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Weekend Canoeing

2 canoes beached on the shore of the sea; one of the paddlers standing in her boat


Canoeing Weekend    Cost £280

October 2nd to 5th 2020. (Friday to Monday)

This weekend course will be based at Acorn House, Bendrigg Trust.

Pick up will be from Oxenholme station at 5.30pm on the Friday. Drop off will be at Oxenholme will be 9am Monday. If you are unable to fit in with these times please discuss with us before booking. Of course you are welcome to arrive by your own transport but please note the accommodation will not be available till 5pm on the Friday.


We will be paddling open Canadian canoes. Each VI will be paired up with a sighted guide.

We will be canoeing only on flat water (lakes, no rivers).

The trailer will be unloaded by a small team, boats and paddles will then be wiped down with disinfectant.

All other kit will be issued for the duration of the course and will have been quarantined for at least 72 hours before the course.

Pairs will need to stay apart from other pairs, only rafting up in an emergency.

In the unlikely event of a capsize we will still rescue you! (After quickly donning our face covering.)

If conditions are suitable it may be possible to combine some open water swimming with canoeing.


We highly recommend the wearing of wetsuits. These will keep you warm and provide some protection from scrapes etc in case of a capsize. At this time of year we could have wet, windy and chilly weather or blazing hot sun. It can change from day to day so please come prepared for anything and everything!

We can provide the following

Longjohn (sleeveless) wetsuit

Canoe cagoule (wind and waterproof)

Buoyancy aid

Wetsuit socks



We will bring all of the above for each person unless you let us know that you have your own.

You will need to bring.

Footwear – robust footwear suitable for wading etc. Old trainers are ideal and wetsuit socks can be worn underneath. Sandals and crocs are not suitable as they do not provide enough protection.

2 x thermal or sports tee shirts. (for wearing under wetsuit) Something that is not cotton and therefore will not become cold when wet. 1 to wear, 1 spare in case of an unscheduled swim.

2 x fleeces again 1 to wear and a spare in your drybag.

A warm hat and gloves – to keep in your drybag in case you become cold after a capsize.

Sunglasses (if required) with a retainer to stop them falling off.

Please make sure you have a face covering with you and a small bottle of hand sanitiser that you can keep on you at all times.

General information

To keep overall numbers down instructors may also be guiding.

All participants will be expected to respect the arrangements made to keep everyone as safe as possible. These will include more remote guiding, face masks in transport and when close contact is required, regular hand washing and sanitising and social distancing wherever possible.

We also expect that participants have been living carefully and minimising their risk of contracting Covid.

Once a guiding pair is established that pair work together for the whole course.

Guide Dogs. We would prefer if they do not come as we would need to find a dog sitter (most of our regular dog minders are in the older age group and are therefore unavailable at the moment) and if we are able to do that it would introduce another person into the group.

If you have any symptoms or have had contact with anyone with covid symptoms or a positive test you should not attend the course. In this case we will refund your course fee.

If a participant develops symptoms during a course they will need to isolate in their room until their return train (or an earlier train if possible), they will then need to travel home as safely as possible.

Residential Information

Everyone will have their own room and bathroom.

VIs will need to be independent moving around the building. Guides will give verbal orientation at the start of the course and as necessary.

High touch areas in communal areas will be frequently cleaned.

The only people operating in the kitchen area will be staff.

We will prepare and serve all the food including packed lunches and flasks (wearing appropriate PPE). This may mean a slightly later morning start to activities than usual.

Participants will be allocated seating in the dining room and will need to stay seated during the meal.

Face coverings will need to be worn when moving around the building.

We will be keeping the communal areas well ventilated so please make sure you have some warm clothes for wearing indoors.

We are taking Covid security very seriously, if you don’t feel able to comply with all these conditions and procedures please don’t come!

If you want to book or find out more please get in touch.