Lakeland Canoe Club Participation Statement
Lakeland Canoe Club recognises that kayaking, canoeing and associated water activities pose a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of, and accept the risks associated with adventure sports and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.
Minimising risks to reasonable and acceptable levels in line with current best practice and using dynamic risk assessments on the day is the accepted norm for organising adventurous activities and yet accidents do happen in outdoor situations when circumstances arise over which individuals have no control.
Designated Lakeland Canoe Club leaders must always act within their specified leadership remit and act as the focal point for group management by ensuring that decision making is informed, collaborative and well-communicated. In turn it is expected that group members will discharge their own duty of care by providing support as appropriate.
The Leader has Duty of Care for the whole group and the Leader’s ‘right’ to ask someone not to run a rapid, fall or weir should outweigh the individual’s ‘desire’ to run a rapid, fall or weir.
Risk is an inherent driver of adventure sports for when activities become predictable, absolutely safe and risk-free, they cannot then be defined as adventurous. Members of Lakeland Canoe Club must accept that, as participants, they willingly accept some degree of risk and should safeguard notions of adventure by exercising appropriate levels of personal responsibility during Club events.