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Lockdown 2.0 Covid-19 Update

Lockdown 2.0 Covid-19 Update

Following the latest government announcement we would like to clarify our current trading situation. Flow Kayaks is a specialist online store ran by paddlesports professionals, currently without a physical showroom. We specialise in providing performance products and brands for kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding and more to our growing customer base. We hold growing stock of EXO Kayaks, Peak UK, G’Power Paddles, Hiko Sport, Starboard SUP, LB9, GUIGUI-Prod and Connect Kayaks.

Lockdown 2.0

As we enter “Lockdown 2.0” very little is changing to the way that we are operate. We are still available on the phone, web chat, email or DM on social media to give you the most up to date, expert advice on all of our paddlesports brands and products. We are still maintaining stock levels and shipping as normal and as quickly as we can. Stock products will be sent out ASAP, backorders and special/ custom orders will still be processed and will be moved forward as quickly as possible. Occasionally, there may be delays on orders due to increased demand on suppliers that are mostly operating with a reduced work force. There is also huge demand on couriers due to the shift to online shopping. Should you be concerned about the status of your order, please contact us by email at info@flowkayaks.co.uk and use your order number as the subject.

Current Paddling Guidelines:

British Canoeing have just released the following statement:

“Recreational paddling permitted under new government measures – 5 November

5 November 2020

Following the recent Coronavirus (Covid-19) government announcement regarding new lockdown measures, British Canoeing has today received confirmation that recreational paddling and exercise on the waterways is permitted.

British Canoeing has been in conversations with Sport England, Sport & Recreation Alliance and the waterways authorities over the past few days to present our views and seek clarity for our members and the paddlesport community.

Guidance issued by Sport England confirms that recreational paddling is permitted within the government measures so long as you are:

  • on your own
  • with the people you live with (your household)
  • your support bubble
  • on your own and with one person from another household – this could be a coach for 1:1 coaching

Children under the age of five, as well as disabled people dependent on care, are not counted towards the limit on two people meeting outside.

Outdoor exercise limits – There is no limit on the amount of time spent exercising outdoors, or the amount of times per day you can exercise outdoors.

Travel – You can still travel to exercise outdoors, but where possible we would strongly advise paddlers to paddle locally.

Coaching – 1:1 coaching/personal training sessions can take place in a public outdoor space, so long as social distancing is maintained.

A thorough risk assessment for all activity and appropriate safety frameworks should be in place. Any coaching of under 18s and adults at risk on a 1:1 basis should be avoided. Coaches are reminded of the principles of British Canoeing’s safeguarding policy.

Elite training – Elite training has been identified as an exemption and is defined by Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to include professional sport and lottery funded athletes within Olympic and Paralympic sports. 

This does allow for the lottery funded athletes in the sprint, slalom and paracanoe World Class Programmes to continue to train, subject to full compliance with a number of detailed Covid-19 requirements laid out in the new government measures. 

We are grateful to the National Water Sports Centre, Lee Valley White Water Centre and Dorney Lake, who have worked in partnership with us in order to facilitate these arrangements.

Safety – We fully advocate staying safe on the water and individual paddlers should restrict their paddlesport activities to environments which are well within their capabilities, alert friends and family to their activity and predicted return times and ensure they have a means to call for help, handy at all times.

Waterways licence – Paddlers are reminded that a waterways licence is required to paddle on licensed waterways. Full details on membership is available on the British Canoeing website.

Clubs and centres/paddling events and competitions

Following the approval of the Bill in Parliament on 4 November there is a requirement to suspend all paddling events and competitions and to close paddling clubs and water sports centres.

The new measures will be underpinned by law, which was approved by MPs on 4 November.

The new national restrictions come into force from 5 November to 2 December and apply to England only.

We recognise that decisions that apply to activities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be taken by the devolved administrations. For further information and current advice contact:

Scottish Canoe Association 

Canoe Wales 

Canoe Association of Northern Ireland

Christmas Shopping 2020

We cannot emphasise enough that the Christmas buying rush this year will be very different. Suppliers are working with much longer lead times and reduced stock levels. Combined with the increased pressure on the courier services this means there will be longer delivery times so please order early to avoid disappointment!

2021

Many of us are looking forward to moving into 2021, hopefully to a year that makes slow changes back to a pre-pandemic way of living, (although hopefully having made some progress in learning about our values and what is really important to us). We cannot wait to be back at paddlesports events meeting our customers, displaying and talking about our products and getting involved on the water. We are looking forward to showing you all the exciting new products, ideas and projects we are working on when the time is right!

Stay safe!

Flow Kayaks

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