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SOCIAL DISTANCING FAQ

SOCIAL DISTANCING FAQ

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING

Q: What is social distancing?

A: Social distancing is the practice of purposefully reducing close contact between people. According to the CDC, social distancing means:

  • Remaining out of “congregate settings” as much as possible.
  • Avoiding mass gatherings.
  • Maintaining distance of about 6 feet from others when possible.

Q: Why is social distancing important?

A: Social distancing is crucial for preventing the spread of contagious illnesses such as COVID-19 (coronavirus). COVID-19 can spread through coughing, sneezing and close contact. By minimizing the amount of close contact we have with others, we reduce our chances of catching the virus and spreading it to our loved ones and within our community.  

Q: Who is social distancing important for?

A: Social distancing is important for all of us, but those of us who are at higher risk of serious complications caused by COVID-19 should be especially cautious about social distancing. People who are at high risk of complications include:

  • Older adults.
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.

Q: What is “flattening the curve”? What does it have to do with social distancing?

A: “Flattening the curve” refers to reducing the number of people who are sick at one time. If there are high surges in the number of COVID-19 cases all at once, health care systems and resources could potentially become overwhelmed. Efforts that help stop COVID-19 from spreading rapidly – like social distancing – help keep the number of people who are sick at one time as low as possible. 

Q: When should I start practicing social distancing?

A: The best time to begin social distancing is before an illness like COVID-19 becomes widespread throughout your community. Each community’s situation is unique, so it is important to follow the guidance of local government, health departments and health care providers.

The advice below is applicable if you are symptom-free and have reasonable confidence that you have not had exposure to COVID-19. Always follow the guidance of local government, health departments and your health care providers.

VISITING PUBLIC SPACES

Q: How can I practice social distancing in the workplace?

A: When possible, keeping about 6 feet of distance between yourself and others is key. It’s also important to practice other preventative measures such as washing hands, avoiding touching your face, coughing into your elbow and staying home if you feel sick. Depending on your job and your community’s situation, working from home may be an option. Always follow local guidance. 

Q: How can my child practice social distancing at school or at college?     

A: It’s important for people of all ages to follow preventative measures, including staying about 6 feet away from others, avoiding touching your face, washing your hands and coughing into your elbow. Many schools in the U.S. have postponed classes; it’s important to follow local guidance, as each community’s situation is unique.

Q: Should I be concerned about going to the grocery store?

A: In any place where large numbers of people gather, there is potential risk for disease transmission. When you visit the grocery store, keep about 6 feet between yourself and others and use prevention techniques like avoiding touching your face and washing your hands. If possible, visit the store at times when there are likely to be fewer people shopping.

Q: Should I take public transportation?

A: If you have the option, driving yourself, walking to work or working from home can help reduce the number of people who are using public transportation, which benefits you and your community. In any of these situations, it’s very important to keep distance between yourself and others in addition to practicing other preventative measures.  

Q: Should I stop visiting restaurants and bars?

 A: Avoiding public places as much as possible helps prevent diseases from spreading. If dining out is a non-essential activity, then it is generally in the best interest of you and your loved ones to avoid it. Always follow local guidance.

 Q: Can I still go to the gym?

 A: If you do go to the gym, wipe down and sanitize your equipment, keep distance between yourself and others, avoid touching other people and practice other preventative techniques. Alternatives could include exercising in your home or yard or walking through your neighborhood. Avoiding unnecessary visits to public spaces is important.

 Q: What about events and places where many people gather, such as concerts, festivals, sporting events and churches?

 A: Risk of disease transmission is much higher in large groups of people. Currently in North Carolina, meetings of over 100 people are prohibited in order to prevent COVID-19 from spreading rapidly. Avoiding these gatherings are generally in the best interest of protecting yourself, your loved ones and your community. Always follow local guidance.

MEETING WITH OTHERS

Q: Should I stop visiting my elderly relatives and friends? 

A: Older adults are at high risk of serious complications from COVID-19. Limiting their exposure as much as possible to those who may be sick or who may be carrying the disease is crucial. This is a great opportunity to try other methods of connecting, such as over the phone or through a video chat.

Q: What about social distancing with other people in my household?

A: Avoiding close contact within a household is almost impossible, and social distancing is mainly focused on large groups. However, if someone in your household is sick, it’s important to minimize close contact with them as much as is reasonable.

Q: Should I stop meeting up with 1 or 2 friends? Should I stop dating?

A: While meeting up with another person who also is symptom-free may be alright in some situations, keep in mind that risk of disease transmission is higher in public places. Now may be a good time to consider other methods of connecting with others, such as over the phone or through a video chat.

Q: Can I have a small group of my extended family and/or friends over to my house?

A: If possible, it’s best to postpone these kinds of gatherings and look for alternative ways to connect. Avoiding non-essential gatherings is important for preventing the spread of disease.

Q: Should my family and friends cancel big gathering events like weddings and birthday parties? 

A: While it’s difficult to postpone important events like these, it’s also very important to protect our loved ones – especially our loved ones who are most vulnerable. If possible, it may be best to postpone or alter your plans. Currently in North Carolina, meetings of over 100 people are prohibited in order to prevent COVID-19 from spreading rapidly. Always follow local guidance.

Q: If I’m avoiding in-person gatherings, how can I stay connected to others?

A: There are many ways you can connect with friends: phone calls, text messages, emails and video chats are all great virtual options. While physical social distancing is important for our health, so is social interaction – trying alternative ways to stay connected is a good way to take care of your emotional health.

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS

Q: How should I approach social distancing if I start to feel sick?

A: If you begin to experience symptoms, it’s important to stay home and distance yourself from others. The length of a typical quarantine period is 14 days. Always follow the guidance of your health care providers and local government.

Q: Can I have visitors while I am in quarantine?

A: Having visitors should be avoided as much as possible. Quarantining is an important way to protect your loved ones and community from picking up the disease; visitors are at high risk of catching the illness from you.

Q: Can I go outside in my yard if I am in quarantine?

A: Depending on where you live and your community’s situation, going outside and getting some fresh air in your yard may be safe. Always follow the guidance of your health care providers and local governme

2020 Sealand Sports Fashion Show

2020 Sealand Sports Fashion Show

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Right of way rules

Right of way rules

Right of way rules determine who has the "right of way" and who should "yield, or get out of the way" when passing.

A kiter on a starboard tack (right hand and shoulder forwards) has right of way.
A kiter on a port tack (left hand and shoulder forwards) must yield right of way (get out the way, pass downwind).

For two kiters on the same tack, the kiteboarder upwind must give way to the kitesurfer downwind.


While passing in opposite directions:

  • the upwind kiteboarder must fly their kite high,
  • the kiteboarder downwind must fly their kite low
  • In surf:
    Kiters leaving the shore (outgoing) have right of way over incoming riders.  
    Riders close to shore or negotiating broken water are more at risk, so they have the right of way
    Kiters riding on a wave have right of way over other riders, except for outgoing riders as above.
     
    How to get out of a RIP CURRENT

    How to get out of a RIP CURRENT

    If you should get caught in a rip current, don’t panic. Try to remember a few simple rules from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

    • Keep calm. Don’t fight the rip current.
    • To get out of the rip current, swim sideways, parallel to the beach. This will get you out of the rip current so you can swim back in with the waves helping you along.
    • When out of the rip current, swim at an angle away from the rip current and toward shore.
    • If you can’t escape this way, try to float or calmly tread water. Rip current strength eventually weakens offshore. When it does,swim away from the rip current toward shore.
    • If at any time you are unable to reach the shore, draw attention to yourself: face the shore, wave your arms, and yell for help.
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    5 Mistakes you don't want to make starting Paddleboarding

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    Paddle Board Tips

    Paddle Board Tips

    Paddle boards, canoes, and kayaks are vessels that offer people a range of calm to exhilarating fun on the water; are relatively easy to use; easy to move around; and you can launch them from shore.
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    Join in on the fun! Whether you paddle fast or paddle slow, paddle sports are growing according to the “2016 Outdoor Recreation Participation Topline Report” from the Outdoor Foundation who say, nearly half of all Americans – 48.4% – participated in at least one outdoor activity in 2015. That equates to 142.4 million participants, who went on a collective 11.7 billion outdoor outings. While the actual number of outdoor participants increased by one million over the one-year period, the overall participation rate remained the same due to population increase.
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    With all that fun on the water comes a bit of safety to consider; according to the American Canoe Association, top causes of fatalities for paddle sports are: falling overboard, capsizing, and drowning.
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    Help keep paddling both fun + safe and refer to these to these safety tips when planning your next paddling adventure:
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    1. Wear A Life Jacket

    Be ready to capsize and swim sometimes when paddling; and for cold water immersion as cold water can lower core body temperature leading to: inability to move, hypothermia, and even drowning. Wearing a life jacket can prevent drowning. According to 2015 US Coast Guard Statistics on recreational boating, “Where cause of death was known, 76% of fatal boating accidents victims drowned. Of those drownings victims with reported life jacket usage, 85% were not wearing a life jacket.” In 2008, the U.S. Coast Guard determined that paddle boards are considered to be a vessel when used outside of a swimming, surfing, or a bathing area. Federal law requires children under 12 to wear a life Jacket aboard a vessel. Click here for more information.
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    2. Carry A Sound Producing Device

    If in trouble, you can blow a US Coast Guard approved whistle longer than you can yell for help.
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    3. File A Float Plan

    If you are going paddling for just a few hours, let someone know where you expect to be and when you expect to return. If you plan a longer adventure, leave a copy of a written float plan with your marina, yacht club, or friend. A float plan includes a description of your vessel, who is on board, a description of the safety equipment you are carrying, where you expect to be, and when you expect to be there. Instruct the person holding the float plan to notify the Coast Guard or other appropriate agency if you do not return within a reasonable time after your scheduled arrival (taking into account weather, etc.). When you arrive at your destination, or if your plans change, notify the person holding your float plan to avoid unnecessary worry and possible waste of search and rescue resources. Click here for more information.

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    4. Know Your Limits

    Can you recognize water, wind, weather conditions, or when you are tired? Are you dressed correctly for your paddle adventure? Make good choices before venturing out and paddle according to your own limits.
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    5. Get Education

    Boating education benefits skippers, passengers, and vessels alike, whatever your age. Knowledge about boating and paddle safety can reduce accidents, fatalities, and property damage. Check out this list of in-person and online sources of education today! Click here for more information.
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    6. Assess Conditions Continuously for Vessel Traffic, Water, and Weather

    Vessel traffic, operator skill, sun, tides, waves, wind, and temperatures can be more of a factor than one might think. Operate your vessel in a safe and responsible manner. Keep out of the way of motorboats; group paddlers best travel behind one another rather than abreast and possibly blocking the waterway. A beautiful morning on the water can quickly turn into a windy, stormy afternoon. This is why it is important to check the weather forecast before you head out on the water. You can check the marine forecast for your area as well as access the Weather Channel and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Forecasts page.
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    7. Vessel Safety Check

    A vessel safety check includes deck, hull, oar, paddle condition, and many of the items on this safety tips list; in addition to information about the owner or operator; mandatory requirements for boating safety equipment; equipment recommended when the boat is used in open water; and other recommendations.
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    8. Leash for Paddle Board

    For paddle boards there are different kinds of leashes for different water venues; additionally, a leash can keep your paddle board tethered to you and blowing away in the wind. 
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    9. Avoid Dehydration

    By the time you feel thirsty the dehydration process is already underway. Bring water and snacks. According to survivor instructor Cody Lundin, a person at rest needs about 6 cups of water daily while that same person can lose up to 16 cups (a gallon) in just one hour of heavy sweating!
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    10. Use Your Water Voice

    Sound carries across the water so when talking with other members of your group be mindful of the volume of your voice.
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    Find more information from Sea Tow Foundation by clicking this link www.boatingsafety.com/resources.

    What will I learn in a beginners kiteboarding class?

    What will I learn in a beginners kiteboarding class?

    A standard beginner’s course is broken down into three core elements:

    1. Flying a kite on land: launching, landing and kite control
    2. Flying a kite in the water: body dragging, control and re-launching
    3. Getting up and riding on a board
    Within these elements, you will also learn about:
    • Assessing an area for safe kiting conditions
    • Understanding the wind direction, strength and gusts
    • Understanding tides, currents and hazards
    • Choosing the right equipment for the conditions
    • Setting-up, tuning and packing down your equipment
    • Safety procedures and what to do in an emergency
    • Board-starts (getting up on the board)
    • Continuous riding and speed control
    • How to stay upwind
    • Rules and rights of way on the water
    Self Rescue when kiteboarding

    Self Rescue when kiteboarding

    Sometimes things get out of hand.  This situation can occur for example when: 
    • The wind picks up beyond your capacity to handle it with your kite, or 
    • Equipment failure - a broken pulley, line or kite.
    The following self rescue technique is the best way to keep yourself off the front page of the news.  If you kite long enough, you will need to know this!
    1. Depower: Get as much depower as possible. This will typically involve taking all the tension out of the back two steering lines. If applicable to your kite, throw the bar and release the kite to its safety line.
    2. Regain your bar: De-powering typically involves letting go of your bar or activating a de-power mechanism. You must swim up to the bar to regain it.
    3. Tidy up loose lines: To be sure that tension remains out of the rear lines, wind in the middle leading edge lines onto the bar.
    4. Secure your board (optional). Remove the board from your feet and secure it to your body to leave you free in the water. You can use your safety leash by detaching it then threading it through the board foot straps or handle and clipping it back to itself. Or you can carry another leash. This step could be done prior to step 1 depending upon personal preference.
    5. Regain your kite: Wind in all remaining lines onto your bar. In light winds you can wind them onto the bar as if you are packing up at the end of a session.  In stronger winds wrapping the lines around one bar end (rather than end to end) is the easiest as end to end wrapping can be very difficult in 30+ knot winds.   This will take you up to the kite.
    6. Ride the kite into shore. You can lift a wing tip and use it to "sail you" in the desired direction. You can also invert the kite and sit on the leading edge with your feet dangling over.
    7. If you can't get back to shore and you are on a surfboard. You can deflate the kite and bundle it up, rotate your harness hook out of the way (waist harness), then paddle the board in.
    If you are having trouble executing any of these steps, it may be time to bail out completely.  Keep in mind this is a last ditch option, as a kite flying or floating by itself is a recipe for trouble - injured bystanders and power line catastrophes can and do occur.
    • To bail out completely: Deploy the safety release on your safety leash to completely release the kite.  Swim in with your board and check for collateral damage.

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    Don't Kite in the Wrong Conditions!

    Don't Kite in the Wrong Conditions!

    Most of us after watching extreme mega loop videos, king of the air replays or clips of wave riders going down huge barreling waves might become tempted to search for those extreme conditions and ride in them. These pro athletes featured in these videos make it appear relatively safe and easy. We do occasionally witness those brutal, close call, crash videos that we tend to forget about relatively fast.

    Those 40 knots storm conditions or 8m tall swells might excite you though when those once in a lifetime “opportunities” cross your path you must take time to think twice. Going out in the wrong conditions can prove fatal. Becoming number one on the WOO Global Leaderboard must be done in as extremely controlled situations as possible and not simply “winged”. Same goes for larger swells and or a combination of strong wind and huge waves.

    Kiteboarding is extreme enough - don’t enter extreme conditions because you might enter a situation that is extremely dangerous.  Always check conditions and a good rule of thumb is "IF YOU DON'T SEE ANYONE ELSE OUT THERE, DON'T GO. THERE MIGHT BE A GOOD REASON"

    Examples of conditions to double think:

    • If the wind is offshore
    • 35+ knots
    • -5m+ Tall Waves
    • Waves with very shallow reef
    • Gusty and Unstable Stormy winds

    You should always check  your local wind/tide reports.  There are free options available such as IKITESURF or join a local facebook group like we have here Chucktown Wind Report