Posting Pick-Up Paddles
Connecticut Sea Kayakers Association, Inc. (ConnYak) has been monitoring responses of governmental and other responsible authorities during the current COVID-19 Pandemic. The club has decided to re-open its Bulletin Board for posting "pick-up" paddles to facilitate outdoor recreation.
Pick-up paddles are on-water activities organized by individuals independently of ConnYak, which has neither reviewed nor approved them. Please remember that participating in any paddlesport activities presents a risk of serious injury or death, including exposure to infectious disease such as COVID-19. ConnYak cannot guarantee and is not responsible for your personal safety. As a participant, you assume all risks associated with the activity.
ConnYak will consider resuming club-sponsored paddles and events, including social and instructional activities, when conditions permit.
Guidance: Using the Bulletin Board to Post "Pick-Up" Paddles During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The ConnYak Bulletin Board has traditionally been used by the club's members and friends to share their paddling plans and invite others to join them on a "show and go" basis. A typical post includes a brief description of the paddle plan, including details such as date, time, launch point, intended route and other considerations including anticipated conditions, possible stops and debriefing.
Some may wish to resume this practice with the re-opening of the Bulletin Board. However, COVID-19 makes it important to consider how to manage the size and composition of the group in a way that addresses the "Paddling in the Time of COVID-19" guidance detailed below.
An alternative to an open post would be an announcement of a general intent to paddle on an approximate date and time, in a given area, with an invitation to RSVP to the person posting using the Bulletin Board's messaging function (that is, using the [Send E-Mail] link next to the poster's name) if one is interested in joining. For instance, one might post:
Planning to paddle in Stonington/Mystic area on Saturday morning, June xx. Trip length approximately 10 miles. Bring lunch. Group size limited - attendance by accepted RSVP only. If interested, contact me at "Send email" link above for details.The poster can then sort through respondents and share details of the launch location, time and route with a limited number, advising others that regrettably the paddle is full.
In the interest of community safety, we share the following guidelines for anyone who plans and/or participates in pick-up paddles. Remain aware of and follow state and federal regulations and guidance (see below)
Plan the paddle with COVID-19 risks and safety in mind
Reduce risk's that may spread infection to others
Some Links to State, Federal and Paddling Association Guidelines