At its July meeting, the RICKA Executive Board made the following change to enhance paddling opportunities for
Reopening the RICKA Message Boards to ad-hoc trips
Reopening the Flatwater Calendar.
In the interest of community safety, we offer the following guidelines for anyone who participates in ad-hoc trips or scheduled trips:
Don’t come if you are sick, or have been exposed to someone who is sick.
Keep the group small – follow the state's guidelines on group size in the state in which you are offering the paddle in.
Maintain physical distancing – 6 feet at all times.
Always wear a mask or gaiter on land, and anytime you are within 6 feet of someone on the water - narrow waterways, rescues, etc.
Disinfect your hands often - especially before launching and landing, and anytime you come in contact with another person.
Stay local – while travel restrictions in RI have been relaxed, restrictions may remain in other states.
Keep the trip well within your skill level – minimize the chances of requiring outside assistance or rescues.
Be responsible for your own gear - loading/unloading, launching/landing.
Don’t share snacks or food.
Avoid car shuttles – launch, paddle and return to the same put-in.
Don’t congregate at the put-in or take-out - come, paddle and leave.
Always follow state regulations and national guidance.
Please remember that participating in paddlesport
activities can increase your risk of serious injury
or death, including exposure to infectious disease
such as COVID-19. The Rhode Island Canoe Association, Inc. (AKA Rhode Island Canoe & Kayak Association and RICKA),
while safety conscious, cannot guarantee and is not responsible for your personal safety.
All participants assume all risks.
YOU ALONE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AND THE DECISION TO PARTICIPATE IN CLUB ACTIVITIES. This is a critical time in the fight against coronavirus, so be patient, stay safe and stay distant. We are making
progress, and we encourage anyone getting back on the
water to understand the risks and follow state
regulations and national guidance.