About Us

Bristol Canoe Club is a club for paddlers in the Bristol area.

[ Winter 2020/2021. Please see our separate page regarding membership applications during the CoronaVirus situation: Membership applications during Covid-19 ]

We are a very active club, and we do lots of things – see the Calendar page for the latest info, but also we do a lot of trips at short notice, organised via our members-only email list.

We are involved in white-water paddling, flatwater racing, polo, plus general leisure.

Images of different types of paddling

For more information, please see the General Information link, Membership, Contacts, or any of the pages available from the menus at the top of the page.

Our online membership sign-up with webcollect is here: Bristol Canoe Club webcollect page, but we’d prefer if you come down to one of our sessions and say hello before signing up.

Club Update – COVID-19 Lockdown Guidance

[ Message issued by Tom (Chairman) on 7th Jan 2021 ]

Hi all,

Hope everyone had a good Christmas and made the most of the time outdoors before we were all stuck inside again!
Unfortunately we are all back in another lockdown…. And with that comes changes to how we operate as a club again.

The latest guidance from British Canoeing and the Government is that all clubs should postpone any activities during the lockdown. This means all trips are off and we aren’t able to meet in groups larger than 2.
The rules are as follows:

  • No using the Bristol canoe club equipment. You may use your own kit if you bring it with you or if it is stored in the cage, but the club kit can’t be used for the time being because the club is effectively closed. See the email below for more info if you are collecting your personal kit from the cage.
  • We are allowed to paddle on the harbour but you must stick to the government rules relating to exercise. You can only exercise with your household, social bubble, or one other person. Check the gov link here for more info around the latest lockdown https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home
  • No trips organised through the club. As the club is shut down for the time being, please don’t use the club email to organise trips, unless it’s so far in advance we’ll all be free from Covid!
  • If using the harbour, stick to social distancing rules and advice from the government

I know this isn’t the best info for anyone who uses the club regularly but we need to follow what advice and incinerate told so I hope you all understand. We’ll all make it through this and be ready for a cracking summer of paddling, drinking and BBQing together(let’s hope in groups of more than 6)!

Stay safe and we’ll all be back to normal before you know it! 

Tom

Harbour Office COVID-19 update

This Notice to Mariners was issued by the Harbour Master’s office on Wed 6th January.

Events in Bristol Harbour

03/21 Harbour Office COVID-19 update

Following the government’s announcement of a national lockdown. From Wednesday 6 January 2021 harbour use will be subject to new imposed restrictions.

The harbour is closed to all visiting craft

Travel outside of your local area is not permitted, and so we’re not able to facilitate visits to the harbour.

Powered Vessels

Leisure use of powered vessels is not listed by the government as a reasonable reason for leaving home and so not permitted. Owners of powered craft must not leave their moorings unless it’s to access necessary maintenance, and then only after permission has been sought from and given by the Harbour Authority.

Exercise

In line with government regulations on exercise, owners of manually propelled craft that hold Annual Navigation Licenses may continue to use the Harbour. Such use must adhere to government restrictions.

Licensed, manually propelled club activity may also continue with adherence to government restrictions and compliance with relevant association guidelines.

Navigation Licenses

No new licenses will be issued. If a Navigation License is not already held for a vessel, use of the Harbour is prohibited.

Harbour staff

Harbour staff will be on duty every day from 9am to 5pm to carry out dock patrols and essential locking and tidal duties. They will respond to emergencies, and will carry a limited supply of pump out tokens, electricity cards and other sundries for purchase by card only.

The emergency telephone service: 0117 903 1484, option 2 will still be available during operational hours.

The Harbour Office is closed to the public and should you wish to contact the office by telephone, call 0117 903 1484 between 10am until 3pm, or email harbour.office@bristol.gov.uk

Harbour Authority Tier 3 And 4 procedures

This Notice to Mariners was issued by the Harbour Master’s office on Mon 4th January.

Events in Bristol Harbour

02/21 Harbour Authority Tier 3 And 4  procedures in force from 4 January 2021

Fom Monday 4 January 2021 the Harbour Authority will be changing some of their Tier 3 and 4 procedures. 

This is because of the sudden increase in the Covid-19 cases in the Bristol area. It’s essential that we protect our staff and the Harbour community to effectively fulfill our statutory and essential duties.

These changes will remain in force whilst Bristol is in Tier 3 or above. 

Harbour staff

Harbour Staff will be on duty daily from 9am until 5pm to carry out dock patrols and only essential locking and tidal duties. 

They will also respond to emergencies and will carry a limited supply of pump out tokens, electricity cards and other sundries for purchase by card only.   

Emergency telephone service

The emergency telephone service 0117 903 1484, option 2 on the answering service. 

Public slipway

The public slipway will be open daily between 9am to 4:30pm for all leisure craft that hold an annual navigational license. However use must be in accordance with the latest government Covid-19 guidelines

Short Term Navigation Licences

No Short-Term Navigation Licence’s will be issued until the Harbour Authority feel it is safe to do so. Any vessel failing to comply with Government rules will be removed from the Harbour and licenses will be suspended until further notice. 

Group activities

Commercial and group based activities are still suspended and will not be permitted while Bristol remains in Tier 3 or higher. 

Harbour Office opening hours

The Harbour Office will remain closed.

To contact staff call 0117 903 1484 between 10am and 3pm. 

Tide/locking operations

Tidal and locking operations will only be done when essential and any unnecessary down and back journeys will not be permitted. 

Bookings must be made with at least 48 hours notice and approved by the Harbour Master (or his Deputy) before the commencement of any journey. 

For bookings call the Watch House on 0117 927 3633 leaving a message so a Harbour Staff member can return your call. 

Future updates

The Harbour Master will continue to review these changes and should Government guidelines or safety be compromised the Harbour Authority reserve the right to amend any of these procedures at short notice. 

Should, or when, Bristol be downgraded to Tier 2 (without the likelihood of returning to a higher Tier) the Harbour Authority will be pleased to review these changes.

Latest rules and info

Hi all,

Sorry for taking so long sending out this email and not keeping everyone up to date with the rules. As I’m sure everyone is aware, as we are based in a tier 3 area, the rules haven’t changed that much compared to when we were in lockdown.

The good news is the harbour is still open to us as the club has the licences to go out on the water. However the showers and toilets are still closed.

We still have no news on the pool so no update on when we will be back there or what the rules will be when we can go back in.

The indoor training sessions that are normally on a Thursday night are still cancelled until we are unable to train indoors in groups.

Trips can be organised by using the club email list however, as we are in tier 3, we cannot go to Wales nor should we be going paddling too far away. So if you are planning on organising any trips through the club you need to be aware of sticking to groups of 6 and keep the paddling to somewhere within our tier. Also, no car sharing for the time being.

I’m sure everyone knows the rules that are currently linked to the tier system so please stay safe and hopefully see you all soon! There is more guidance on the British canoeing website if you would like more info:

https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/news/2020/covid-19-update-paddling-guidance-in-england-from-2-december

Tom

Harbour Revised Tier 3 Lockdown Procedures

This Notice to Mariners was issued by the Harbour Master’s office on Tue 1st December.

Events in Bristol Harbour

48/20 Harbour Revised Tier 3 Lockdown Procedures 

From Wednesday 2 December 2020 the Harbour will continue with the changes outlined in the Notice To Mariners 47/20 below.. 

This is to comply with the Government guidelines for Covid-19 Tier 3 rules approved by Parliament. 

Marine Officers will remain on duty from 9am until 5pm, 7 days a week carrying out dock patrols and will be on call to respond to emergencies only.  

These officers will carry a limited supply of pump out tokens, electricity cards and other sundries that previously were purchased at the Harbour Office and can be purchased from them using card payment only.   

Emergency telephone service

An emergency telephone service: 0117 903 1484 option 2, will continue to be available during operational hours.

Public slipway

The public slipway will be open from 9am to 4:30pm, for all craft that have secured annual navigational licences.  It is stressed that the operation of these vessels will be carried out in line with government guidelines. 

Short Term Navigation Licences

No new Short-Term Navigation Licence’s will be issued during the lockdown period. Therefore if a licence has not already been purchased the craft will not be permitted to use the Harbour. 

Group activities

All commercial and group based activities will not be permitted during this period.  

Harbour Office opening hours

The Harbour Office will remain closed, however are still contactable by telephone on 0117 9031484 between 10am until 3pm.

Tide/locking operations

Tidal/locking operations will continue, and all bookings must be made at least 48hrs in advance and must be confirmed by Harbour staff.  To make a booking, call and leave a message with the Watch House on 0117 927 3633. 

Future updates

These operations are under constant assessment and should Government Guidelines or the safe operation of the Harbour be compromised then the Harbour Authority reserve the right to amend them at short notice.

Should Bristol be downgraded at any stage the Harbour Authority will review these changes. 

The government has also announced arrangements that will be in place over the Christmas period from 23 December to 27 December, which at this stage will not impact on the conditions of this notice.

Harbour revised lockdown procedures

This Notice to Mariners was issued by the Harbour Master’s office on Thu 5th November.

47 – 20 HARBOUR REVISED LOCKDOWN PROCEDURES

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that from Thursday 5th November 2020 to Wednesday 2nd December 2020 the Harbour will implement a number of changes so that the service can comply with the Government guidelines with regards the Covid-19 lockdown which were approved yesterday by Parliament.

Marine Officers will remain on duty from 09:00hrs until 17:00hrs, 7 days a week carrying out dock patrols and will be on call to respond to emergencies only. These officers will carry a limited supply of pump out tokens, electricity cards and other sundries that previously were purchased at the Harbour Office and can be purchased from them using card payment only.   An emergency telephone service (0117 9031484) will continue to be available during operational hours, using option 2.

The public slipway will be open from 09:00hrs – 16:30hrs for all craft that have secured annual navigational licences. It is stressed that the operation of these vessels will be carried out in line with government guidelines. No new Short-Term Navigation Licence’s will be issued during the lockdown period, and therefore if a licence has not already been purchased craft will not be permitted to use the Harbour.

All commercial and group based activities will not be permitted during this period.  

The Harbour Office will be closed until Wednesday 2nd December 2020.  Should you wish to contact the office by telephone, please call 0117 9031484 between 10:00hrs until 15:00hrs.

Tidal/locking operations will continue, and all bookings must be made at least 48hrs in advance and must be confirmed by Harbour staff.  If you wish to make a booking, please call and leave a message with the Watch House on 0117 9273633.

These operations are under constant assessment and should Government Guidelines or the safe operation of the Harbour be compromised then the Harbour Authority reserve the right to amend these procedures at short notice.

Apologies for the impact or inconvenience this may cause, but it is necessary to implement these changes with immediate effect to ensure we are complying with the guidance for the new national restrictions.   

Club awards 2020

The recent AGM announced the following awards:

  • Polo ‘most valuable’ player: Phil Charman
  • Fish of the Year: Ruby (Lynne & Nick’s dog) for 5 swims on the Wye on the Glasbury weekend
  • Phil Longrigg Trophy: Mark Gillett

The following awards were ‘furloughed’ (not awarded this year_ due to lack of paddling because of the Covid-19 situation: Most improved white-water paddler; Best marathon paddler; Polo most improved player; River God

New committee for 2020-2021

At the AGM held on 23rd Oct 2020, a new committee was voted in.

  • Chairman: Tom Brockett
  • Secretary: Ezra Watts
  • Treasurer: Fran Bamber
  • Other members: Alex Petsch, Ellie Payne, Lisa Gunton, Conor O’Neill, Matt Baird, Tanya Cownie, Nick Wainwright

Many thanks to the outgoing committee members.

Harbour phase 4 reopening Covid-19 Oct 2020

This Notice to Mariners was issued by the Harbour Master’s office on Tue 20th October.

46-20 HARBOUR TO MOVE TO PHASE 4 ON THE 26th October 2020

Notice is hereby given that a move to Phase 4 will take place on Monday 26th October 2020

The Harbour Authority has introduced safety precautions and is working within social distancing guidelines to protect both colleagues and our customers and we would appreciate that visitors follow all signs and instructions. 

The move to Phase 4 will permit the currently prohibited use of the Harbour by Powered Craft launching from Baltic Wharf Slipway only

Baltic Wharf Changing, toilet and shower, facilities will remain closed.

The decision to move to Phase 4 will be constantly reviewed as Lockdown conditions change. All activities will remain at the discretion of the Harbour Master and his staff.

Phase information:

Phase 2:  All manually propelled craft (SUP, Kayaks/Canoes, Dinghies, Rowing boats) will be able to navigate the Harbour.  The only slipway open will be the one located by the Harbour Office.  Navigation licenses will be issued from the Harbour Office only and must be obtained before launching. Payment should be made by card, and if you wish to apply for an Annual License please email harbour.office@bristol.gov.uk.

Phase 3:  All permanent leisure berth holders will be able to use the Harbour for navigation.

Phase 4:  Harbour reopens fully.

The above only applies to leisure use and all current recognized commercial operators should contact the Harbour Office to discuss their commencement of operations upon the water.

A deteriorating situation will result in restrictions being reinstated.

Membership applications during Covid-19

As you’re obviously aware, the CoronaVirus / Covid-19 situation has completely disrupted things for everybody this year, including our canoe club.

Unfortunately, for most of the summer 2020 and into winter 2020/2021, we have not been able to accept any new membership applications at all.

As of January 2021, we will accept some new members; based on previous experience and/or ability. We are still not able to accept any beginners.

If you have previous canoeing experience, please contact the membership secretary on membership-admin@bristolcanoeclub.org.uk, (or any other committee member), describing your experience, and we will see whether we can accommodate you.

We are as frustrated as you are with this, but to keep ourselves, and everybody else safe, we have to continue with some restrictions. We continue to monitor advice from both the Government, and the governing body: British Canoeing.

Apologies – on behalf of Bristol Canoe Club committee.