Last Updated: 2 April 2020
social distancing and hygiene procedures for paddling
Hi, we’re pleased to be able to offer limited opportunities for getting out on the water via our Tuesday after-work paddles and regular hires.
We intended to contact all participants (all who said they are coming) to give thorough instructions for social distancing and hygiene procedures before coming to Tuesday Paddle Group – too much to send to everyone by text.
Since there’s been interest in knowing what we’re doing to stay safe, here are our procedures:
All kayaks and paddles will have been wiped down with bleach prior to use.
Karen and Kym will do all kayak unloading, launching and reloading so that we will be the only ones touching either end of the kayaks. We won’t be touching other parts of the kayaks.
We will only touch paddle blades. Paddlers will only touch paddle shafts.
PFDs (life jackets) are not bleached, but will have been sundried for minimum 1 full day, and stored unused for a minimum of 7 days, between uses.
We will require all paddlers to stay near their cars or well away from the launch point until we call them over to be launched individually.
All paddlers will be required to stay at least 2m from other people and kayaks while on land and on the water.
After paddling we will use a bleach solution to wipe down paddles and parts of the kayaks that paddlers have come in contact with.
We expect all paddlers to observe all of the hygiene procedures that are the new normal, including not coming if they are feeling unwell.
Participants will be limited to 8 for Paddle Group and regular hire to stay within the maximum of 10 (including us) for outside group activities.
Attendance records for contact tracing will be kept.
If you have any other questions or concerns please to not hesitate to ring us anytime on 0421 167 645. We have a lot more time on our hands than usual!
Getting out and being active is more necessary than ever and paddling is one of the safest activities under present circumstances, and a great stress-reliever, so while we can safely offer it to others, we will endeavor to do so.
Every blessing to you during these challenging times,
Kym & Karen