NEW PANDEMIC PROTOCOLS FOR PADDLING

To date, NBCB has been following the New York State on PAUSE directives and our facilities have been closed with paddling not allowed.  Recently, the State directives expanded to include marinas and boatyards where they follow strict distancing and disinfection protocols as well as the operation of “boats or other watercraft.”
 
While NBCB’s mission remains dedicated to enabling safe and responsible paddling and environmental stewardship of our waterways for everyone, current distancing protocols make it impossible to involve anyone who isn’t a fully independent paddler in our on-water activities.  Thus, we cannot safely offer paddling at this time to the public, nor to Members who are not certified as Club “Official Paddlers” with the rescue certifications that designation includes.

When our season begins (when East River water temperature reaches 60 degrees) Official Paddlers will be allowed, while following safe distancing and equipment disinfection protocols, to paddle in groups of no more than 4 approved paddlers.  All other NBCB Safety Protocols apply.  Paddlers should be aware that some research shows the presence of the coronavirus in fecal matter, which suggests that exposure to CSOs might be particularly dangerous at this time.
 
Distancing guidelines and disinfection processes will be posted on our facilities and must be strictly followed.  Paddlers who do not follow these protocols risk losing paddling privileges. 
 
We look forward to the reopening of the City, and resumption of our regular programming including public paddling and member trips.  Until this becomes possible, we think it’s important that our volunteers (and that is one of the requirements of OP status) who work to run and organize trips for members and the public, are able to maintain their safety/rescue skills and stay active on the water.  In the meantime, the organization will continue to offer online programs, such as our Book Club and Nautical Crafts. We hope to expand these virtual gatherings in the near future.
 
We promise to update this policy as the pandemic and our ability to offer safe recreation and access to the open space of the waterways evolves.