Walk tall naturally with purpose

Group sessions available again !

Since all legal measures to prevent coronavirus transmission have been removed in England by the UK government, we request that all our clients:

  • cancel their participation if they feel unwell with any of the nine recognised covid symptoms OR if they have a temperature/fever in order to prevent onward transmission of this or other respiratory viruses when attending a Nordic walking group session
  • follow the basic guidance described below before, during and after Nordic walking group sessions.

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The latest public health advice was issued on 28 October 2021 for East Sussex and stated:

“People are urged to act as though Plan B were already in place to avert further increases.

Government have ruled out Plan B although cases continue to escalate. Please act as though Plan B has already been put into place to avert further increases – that simply means making sure you are up to date with your vaccines and wearing masks, especially in crowded places. For indoor events make sure there is adequate ventilation.”

Although lockdown is over and the risk of catching coronavirus is much less in the outdoors than indoors, we’ll still need to keep a safe distance of 1 metre plus during Nordic walking sessions for the majority of the time. Instructor and participant will usually be either side by side or the former behind the latter, so being face to face for a significant length of time, i.e. 15 minutes or more, is not necessary. The standard mitigating measures are important to bear in mind: sneezing/coughing and drying a drippy nose in the elbow crease, avoiding touching your mouth, nose and eyes and effective handwashing with soap or 60%+ alcohol, or hypochlorous, sanitiser before and after the session. If you prefer to wear a mask and it’s safe for you to do so, please go ahead.

This winter, COVID-19 will still be transmitting and it is expected that more of us will also be exposed to other respiratory infections, including influenza or flu. If we all take these precautions, transmission will be prevented.

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As of 8 June, we have been able to return to running taster and course sessions in groups again, so …

BOOKING IS OPEN !!!

For more information on small group courses, click on new courses

The usual mitigating measures of physical distancing, coughing/sneezing into the elbow crease, avoiding hands touching eyes, nose & mouth and hand cleansing will continue to apply beyond 29 March and, in all likelihood, for some time to come. With coronavirus variants circulating that, we now know, can be more easily transmitted between people, we will be strictly adhering to the usual measures and ask our clientele to do so, too.

For your information, I had my second vaccination on 23 May.

Beginner Courses for Small Groups

The price of a beginner course of four 1.5 hour sessions for a group of three to six people in Brighton & Hove and in Eastbourne/Seaford is £80 per person, i.e. £20 a session.

Prices for one-on-two and one-on-one courses and for all courses in the Ashdown Forest and on the High Weald are available on request.

Prices include poles being provided for all sessions..

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As of 4 January, we can exercise in a public outdoor place:

  • by ourselves
  • with the people we live with
  • with our support bubble (if we are legally permitted to form one)
  • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
  • or, when on our own, with 1 person from another household.

We must not leave our homes unless we have a reasonable excuse … . If we need to travel, we should stay local, meaning avoiding travelling outside of our village, town or the part of a city where we live, and look to reduce the number of journeys we make overall. The list of reasons we can leave our homes and area include, but are not limited to:

  • outdoor exercise that should be done locally wherever possible, but we can travel a short distance within our area to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space).

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As of Boxing Day, UK government guidance is that we “can exercise or visit a public outdoor space:

  • by yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble
  • or, when on your own, 1 person from another household”.

All our sessions will be on offer on a one-on-one basis for the time being … at ‘lockdown-knockdown’ prices !!!

Be smart, stay apart … if in doubt, stick your pole straight out !

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As 2 December, members of the public can again exercise alone, or with up to 5 other people from outside their household provided members of different households can follow social/physical distancing guidelines. Gatherings of more than 6 people indoors or outdoors continue not to be permitted, unless this is essential for work purposes, or if this is part of a formally organised sporting or licensed physical activity (this can be in any public place, indoors or outdoors, or a private outdoor space like a garden, but not inside a private home).

Nordic Walking for Health is, therefore, now running taster sessions, beginner & extended courses, regular instructed Nordic walks for real exercise and refresher & assessment sessions for groups of up to 5 individuals from whatever number of households on condition that both the instructor and the participants maintain a physical distance from non-household members of at least one metre and take all recommended mitigating measures.

The usual guidelines regarding self-isolating, quarantine, physical distancing and hygiene to avoid becoming infected with, or transmitting, the coronavirus apply.

As of 5 November under our second ‘lockdown’ period through to 2 December, after which things will “return to a regional approach, based on the latest data”, government guidance is that we “can exercise or visit a public outdoor space:

  • by yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble
  • or, when on your own, 1 person from another household”

PREVIOUS GUIDANCE IS GIVEN BELOW

As of 15 September, members of the public can now exercise alone, or with up to 5 other people from outside their household provided members of different households can follow social/physical distancing guidelines. Gatherings of more than 6 people indoors or outdoors continue not to be permitted, unless this is essential for work purposes, or, as of 14 September, if this is part of a formally organised sporting or licensed physical activity (this can be in any public place, indoors or outdoors, or a private outdoor space like a garden, but not inside a private home).

Nordic Walking for Health is, therefore, now running taster sessions, beginner & extended courses, regular instructed Nordic walks for real exercise and refresher & assessment sessions for groups of up to 5 individuals from whatever number of households on condition that both the instructor and the participants maintain a physical distance from non-household members of at least one metre and take all recommended mitigating measures.

The usual guidelines regarding self-isolating, quarantine, physical distancing and hygiene to avoid becoming infected with, or transmitting, the coronavirus apply.

It was also announced on 17 July that “Under the new guidelines, people may use public transport for journeys immediately”.

Advice for healthy 70 year olds and over continues to be that they should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household by complying with physical distancing restrictions, especially if outdoors more frequently.

For people shielding, shielding has been paused as of 1 August: you “do not need to follow previous shielding advice” and “can go outside as much as you like but you should still try to keep your overall social interactions low”. If doing so, it still remains important to keep 2 metres apart at all times and, if this is not possible, one metre apart plus mitigating measures.

Booking is now open for taster sessions, beginner & extended courses, regular instructed Nordic walks for real exercise and refresher & assessment sessions. Refresher/assessment sessions are available for Nordic walking technique as well as for walking with trekking poles and walking unaided: these are ‘Walk Better for You !’ sessions. To make an enquiry, click on Nordic Walking for Health to send an email or text/phone 07813 524587.

Full information on this UK government Cabinet Office Guidance updated 24 June 2020 is at Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do

Specific government advice for the public about the phased return outdoors activity updated on 1 June is at Guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England


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