I know last year was weird year what with covid and pool issues, but I had a great paddling year. Once we worked thru the details, paddling with it’s natural social distancing was a saving grace for me. All the cancelled releases in the spring were a bummer, but most were rescheduled to summer and early fall when paddling is a lot more pleasant. So thanks to the many people i paddled with and the few people i shuttled with.
I know hope everyone had as good a paddling season. I know some of you chose to paddle with your ‘pod’ or not do club trips to control the situation more. Hope we can get you back with the club!
I’m excited to be once again taking the reigns as President of KCCNY.
My goals for the coming year.
Making it easier run a KCCNY trip.
To this end, the board has already approved that we will follow our insurance provider’s (the ACA’s) guidelines on helmets and life jackets, so helmets will no longer be required below class 2 (opening up easier river, lake and open water trips though leaders can and should require helmets) and allowing inflatable life jackets for below class 1. Hopefully more of us will post our more recreational trips.
Making it easier to coordinate.
Accepting ACA online waivers (which will require that use of the same email address for us and the ACA).
Also: We’re working on bringing back training and pool sessions safely in what will hopefully be a post pandemic world.
Continue with a Zoom alternate for meetings even when we can meet in person again.
An additional thanks goes out to the generous charitable contributions of our members that has allowed KCCNY to donate to American Whitewater, the Mongaup EMTs, and the American Rivers this year. I’ve heard back from American Rivers where we are now an official River ambassador and soon to be added to https://www.americanrivers.org/make-an-impact/partner-with-us/river-ambassadors/ .
Looking forward to seeing you on the river (or on Zoom) soon!