1.  Paddling is only to be undertaken at designated canoeing times.

      • Tuesday       08:00 – 17:00
      • Wednesday   04:00 – CLOSE
      • Thursday      04:00 – CLOSE
      • Friday           08:00 – CLOSE
      • Saturday       08:00 – 14:00

2.  All children under the age of 16 must have a responsible adult present at all times whilst they are paddling on the Lake.

3.  Qualified Paddlers – A minimum of two paddlers paddling as a group on the lake, all holding a minimum qualification of the old BCU 3* or the new BCU Paddlesport 2*

    • can paddle at any designated canoeing times
    • the group gets off at the designated session end time

4.  Training/Coaching Sessions:

    • Training/Coaching Sessions are to be led by a someone with a minimum old Level 2 or UKCC level 1 qualification
    • A Coaching scheme member must be present before any unqualified paddler goes on the water
        • unless there is a group of Qualified Paddlers (see above)

5.  Unqualified Paddlers – A group of paddlers who are not Qualified Paddlers (see above), can paddle at the same time as a Training/Coaching Session, as long as:

    • the coach leading the training session is happy that it is safe for them to paddle as a group
    • the group agrees the paddling parameters with the coach e.g. stay within sight of the pitches, no rolling practice etc.
    • the group gets off at the designated session end time

6.  All members are responsible to help with rescues.
7.  All paddlers to obey DWSC Staff, Bexley Council officials and Committee members’ instructions – particularly asking for permission to paddle if ice is present in/on the lake
8.  No Private boats to be stored in boathouse. If any are they will be deemed left at owners risk & usable by club members.
9.  Lake Sessions are free to members, a £2 donation for non-members may be collected at the committee’s discretion.
10. Youth group courses can be arranged via Guest membership and lake use, if booked with the committee and programmed so as not to clash with club sessions.
11. Ratios for Lake use to be at discretion of the lead coach for the session and within the BCU guidelines for “Very Sheltered waters”.
12. Any exceptions to the above are to be approved by the Exec Committee before paddling is commenced.


  1. Buoyancy aids must be worn on the water, no exceptions.
  2. Polo is to only be played in appropriate boats.
  3. No personal boats to be stored in boathouse.
  4. All club equipment taken out of the park to be booked out.
  5. All equipment to be returned back to correct storage Racks.
  6. Beginners, and those practicing capsize must wear appropriate footwear.
  7. All boats to be emptied after use.
  8. All boats to be carried to & from lake, not dragged.
  9. No cars to be parked on the grass.
  10. No paddling close to the South bank (within buoys) as this is the Fishing Area.
  11. Changing facilities to be left tidy after use.
  12. Competition boats are not to be abused (deliberate filling & sinking etc.).