Like you, we have been awaiting more detailed information regarding a proposed completion date for the maintenance work on the course and handover back from Canal & River Trust. Unfortunately, we have no involvement with the physical works or completion timeline, however, there is now water in the course, and whilst there is still work going on in the background, this is great news that a reopening date is seemingly getting closer.
As soon as we receive further information we will update you all and will publish the summer programme for the course.
Thanks for your patience and fingers crossed it won’t be long before we’re all back on the water.
Just over a week ago we published a survey in regards to potentially reopening for white water paddling. We would like to thank all of those who took the time to complete the survey. Your response, support and eagerness to return to paddling at the Tees Barrage was overwhelming, so thank you.
Following on from our previous post last week, you will be aware how complex the site is to operate and maintain, and understand the significant financial losses that we are anticipating this year, almost 80% of our income. However, we know how valuable the centre is to our paddling community and share your eagerness to get back on the water. It is for this reason that we have decided to go forward with the sessions – noting that we will not make any money from them, the new set up will simply allow us to cover our operating costs. We want to bring paddling back for you, so that we can all get back on the water and start doing what we love! We are excited to announce that the sessions will start from Saturday 25th July 2020.
It’s important to highlight that the session time and duration that we will first introduce is only temporary, and we will be assessing things regularly, with a view to making changes when it is right to do so. Understandably, we need to start small and build up slowly, this is the responsible and safe way to re-open. We appreciate a lot of our customers travel from further afield and may find the sessions too short to justify the travel. Please be assured that it is our intention to add more sessions and extend the paddling time of these sessions as soon as we are able to.
From the survey, it was fantastic to hear that almost all of you were ready to return to paddling and over 80% of you were keen to attend the new sessions. As we highlighted in the survey, we will be introducing new procedures at the centre to make things as safe as possible for staff and customers, so it is essential that everyone visits the website and takes the time to read through the details. We have also included a list of FAQs to answer any of your questions and address some of your concerns. The page also includes details of how to book and when booking will become available.
Take a look here.
We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you on the water again soon!