Let us back on the water, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing etc

That paddling, (family or solo) sailing or wind/surfing are all easy sports to do at a safe distance from each other. Essential for the wellbeing and fitness of lots of their participants and ideal exercise in this glorious lockdown weather. If there is limited risk then lets co-create guidelines that allow us out safely.

Why the contribution is important

We need to stay busy and feel well These are activities that seem to pose limited (or no) transmission risk. If there is no risk then why should we not be doing them?

by jeniandtim on May 11, 2020 at 08:39AM

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  • Posted by KMR May 11, 2020 at 09:17

    Lots of what is said makes sense. Only issue might be the non-essential travel?
  • Posted by Dave_H May 11, 2020 at 09:20

    I fully agree. There are a huge number of suggestions on this discussion calling for a whole host of outdoor activities that pose no risk of spreading the virus to be allowed. Allowing these activities very soon, will make the lockdown more bearable for many and improve the mental health of the people. It will show this discussion has been listened to and we are being treated as grown up. The people will respect that and respect the other restrictions that remain in place. If there is no rapid easing of outdoor activities then people will see that as ignoring this consultation and keeping rules in place for no valid scientific reason. That would likely make people miss trust the SG and flout the rules they perceive to have no valid reason.
  • Posted by nethymc1 May 11, 2020 at 09:45

    Agree completely with proposal. Activities as a family/dwelling group (or those that are safely carried out individually) should not be needlessly limited. Watersports such as kayaking/canoeing/sailing and surfing have there own natural social distancing already built-in. It is a much greater separation than that can be found on our streets, outside our homes, or in the local parks. People are driving to hardware stores and supermarkets because they are bored and feel able to get away with considering the travel as' essential'. Its become an excuse and we need to accept that responsible travel will need to start happening for other activities. These core outdoor activities are great for people's mental well being and should be encouraged with a responsible message.
  • Posted by GCMC May 11, 2020 at 09:48

    If you get into trouble whilst on the water will you expect RNL or Coast Guard to come and rescue you putting the rescuer at risk from Covid19 from you Or are you prepared to agree they leave you to save yourself
  • Posted by Ace May 11, 2020 at 12:41

    Everything in life carries an element of risk. At some point we have to elevate ourselves out of the paranoia about undertaking activities. Outdoor activity providers need to go back to work and it is far safer to be outdoors in the fresh air exercise using than staying at home and worrying about the what ifs. I have friends in the lifeboat service and they have no issues with going out on the boat to rescue someone if it is needed. The biggest risk to society is people driving their cars. The biggest risk to society is not covid 19 it's the health issues that people are going to have because of the process of dealing with the potential of getting it. The potential is what is going to over whelm the health service in the future. Health and wellbeing in whatever form that comes in will alleviate this future potential burden.
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