Kayaking in NZ during a pandemic August 11th, 2020 What does whitewater paddling in NZ look like at the various pandemic alert levels? With today’s news about Covid-19 in the community we thought it would be worth reminding everybody about what whitewater paddling looks like at the different levels Level 4. Stay home. Stay safe. Do not go whitewater paddling. Level 3. Stay in your bubble. Avoid driving in a vehicle with anyone outside of your bubble. This will mean carefully planning shuttles and travel to and from a riverOnly paddle on your local rivers, that you know well and present no risksPaddle one grade below your normal level. That means Class V is NOT OK!Do not paddle on flooded riversPaddle in small groups (up to 4 people) and maintain at least 2m distance from people outside your bubble. Your choice of river should not be at all challenging for your level of experience. It should feel like a “walk in the park”Do not paddle on whitewater rivers aloneDo not do overnight tripsDo not share equipmentClub activities should not take place Level 2: Transmission of the virus is most likely whilst travelling in a vehicle, so plan this carefully. Here are some things you can do to reduce the transmission risk while driving shuttles and driving to / from a river trip:Drive to and from the river by yourself or create an expanded “shuttle bubble”, and stick to this grouping whilst driving (and on the river, if possible)Drive with windows openUse good personal hygiene whilst sharing a carStay well within your skill level to reduce the likelihood of needing emergency services.Paddle in small groups and try to keep your group exclusive Keep a record of who you paddle withUse physical distancing wherever possible, particularly at the put-in and take-out, where other people may be presentAvoid touching each other’s gear, and if this is not possible, disinfect or use hand sanitiser as quickly as possibleOvernight trips are OK as long as 1m physical distancing is maintainedIf you are sick, have any respiratory, cold or flu-like symptoms, do not go paddling Level 1. Get out therePlay it safeBe kind Together we will beat this!!!