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How to Social Distance on the Water While Kayaking


A few weeks ago, social distancing was a new term for most of us. Now we are all well-rehearsed in the importance of it and are doing our best to still live our lives while keeping our distance from others. But keeping to ourselves doesn’t mean we have to give up everything we love. Most stay home or shelter in place rules don’t keep people from going outside and enjoying the outdoors. Most are encouraging it as a way to stay healthy during this stressful time, so long as you practice a few extra safety measures.

Maintain Social Distancing While Kayaking

While you may not be able to gather for a picnic or head into a restaurant after your trip, you can still get out there and enjoy the water. Here we’re going to go over a few ways you can continue to safely paddle or kayak while following the Covid-19 social distancing rules.

Keep Your Group Small

Now’s the perfect time to enjoy some solo time out on the water. But if you aren’t comfortable or able to be out there by yourself, make sure you keep the size of your group down. The fewer people in your group the better. If at all possible, keep it to just people you live with who you have already been exposed to.

Keep Your Distance

There should be least 6 feet between you and everyone else at all times. The water is no exception. The average length of a kayak is about 10 feet. So, for good measure, try to keep about a kayak’s length between you and everyone in your party at all times.

Handle Your own Equipment

Helping others right now is a no-go. It may feel impolite, but to maintain proper social distancing and to make sure we aren’t spreading germs indirectly through contamination of surfaces and objects, we all need to be responsible for our own stuff. So if it’s not yours, don’t touch it.

Paddle Smart

Regular safety rules and common sense still apply. You’ll want to check the weather forecast, dress appropriately and be aware of your surroundings. Now might not be the best time to take on any new challenges that could put you in danger or result in a hospital visit. And as always, make sure you’ve let someone know where you are going, your route and what time you should be back.


Even with these added safety measures, don’t forget to enjoy yourself and your time on the water. Nature can have an extremely calming and relaxing effect and now is the perfect time to take advantage of it.

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