Bow Valley Kayak Club

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Boat borrowing procedures until further notice:
Must be an active paid member of the BVKC.
1 boat per member.
MUST fill out every field of the sign out sheet located in the "members area" of this website.
NO SOFT GOODS. I.E. pfd's skirts, helmets, wetsuits, waterproofs.
Whichever boat you take must not be returned. You Must have a safe and secure place to store the boat until such times as these restrictions are lifted.

We understand this is not ideal and isn't fun for anyone. Please bear with us.
Any questions regarding these procedures please contact:
Riverscum@gmail.com

Courses:
All six-week spring once-a-week evening courses have been moved. They will now start in June as opposed to mid-May.
The summer course schedule remains un-changed.
Sharing vehicles is going to be changed for the 2020 season. We are only able to take one house hold per row of seats. this means that we can only have two people in our club van. Being able to get yourself to and from our program paddling locations is going to be more necessary this season. 
The AWA guidelines that we will be following can be found here! 


Covid-19 Information Bulletin #2 for Paddlers Suggestions for safer paddling

Dear Paddlers, May 12, 2020

As with all things on the river, this is information you can use to improve, not to guarantee, your safety,

and just as in whitewater the ultimate choices and assumption of risks are yours.

Before going: If the answer to any of these is yes, stay home. Do not paddle.

1. Do you have any of the following symptoms which are new (or worsened if associated with

allergies, chronic or pre-existing conditions): fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty

breathing, sore throat, and/or runny nose?

2. Have you returned to Canada from outside the country (including the US) in the past 14 days?

3. In the past 14 days, have you had close contact (living with, providing care to, or being within 2

m of) with someone who has a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19?*

4. In the past 14 days, have you had close contact with a person who had acute respiratory illness

that started within 14 days of their close contact to someone with a probable or confirmed case

of COVID-19?*

5. In the past 14 days, have you had close contact with a person who had acute respiratory illness

who returned from travel outside of Canada in the 14 days before they became sick?*

*other than health care workers who were wearing proper personal protective equipment at the time

On the river:

• Small groups, preferably 4-6 but no more than 12.

• Maintain 2m distance between people on the river, at the put-in, and at the take-out.

• Handle your own gear only.

• Rescuing swimmers is acceptable, but minimize contact as much as possible.

• Paddle well within your abilities. Avoid runs that may require rescue.

Shuttling when people not of the same household are involved:

• Consider whether you can avoid car shuttle entirely. Can you bike it or hike it?

• One person only (unless from same household) per row of seats, alternating sides.

• Wear a mask while in the vehicle. Cloth masks are acceptable. Mask must not be wet. Masks

should not be re-worn once removed, so bring another for the return trip.

• Handwashing or hand sanitizer before getting in, and upon getting out.

• The driver should be the vehicle’s owner; don’t drive other people’s cars.

• Everyone handles their own gear only.

• For multi-day outings, it is best to have the same “shuttle buddy” the whole time.

Disinfection:

• Soap and water is highly effective on all surfaces, hard and soft.

• Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is effective.

• Sanitizing wipes are useful where rinsing soap off a surface is not feasible, e.g., door handles and

seat belts in shuttle vehicles.