All SISKA Members
It has been more than two months since our many club activities were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Although the coronavirus continues to pose a risk to all of us, Vancouver Islanders along with other British Columbians have worked hard to reduce the number of new cases to a level at which, it has been determined that some activities and services may now be redesigned and resumed.
Since Public Health authorities are beginning to permit the cautious resumption of recreation and other activities, we are pleased to announce that small group
paddles will be offered for your participation beginning May 30th
. You will see these listed on the website as soon as they are organized.
While we are delighted to resume club paddling, it is most important to emphasize our collective responsibility to stay vigilant and avoid the spread of the coronavirus in our communities.
Please carefully review the sea kayaking safety guidelines appended below. They are intended to promote Covid-safe paddling during the continuing pandemic. SISKA will closely monitor these paddles and evolving guidance from public health authorities and will adjust the guidelines as required.
Please enjoy our beautiful coast and stay safe!
Guidelines for SISKA Paddles during the Covid-19 Pandemic
During the current Covid-19 pandemic, we must all be aware of the need to self-isolate at home if we are feeling unwell, have had contact with a symptomatic individual in the past 2 weeks, or have arrived from outside the province. Even if we are apparently well, we must maintain the prescribed social distance (2m) from others whenever and wherever we are outside our homes. In addition, of course, we should frequently and thoroughly wash our hands, avoid touching our face and routinely disinfect high-contact surfaces.
As active sea kayakers we maintain our health and fitness partly through regular paddling, so the following guidelines are intended to ensure that we abide by the direction of our public health authorities to minimize the risk of contagion and maintain the required physical distancing.
SISKA paddles should be:
- Planned in locations with sufficient space to permit required distancing
- Planned to minimize the likelihood of adverse conditions
- Limited to no more than 6 paddlers in total, including the paddle leader
All paddlers, except for those living in the same household, should:
- Avoid carpooling.
- Wear gloves to assist with 2-person kayak carries.
- Bring and use hand sanitizer to maintain personal hygiene
- Bring and use disinfectant to clean surfaces as required (eg. kayak carry handles)
- Carry their own gear between their vehicle and the water.
- Enter and exit their kayak without assistance.
- Not share food or beverages.
- Maintain 2 meters distance from others
- before and after the paddle
- during launchings and landings
- during any rest/lunch break
- while on the water, unless involved in an emergency
- Not congregate after the paddle, unless a short outdoor debrief is required.