Events > 2021 > October > Fall Membership Paddle & Officer Elections - Sunday, October 10, 2021

About this event:

Created by Carol Reiser

Chattahoochee River, Metro Atlanta

Come out to the Membership/Officer Election paddle on Sunday October 10, 2021 at 12:00 pm. We will be in front of the NOC Outfitter Pavilion at Powers Island with pizza and soft drinks. PLEASE SIGN UP SO WE KNOW HOW MUCH PIZZA TO PROVIDE!

We will eat pizza and socialize at a safe distance due to the continuation of COVID-19, have a brief club meeting to elect officers and get member feedback, and then we will paddle the Metro Chattahoochee together. This is your opportunity to meet your new and continuing board members and let us know how we can serve you better in order to make the club the best that it can be!

Canoes, kayaks, and SUPs are welcome! If you are a newer paddler or looking to meet other experienced paddlers, this is an active and great club to be a part of. Many of our members paddle year round with appropriate winter gear.

Depending on the water level, the Metro Chattahoochee is an easy class I/II run of about 2.5 miles. Spray skirts are required for closed kayaks helmets and PFDs are required for all craft.  With a few easy but wide rapids, there are many places to work on skills and play. Dress for cooler temperatures, the water will be cool.

We will put in at Power’s Island, the take out is the Paces Mill Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA). Entrance to the take out is just below the BP gas station located at 3340 Cobb Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339.

A $5.00 entrance/parking fee is required for daily use at parking lots in the CRNRA or you can use a national park pass.

COVID-19 STATEMENT:

During these uncertain times, the GCA is working to balance the organization’s mission to provide training and group paddling opportunities with the risk posed by Covid-19. The coronavirus threat and the ultimate impact on society and the sporting community is still unknown at this time. The situation is fluid with new information being released almost hourly regarding the progression of the COVID-19 outbreak and the recommended guidance for group activities from Federal, state, and local authorities.

GCA is scheduling its normal events but may cancel or postpone upcoming events as needed in accordance with the latest official guidelines and local or state restrictions. Even if conditions permit GCA to proceed with an event as scheduled, there is no possible way to eliminate all risk associated with Covid-19 and other infectious diseases. Covid-19 is a special concern due to the potential for disease transmission by people infected by the virus who are not exhibiting any symptoms of the disease. No amount of screening can completely eliminate this risk.

Each member or participant must take personal responsibility to assess his/her risk based on medical history, age, or other relevant factors. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Individuals who fall into these categories are encouraged to avoid any GCA activities that will involve larger groups or to avoid GCA activities entirely until there is a vaccine or other effective protection against virus transmission.

GCA expects that all persons who attend any event will follow all applicable laws regarding social distancing, masks, and travel. Prior to attending any event, each person should review state and local guidance related to Covid-19 for the area in which the event is being held. Any person who has recently exhibited symptoms of Covid-19 or come in contact with anyone who tested positive for Covid-19 should not participate in any GCA event. Individuals who participate in any event will be expected to follow hygiene and social distancing guidelines, including regular hand washing and/or use of hand sanitizer, use of masks when on land (i.e. before and after paddling), allowing distance with other paddlers during put in and take out and while maneuvering on the river, and coordinating shuttles so as to minimize the number of individuals in a single vehicle. Participants should not share equipment. Finally, GCA asks that you avoid any river or activity that is above your existing skill level, so as to minimize the need for hands-on river rescues.