Distance Differently

Picture of the tip of a kayak facing into the sunset
Paddlers have distancing figured out

By Ann Papenfuss Wing

I’m not a fan of the term “social distancing” because we are not being asked to give up our social connections. With our new reality of endless video meetings and Zoom happy hours and streaming events, the hope is that we are not social distancing–we are physical distancing.

As much as the internet is able to bring all of us together, I still miss physical closeness. The grounding of a friend’s hug. The vibration I feel in a room when everyone laughs at a joke. The firmness of a handshake as I meet a business associate for the first time.

With the barrage of electronic connections, I find myself craving the physical connections I find in nature. And as the temperatures rise, I am especially drawn to water. Our friends at Aquaglide understand and so they have developed the Distance Differently campaign, encouraging people to use the physical distance inherent in paddling to enjoy the great outdoors.

Here are some suggestions for paddling responsibly in this time of physical distancing:

  1. Paddle in small groups. (I’m not a fan of paddling solo, for safety reasons.)
  2. Wear a PFD.
  3. Seek quiet, secluded paddling spots that match your paddling skills.
  4. Maintain distance, in and out of the water.
  5. Have a plan and be prepared for all types of weather.
  6. Stay close to home.
  7. Have fun.

By the way, if a kayak or paddle board has been on your wish list, you are in luck: we can ship our inflatables right to your door. And you will be amazed at how advanced the inflatable kayaks and paddle boards have become. Shop for them here.

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