Sailing and canoeing on the River Thames in Kingston

COVID-19

Welcome back!

As COVID-19 restrictions ease, Minima Yacht Club is pleased to welcome members back for organised activities on the water.

Sailing

Sailing recommenced on Wednesday 31 March with a full programme on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays for the remainder of the season – see the calendar on the front page of this website for details.

Please read the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures below and watch the WhatsApp group for any updates.

Paddling

Paddling in groups of up to six people with social distancing has recommenced.

Please read the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures linked below and watch the Google Group for updates.

Bar

The Bar remains closed for the time being: we are planning to reopen as COVID-19 restrictions ease.

Know your limits and stay within them

Be aware that river conditions in Spring can be severe with the water still cold and a fast-flowing stream following heavy rain locally or upstream. Make sure you have appropriate clothing and personal buoyancy and that you are are confident in your experience, training and eqipment, bearing in mind that conditions can change quickly. Understand the dangers of cold water shock, and remember: IF IN DOUBT, DON'T GO OUT
KEEP SAFE

Cold water shock

Cold water shock causes the blood vessels in the skin to close, which increases the resistance of blood flow. Heart rate is also increased. As a result the heart has to work harder and your blood pressure goes up. Cold water shock can therefore cause heart attacks, even in the relatively young and healthy.

The sudden cooling of the skin by cold water also causes an involuntary gasp for breath. Breathing rates can change uncontrollably, sometimes increasing as much as tenfold. All these responses contribute to a feeling of panic, increasing the chance of inhaling water directly into the lungs.

Read more about cold water shock on the RYA and RNLI websites.

 

 

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