SOCIAL DISTANCING FOR PADDLERS
Have questions about the coronavirus and what it means for paddling? We've put together a quick guide to social and physical distancing for paddlers.
gUIDE TO SOCIAL DISTANCING
It's days and weeks like these that remind us of the strength, compassion, and perseverance of our communities. When we just need to get away from it all – from the news, our screens, our anxieties – we seek renewal of mind, body, and spirit in Nature through paddling. Now more than ever, as social distancing becomes part of our everyday lives, we look to the water to maintain our sense of peace. However, with a list of restrictions that seem to grow every day, even endeavoring to go for a paddle can be confusing.
When thinking about "group" paddling, a family trip should be the first and only choice as it's still okay to be near non-quarantined family members currently living under the same roof. A family that lives together can still paddle together! Even so, there are still some social considerations to make before loading up and heading out in the family caravan.
Before embarking on a solo or family paddle trip, please review the non-exhaustive list below to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you in these challenging new times.
Abide by all instructions, regulations, and restrictions from international, national, and local authorities.
Keep travel distances short.
Keep your distance (6 feet) from others on and off the water.
Avoid crowds and take turns at put-ins and take-outs.
Plan your route appropriately and be mindful of water conditions, weather, etc.
Bring and wear the appropriate safety gear and clothing.
Bring a charged cell phone or communication device.
Inform someone where you're going and when you plan to return.
Upon returning make sure to thoroughly clean gear, clothes, and yourself.