This page contains information about paddlesport access arrangements that SWOAPG has been involved in negotiating:
Canoeing on Reservoirs Scheme
Access to selected Reservoirs of the Brecon Beacons
SWOAPG, working closely with BBNPA and DCWW, have developed a scheme that allows access to four reservoirs in the national park (Pontsticill, Pentwyn, Beacons and Usk) for Providers delivering Canoeing, Kayaking and SUP to Groups.
The Passport scheme allows access to Providers (and Clubs) if they sign up and purchase a Passport. The scheme is administered by BBNPA for DCWW, a charge is payable to cover the cost of administration.
This access arrangement supersedes any previous access agreements at these sites that may have been made with Outdoor Activity Providers.
Passports run from 1st April – 31st March
***Good News for 2020 from BBNPA (following re-opening of reservoirs on 13 July): “Given that reservoirs have not been available for just over 3 months, we will reduce the price of annual passports [this year] to £105 and 2 annual passports purchased by 1 operator to £135. 7 day passports will remain at £70. We will refund those who have already purchased passports by the appropriate amount.”***
The cost of an annual Passport is ONLY £150 [£105 in 2020] per year per organisation, or £190 [£135 in 2020] for 2 passports issued to one organisation (These are not transferable between centres).
There is also the option to purchase 7 day passports which can be purchased for £70. You must register for the scheme and then notify BBNPA each time you are planning to use the sites so the total of days used can be administered correctly.
How to apply – full details can be found in the Passport Packs, available from the – Brecon Beacons National Park Authority (Reservoir Passport), Plas y Ffynnon, Cambrian Way, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7HP, or via the links below (NB the leaflet hasn’t been changed since 2017 but the details remain the same):
**It should be noted that the Military do have their own and separate access agreements with DCWW and would not be included in this scheme**
Guidance on filling out the Passport Application Form:
In accordance with with the requirements of the passport application the SWOAPG have produced a generic risk management plan which, if providers are working within the scope of this advice, will serve as the necessary paper work required for the passport to be granted.
If you have an AALA licence covering Canoeing/Kayaking/SUP on open water then just submit your AALA reference code on the form. You will need to place your insurance policy number and also expiry date as well as send a hard copy (scan or fax is also acceptable) with the form.
If you do not hold an AALA licence or you wish to work outside of the Risk Management Plan then you will need to submit your own risk assessment, policy and procedure with your passport application. For non licensed providers please click below for a detailed check sheet which will help ensure that you are meeting the requirements of the application in terms of documentation and safety standards to help you save on time and additional work in your process.
PLEASE NOTE: When you come to sign up to the scheme please just ignore the SWOAPG membership number and leave blank, we currently do not issue these; this was a minor mistake made in the final print.
River Wye Glasbury to Hay – Canoeing Code of Conduct
A Code of Conduct is now in place for use of the River Wye between Glasbury and Hay. SWOAPG input into the consultation for this code to help create a “least restrictive” outcome.
The Code of Conduct document can be found here and contains all the information you need to know.
All enquires should be directed to Countryside Services, Powys County Council: 01597 827500 or firstname.lastname@example.org