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:


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.