there is a discount scheme available which includes full memebrship for the adult and all pool fees for both adult and child (Subject to committee approval):
1 adult with 1 child £200 per annum (£50 per quarter)
1 adult with 2 children £260 per annum £65 per quarter)
Bramston Canoe Club (Witham) follows the policies and guidance of British Canoeing. You will find any information regarding paddlesport and policies of the BC at www.britishcanoeing.org.uk
It is important that all members familiarise themselves with the following information;
Codes of conduct for participants (Apendix A)
Contact details for the Club Welfare Officer (See clause 5 below)
The Committee meets four times a year to discuss issues relevant to the Club. Examples of discussion topics include funding, equipment, trips, coaching and safety.
The Annual General Meeting takes place at the begining of the year. All members are encouraged to attend this meeting.
Please find below the contact details of key personnel within the Club:
Chairman: Cheryl-Ann Kotze
Role Description: To ensure an efficient and well managed club, to uphold the constituion and rules of the club and ensuring that the Club follow the standards and principles set out by British Canoeing.
Vice Chairman: Andrew Baldwin
Role Description: To carry out all duties of the chairman in his/her absence and has authority to make decisions on his/her behalf.
Treasurer: Steven Moore
Role Descripiton: The Treasurer is the person(s) responsible for managing the finances of the Club. They maintain up to date and archived records of all financial transactions, collect subscriptions and all other monies due; pay bills as necessary. Ensure that cash and cheques are deposited promptly in the Clubs bank or building society accounts and prepare year-end statements of accounts and arrange for the annual accounts to be audited. Provide financial planning and forecasting statements as requied by the Club. Act as one of three signatories authorised to sign Club cheques.
Secretary: Michael Dalby
Role Description: To ensure the Clubs communications function efficiently; to provide up to date records of regular Club committee meetings and of annual meetings, including decisions and actions. Maintain archived records of Club activities, but excluding those which are the specific responsibility of other committee members, co-ordinate and distribute correspondence to and from the Club including internal information and for decision making. Keep accurate and up to date records of club membership. Act as a contact point for members of the public and other canoieing organisations. Deputise for the Chairman when required.
Events Co-Ordinator: Barry Iszard
Role Description: To arrange and co-ordinate a programme of trips and events for the club.
Equipment Officer: Andrew Evans
Role description: To produce and maintain a list of Club equipment and its condition, to manage and support the repairing of Club equiment and develop a Club replacement policy with support from the Club committee.
Club Welfare Officers: Cheryl-Ann Kotze and Barry Iszard
Role Description: Ensures the safety and welfare of members of the Club. The Welfare officer is the point of contact for any welfare concerns with the Club.
Web Master: John Hefford
Role Description: To maintain the Club website.
Contact details: email@example.com
Committee member: James Woodford
Role Description: No responsibilities other than to act as a committee voting member and therefore avoiding hung decisions.
At Bramston Canoe Club, we like to communciate with our members as much as possible. There are a number of ways in which we do this:
Our club website www.bramstoncanoeclub.org is a great way to find out what is happening at the club. The website is updated with trips, events, photos and information on our social functions. You will find our contact details and copies of our rules and code of conduct on our website as well. There is also a link to Bramston canoe club Facebook page and our YouTube channel as well as other usefull links.
We have a generic members email address which captures all our signed up members and friends. Social events are often emailed to keep members up to date with last minute changes or trips. You can request to have your email removed from the list by emailing the webmaster. Personal email addresses or information will not appear anywhere on the website without prior consent.
The club also has a facebook page which our members use for discussion and to share posts and phpotographs etc. Within this the club also uses an ‘unofficial’ Facebook Messenger group to share information which all members who have Facebook are welcome to join.
As mentioned earlier, all members are welcome to attend the AGM held in the early part of the year. We welcome any feedback members have to offer. You can provide feedback via the website or speak to our coaches or Chairman at the end of the pool sessions.
Bramston Canoe Club uses qualified coaches who are committed to improving the standards and safety aspect of our paddling, with coaches regularly updating their qualifications where appropriate. Our coaches have undergone Enhanced Criminal Record Bureau Checks (Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)).
|Coaches:||Kevin Reed||BC affiliated Level 3 coach|
|Barry Iszard||BC affiliated Level 1 coach|
|Kevin Dudley||BC affiliated Level 3 coach|
|Cheryl-Ann Kotze||BC affiliated Level 1 coach|
|John Hefford||BC affiliated Level 1 coach|
|Chris Moore||BC affiliated Level 1 coach|
|Jill Pearce||BC affiliated Level 1 coach|
|Andy Baldwin||BC affiliated Level 1 coach|
|Anna Jarvis||BC affiliated Level 1 coach|
Where we train
Our pool sessions take place at the Witham Leisure Centre, Spinks Lane, Whitham, Essex, CM8 1NB. Throughout the year occasional training sessions may be held outside in a more natural environment such as the canals, rivers, estuaries etc.
When we train
Mondays 20:15 – 21:15 save for bank holidays when the leisure centre is closed.
The British Canoeing Paddlesport Start Award is designed to provide a framework for a paddlerʼs first session. It is very much an encouragement award and can be used by coaches who offer taster sessions, or the first session of a series. It is an adult version of British Canoeing Paddlepower Start. This award will give paddlers an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of paddling. It is designed for all who take part in any form of paddlesport.
British Canoeing Personal Performance Awards
The new Personal Performance Awards are designed for paddlers wanting to gain recognition of their learning and development, in the craft and environment they choose.
The process of completing the awards is based on learning. The ethos of ‘supporting the paddler’ is the main focus of all the awards, encouraging individuals in their personal development.
British Canoeing Paddlepower – aimed at under 16 year olds.
PaddlePower Start is designed to provide a framework for a paddler’s first session. This Certificate provides encouragement and signposting to future sessions. Coaches will normally award the Start Certificate at the end of the first session. This session might be a ‘taster’ or the first or a series of sessions, and any type of Paddlesport craft may be used.
Paddle Power Passport
PaddlePower Passport comprises four progressive Levels that guide the new paddler from the initial Start Certificate through various Skills. These encourage each paddler to achieve recognisable standards in a range of skills and areas of knowledge. Adults would achieve similar standards via the One Star criteria. A coaching programme of approximately 8 hours is appropriate for most paddlers.
Paddle Power Discover
PaddlePower Discover comprises four progressive Levels that encourage the young paddler to focus on particular techniques, skills and areas of knowledge across the sport. These will significantly develop competencies and raise their standards of achievement in Paddlesport. Adults would achieve similar standards via the Two Star criteria. A coaching programme of approximately 15-20 hours is appropriate for most paddlers.
The BC One Star is a flat water award that demonstrates an individual has basic boat control and foundation skills. The one star can be taken in any kind of paddlesport craft (e.g sit-on-top, slalom C1, C2, K2, polo boat, sea kayak, racing canoe, open boats and double kayaks etc)
The Two Star is an improvement award that helps paddlers develop fundamental paddlesport skills on flat water. The emphasis is on gaining a breadth of experience, creating the desired movement of the boat and developing an understanding into how the paddle , boat and water intereact. This award is significanlty different to the old 2 star, with a change to develop generic movement skills that can transfer to any discipline and with an assessed journey. Assessors will need to be able to assess the award in a variety of craft.
Successful performance at BC Three Star level indicates that a candidate can condsider themselves an intermediate paddler rather than a beginner.
The 3 Star is discipline specific with awards in Sea kayak, Surf, Open Canoe, White Water Kayak, Flat Water Kayak and some of the competitive disciplines. The Three Star paddler will be a competent performer in sheltered to moderate water environments and have the ability to paddle unsupervised, with similar standard paddlers on sheltered water. When you successfully complete a Star Test you can apply to British Canoeing to recieve a certificate. If you are interested in one of the star awards please click on the link below to view the syllabus www.britishcanoeing.org.uk
Each first aider has their own fully equipped first aid bag which they carry with them during trips. First Aid courses are arranged once a year to ensure new and current members alike are covered. All practising Coaches have to be 1st Aid trained with the last 3 years.
Like most sports clubs, we rely on the time and skills of our volunteers to ensure our club keeps running year upon year. We are always on the look out for new volunteers, so if you are an existing member, a new member or partner, our club needs you! Coaches and officials are not the only volunteer roles within our club – we need volunteers within all aspect of the club alike. So whether you are great at fundraising, can develop websites or organising social events or you just fancy helping out let us know. We would love to have you onboard.
Our events calendar can be found on our website www.bramstoncanoeclub.org. We are always welcome to new suggestions and ideas. We try to arrange some non-paddling social events through the year.
We are a British Canoeing Affiliated Club and are therfore covered under the BC Civil Liability Insurance for Canoeing Sessions. British Canoeing Insurers have agreed to extend cover under the civil liability policy for clubs to give non members up to 6 introductory sessions without the individuals having to become members (on the sixth session the non-member must join the Club in order to be included in the Club liability insurance).
In order for the insurance to be valid clubs must maintian records of those individuals taking part in the taster sessions and make available to insureres in the event of a claim against the Club (this could be done using the poolside form which will be provided at your first session). Any injuries or damage to property occurring during the session should be immediately reported to British Canoeing.
Bramston Canoe Club (Witham) is a British Canoeing Affiliated Club; however once you become a member of the Club we would encourage you to become an individual member of the BC.
The limit of indemnity for any one accident has been increased to £10million with effect from 1st April 2008.
The BC have negotiated a group policy on behalf of all members (who live in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland) to ensure that the cost of insurance is kept to a minimum. Things sometimes go wrong and regrettably there is a need for paddlers to have 3rd party insurance should an accident or damage occur. This is why one of the benefits we offer members is insurance cover, so that you can have complete piece of mind when paddling.
Here is the technical bit…
- Third party insurance cover is a benefit of BC membership and applies to;
- Individual BC members
- Residents in the UK
- Affiliated clubs
- Registered members of affiliated clubs resident in the UK
The limit of indemnity any one accident is to a maximum of £10,000,000 for a claim arising from loss, injury to, death or damage to the property of a third party. It also covers legal liability. The insurance is valid for any canoeing or related activity worldwide.
Member to member liability is included as are members of the coaching service acting in an instructional capacity. This includes paid coaching work up to a value of £25,000 in any one year.
Not only do you get to paddle with a nice bunch of people you get a few other benefits too:
The canal runs for 13.75 miles from Chelmsford down to Heybridge Basin and Bramston Canoe Club members get the benefit of a River License for this stretch of water.
As a Club member you will have the benefit of using club equipment in the pool without charge and to borrow club equipment for a small fee for use outside of the pool. Procedures for this can be found in appendix B .
This is an important part of our Club and paddles are being arranged all the time, from weekends away; surfing, sea kayaking or white waterering to a short paddle down the canal to the pub and everything else in between.
One to one training with one of our BC coaches.
- Licences to paddle on 5000km of Britains navigations and canals
- Civil Liability Insurance (up to £10 million)
- Great rates on boat insurance.
- Special discount including:
- +10% discount at selected canoe and kayak retailers
- +15% discount on all Cotswold Outdoor products
- (with £5 off every £100 spent going back to the Young People’s canoeing)
- Fighting for more access to water (see Rivers Access Campaign) Enland, Uk
- Providing a volunteer River Information
- Negotiation for access, ingress, egress and portage with landowners.
- Providing access advice
- Representing the paddling fraternity with :- Natural England, The Environment Agency, British Waterways, Angling representatives, Country Land and Business Association, Association of Canoe Trades, British Marine Federation, Sport England, UK Sport, the various lottery providers, Central Council for Physical Recreation, The Parliamentary Waterways Group, International Olympic Committee, International Canoe Federation, European Canoe Association, the UK Yachting Association, British Standards Instituioin and it’s CE counterpart, the Inland Waterways Association, various Otter and wild life trusts.
- Managing eight other canoeing disciplines
- Providing and managing a comprehensive coaching programme
- Helping to manage over 600 canoe clubs
- Providing and managing a development programme
- Helping with individual and club development
- Providing a members magazine- Canoe Focus- six times per year
- Providing a comprehensive membership services department
- Providing a comprehensive website: www.bristichcanoeing.org.uk
- Negotiating exclusive and /or discounted arrangements at some paddling sites
- Providing books, and other services at a special price for members
- Organising a members AGM open to all.
Please find below a code of conduct. We ask all Bramston Canoe Club (Witham) members to abide by.
- Co-operate fully, respecting all requests and decisions made by the coaches, helpers officials and administrators.
- Members must control their tempers and avoid behaviour which may inconvenience or upset others.
- Treat other club members with respect at all times on and off the water-treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself;
- Be considerate and respectful to paddlers and water users and treat others as you would wish to be treated.
- Support your coaches and club members, without them , there would be no Club.
- Paddlers must wear suitable kit for paddling if in doubt ask a coach for advice.
- Take care of all property belonging to the club and club members- and be reponsible for caring for your own equipment and clothing.
- Inexperienced members must be supervised by an experienced senior member.
- Do not put other river users at risk.
- Assess the weather and water conditions – if unsure, take advice or don’t go out.
- Be aware of river health hazards and contact your GP immediately if you feel unwell.
- Advise a Club official of damage to Club equiment or boats.
- Subscriptions are to be paid promplty.
- Remember: It is your responsibility to always be on time and be prepared for all activities and….
- Always take time to thank all those who help you take part in your chosen discipline.
THESE DETAILS ARE CORRECT AS OF 10th APRIL 2021. Approved by Mike D, Club Secretary, and Cherly- Anne K, Club Chairperson.