West Virginia Wildwater Association- we’ve had a couple of zoom meetings. We never shut down the message board but did cancel all club events- beginner and intermediate clinics, including taking the National Youth Science Campers on a whitewater kayaking trip (the whole camp was canceled). We also canceled a number of club trips- upper new, yough etc.
Many of the members are still actively paddling, I’ve been helping some newer paddlers with some basic instruction but just one or two at a time and keeping the same shuttle partners. The biggest frustration has been for out of state members coming to wv and looking for a shuttle- most of the more local membership has already established their own shuttle pods and don’t respond to posts “I’m coming on the weekend of the 4th …looking to paddle, camp, and shuttle with others” type of posts. Folks have been good about wearing masks and rolling down windows on shuttles. Social distancing kind of goes out the window when folks are swimming and assistance is required. Another concern is roll instruction where close proximity is required.
Something we need to do more of is providing more tips about paddling with covid and the status of local campgrounds (open/closed) on our forum.
Most of the membership is communicating via phone or text and setting up small private trips. It is kind of funny when we bump into each other at access points or on the river. We don’t really mind paddling with each other but there is a concern about shuttling.
I’ve used this time to update a number of comments (shuttle routes, water levels, strainers) on specific rivers on the american whitewater site. Often the comments are old and sometimes not accurate.