Waka Ama Activity in Aotearoa - COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 3 UPDATE

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Kia ora Koutou. Now that we are in Level 3 it is important to understand what is possible in terms of practicing or participating in Waka Ama

Once we are in Level 3, Waka Ama activity:

  • Must be kept alone or in your bubble only
  • No congregating in any groups that are outside your bubble
  • Can only be on W1’s (OC1 with Rudder or V1 Rudderless)
    -          No: W2, W3, W4, W6 or W12
  • If you have not paddled a W1 before or you are not a confident W1 paddler then you should not be paddling during level 3
  • Any paddling in W1 MUST be kept close to shore (Recommend no more than 100 meters offshore at any point)
  • You should only use your own canoe and equipment (unless you are sharing with someone in your bubble). Shared equipment, like club waka, should not be used as they carry the risk of spreading infection.
  • Regular safety precautions should be adhered to at all times:

-          Life jacket

-          Two forms of communication

-          Spare paddle

-          Leg leash

-          Tell someone you are going paddling and when you are likely to be back

-          If you are paddling in the evening make sure you have a light that is visible 1 meter high and 360 degrees.

  • Please consider the weather conditions before paddling. Check the tide & check the wind conditions. Do not paddle in weather conditions eg; strong wind /large swell, that is beyond your capability. You do not want to put yourself at any risk of requiring rescue at any time.  
  • Be extra careful about driving with your canoe on your car and because you may be by yourself, be careful carrying your waka to and from the water. Avoid any unnecessary injuries at this time.
  • Stay local – you should not be driving outside of your regional area to paddle at this time
  • Remember that while we have been in lockdown daylight savings have changed, It will get dark earlier.
  • The seasons are changing and the weather is getting cooler. So be prepared for the conditions
  • Please make sure you clean/disinfect your waka and equipment if there is any chance that someone outside of your bubble will come into contact with it.

You can stay up to date with the latest information and advice from the New Zealand Ministry of Health here: https://www.health.govt.nz/…/dis…/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

There is also a dedicated Government a website where you can find all essential information https://covid19.govt.nz/

If you have any direct concerns regarding COVID-19, you can call the dedicated Healthline for free on 08003585453 (or +64 9 358 5453 if you’re using an international SIMS)

If you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of COVID-19 please stay home – Do not paddle.

Please contact admin@wakaama.co.nz should you have any questions 

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Updated: Apr 28, 2020