Hot Doggers

We are a Scout club that meets on Monday evenings from April to September at the LOPC for a range of canoe, kayak and bell boating activities.

We provide fun sessions for explorers, scouts, guides, cubs, brownies and beavers. We also provide a range of British Canoeing Paddle Sport Awards for groups wishing to undertake various badges and awards.

We normally have availability for 3 groups of 15 paddlers so please check the calendars below, which have been split into the 3 groups so that you can see what sessions are still open for bookings.

Group 1 – 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Group 2 – 6:15pm – 7:45pm
Group 3 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm

To book a water activities session for a particular date, please use our online enquiry form which can be found by following this link.

Training for leaders who want to gain their adventurous activity permits in canoe or kayak can also be arranged on request.

As well as on Monday evenings, our instructors are available to help your group or district with weekend canoe or kayak expeditions. A selection of scout craft are available for these activities along with a trailer.

Note: Please bring your completed Hot Doggers activity form to your booked session. This can be downloaded from our downloads page.


Monday Evening Plans 2021 – Participant Notes

The following notes apply to visitors and participants of the HotDoggers paddlesport sessions held at LOPC.

You should not attend the session or visit the site if you any signs of the symptoms of COVID infection or should be self-isolating for any reason.

Whilst we make every effort to send your group out on their desired boat type, weather conditions, kit availability and canoe leader availability may mean we need to adjust our plans on the night and use alternate boats.

Leaders to carry masks and gloves and use them when appropriate.

If you need to go inside the building, please wear a mask at all times and use the hand sanitisation provided.

There are 3 section groups arriving at 6pm, 6:15pm and 6:30pm. Collection times will vary as we progress through the summer, but we aim to get all the groups off the water before sunset, again with 15 minute staggered finish times. Please try and stick to your allotted arrival time for drop off and collection and avoid mixing with other sections.

It would help if section leaders who are not paddling could assist bankside and help with general organisation kit allocation and return under the guidance of the canoe leaders. The section leaders can paddle if they want to and we can maintain canoe leader ratios.

A canoe leader to meet each section in the front car park. If parents are waiting, remind them to maintain social distance from other parents and youth paddlers.

Paddlers are to be directed to the outside hand wash area and then to the grass area by the kit cage where their section leader will hand them over to the canoe leaders who are leading each group.

Ideally, canoe leaders should access the stores and in this confined area it is important to maintain social distancing and/or wear masks.

Please advise your paddlers that they must not share or swap BAs or paddles during the session. At the end of the session, we need to isolate and clean equipment so please do not just abandon the kit on the floor or put it back into stores without the direct supervision of a canoe leader.

Advise paddlers to use the outdoor wash area after the session.

There is no routine access to showers, but toilets and changing are accessible if required but we must limit the numbers using the changing and toilets at any one time to allow for social distancing. Showers must only be used in an emergency situation and then with strict isolation and must be cleaned after use. There is a one-way system in place for changing
room access from the outside doors – up the ramp, down the steps.

Paddlers should arrive changed and ready to paddle. It is our intention that they should remain dry enough to return home in their paddling kit, but it would be advisable to have a towel or bag to sit on for the return journey.

Appropriate paddle clothing and kit required:
– swim shorts/leggings/joggers (not sweat pants)
– T-shirt or sports top
– Wetsuits are acceptable but are often too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer.
– Light trainers or pumps. Avoid thick-soled/heavy trainers where possible as kayaks can have limited foot room for larger feet.
– For colder weather, a long-sleeved top or waterproof jacket/cagoule is required.
– For hot weather, insect repellent and sun cream are advisable as is a cap.
– If you need to wear glasses when paddling attach a cord or string that can be used to secure the glasses to the BA or other clothing.
– No hoods to be visible and need to be tucked in, and no open loops on clothing.
– You will not be allowed to paddle in jeans sweatshirts/sweat pants, heavy jumpers, heavy boots, wellingtons or sandals.
– You must bring a full change of clothes, towel and shower gel but after most sessions, people can go home in paddle kit.

Encourage people to leave the site promptly but politely at the end of the session to avoid mixing with other section groups who are leaving after them.

This information is available to download from our Downloads page, just follow this link.


Monday Evening Plans 2021 – Canoe Leader Notes

The following notes apply to HotDoggers Canoe Leaders

You should not attend the session or visit the site if you any signs of the symptoms of COVID infection or should be self-isolating for any reason.

If you need to go inside the building, please wear a mask at all times and use the hand sanitisation provided.

There are 3 section groups arriving with one or two leaders at 6pm, 6:15pm and 6:30pm. Each section will be supported by 3 or more canoe leaders.

We need a swift turnaround to get each group moved from the car park, to kit collection and out on to the water to avoid mixing with other groups. Groups will return at 15 minute staggered intervals, with the last group due to be off the water by sunset.

As we are fully booked most weeks we will need at least 9 canoe leaders each week. We cannot combine the groups or allow them to mix. I will endeavour to share the group bookings in advance.

The extra section leaders who are not paddling will assist bankside and help with general organisation kit allocation and return under the guidance of the canoe leaders. The section leaders can paddle if we can do while maintaining ratios and we should ideally stick as close to 15 scouts with 5 leaders per section. Extra canoe leaders to help with launching until all
groups are on the water and can then paddle themselves floating between the groups offering support if required but not directly interacting with the groups unless the situation demands multiple leaders. Ideally the extra canoe leaders should be the first off the water to assist getting the paddlers and boats off the water.

Any adult paddlers not directly involved in supervising groups who are paddling socially, must adhere to the rule of six (no more than 6 adults in a social group) while that remains government advice.

One canoe leader to meet each section and greet parents dropping off in the front car park. If parents are waiting, remind them to maintain social distance from other parents and youth paddlers.

Paddlers are to be directed to the outside hand wash area and then to the grass area by the cage where their section leader will hand them over to the canoe leaders who are leading each group.

Ideally, leaders should access the stores and in this confined area it is important to maintain social distancing and/or wear masks. Please aim to get all boats out you are likely to need before the youth paddlers arrive.

Kayaks and sit-ons are all stored in the cages cellar. Paddleboards and canoes are stored in the canoe shed. We should avoid tandem kayaks and triple canoes unless the paddlers are from family groups. At the end of the session, return the craft to the original location. They do not need to be wiped or decontaminated under normal circumstances.

BAs are stored in cage on the normal wooden pegs. Two sizes of BA are now in use. Universal large/Adult (red) and Universal child (yellow). At the end of the session hang the BAs on the Monday rope in the back left corner of the cage where they must remain for at least 72 hours before being re-used. Do not take BAs from the ropes unless we run out of BAs on the pegs, and then only take from Tues, Wed or Thursday.

Paddles are stored in the cage and canoe shed in the normal location. New paddles have been purchased and are colour coded for size. At the end of the session wipe/disinfect the paddle and return them to their original location. Should there not be time for this paddles that have not been disinfected must be returned to the temporary storage at the back of the
cage in the Monday racking. If we run out of paddles they can be used from the temp storage, but any taken from the Fri/Sat/Sun sections must be disinfected before use.

Leaders to carry masks and gloves and use when appropriate.

Plan your session so that paddlers should remain as dry as possible. Do not plan games or activities that are likely to result in a capsize, close contact such as rafting up or require shared use or swapping of paddles. It might be easier to go for a journey and teach some paddle strokes along the way, or do some boat manoeuvring around bridges.

There is no routine access to showers, but toilets and changing are accessible if required but we must limit the numbers using the changing and toilets at any one time to allow for social distancing. Showers must only be used in an emergency situation and then with strict isolation and must be cleaned after use. There is a one way system in place for changing room access from the outside doors – up the ramp, down the steps.

Encourage people to leave the site promptly but politely at the end of the session to avoid mixing with other section groups who are leaving after them.

Advise paddlers to use the outdoor wash area after the session.

This information is available to download from our Downloads page, just follow this link.


HotDoggers COVID Paddlesport Risk Assessment 24-03-2021 Amber

The risk assessment is available to download from our Downloads page, just follow this link.


Compulsory Kit List

Outdoor water activities sessions kit list:
Please make sure your cub/beaver/scout/explorer has appropriate clothing suitable for water-based activities and the weather conditions.  Typically these will be synthetic material rather than cotton and wool which absorb water.

Long trousers, no jeans or heavyweight jogging bottoms.
Warm tops, layers if cold.  Ideally no hoods, but they must be tucked in if present.
Windproof jacket.  Ideally no hoods, but they must be tucked in if present.
Water shoes, pumps or old trainers. No boots, flip flops or wellies.
Hat or cap.
If glasses need to be worn for the activity, please ensure they have a head strap or kneck cord or come with a length of string to tie the glasses to the buoyancy aid.
Towel, shower gel and a full change of clothes to go home in.

Buoyancy aids will be provided and must be worn for all activities.


British Canoeing Paddle Sport Awards

Paddle Start Award
The British Canoeing Paddle Start Award aims to provide you with the basic knowledge to enable you to safely get in and out of your boat, make it move and return to your start point. This is your first step into the world of paddling, ensuring you feel safe, confident and ready to progress to the Discover Award. The start award can be gained after attending a first fun session in any craft and is equivalent to the Scout stage one badge. Cost of the certificate is free!

Paddle Discover Award
Taking you on the next steps towards becoming an independent paddler, for a fun and safe time on the water. Developing an understanding of the factors which affect your paddling; developing your decision making and practical skills, giving you confidence on the water. Usually can be completed over 4 paddling sessions depending on ability and confidence. There are no prerequisites or age restrictions. Cost is £6 per week plus the British canoeing certificate fee of £6. It’s also equivalent to the Scout stage 2 badge.

Paddle Explore Award
Your Explore Award gives you ownership; allowing you to choose where you move next in the world of paddlesport.  Working with a coach you will be able to develop a programme that suits what you need. Learning to make confident choices with this individualised approach. This award recognises your ability to independently paddle your chosen craft in a sheltered water environment. There are no prerequisites or age requirements.

Cost is £6 per session plus the British canoeing certificate fee of £6. Usually completed over 6 paddling sessions depending on ability and confidence.  It’s also equidistant to the stage 3 scout badge.


Hot Doggers (Group 1)  6:00pm – 7:30pm

Calendar is loading...
- Available
 
- Booked
 
- Part Booked / Pending Bookings

Hot Doggers (Group 2)  6:15pm – 7:45pm

Calendar is loading...
- Available
 
- Booked
 
- Part Booked / Pending Bookings

Hot Doggers (Group 3)  6:30pm – 8:00pm

Calendar is loading...
- Available
 
- Booked
 
- Part Booked / Pending Bookings