I thought I’d share this latest update from the Scottish Canoe Association tonight.

As we know there is now a different route that each of the four UK countries is taking to slowly come out of lockdown. We are all desperate to get out on Scottish waters, get paddling activities happening again, and our outdoor businesses open to take bookings, but no one wishes this over risking more people falling ill or costing lives.

Today again I participated in a conference call hosted by Andy & Lara from the Scottish Canoe Association, along with nearly fifty freelance coaches, paddlesports providers, outdoor centre managers, and paddlesports retailers. Everyone has their current burdens and stresses created by this situation, however, it’s always good to know we are not alone and able to share our knowledge and best practice.

Positive discussions were had, and Explore Highland is currently developing its own procedures so all is in place once phased return of 1/ activities and 2/ travel is announced.

It’s pretty clear that guided group paddling activities are not likely to be happening am afraid any time in May/ early June, considering the plans that have been announced and currently being put in place for England last night (Sunday 10th May) and refined today.

March to June accounts for half of our main tourism/outdoor season. Fingers crossed by the end of May, we will not only see what happens with England but also be aware of how Scotland’s tourism and outdoor industries are to emerge this worldwide pandemic.

Again, I’d like to personally thank all my booked & future clients for their continued patience and support. Until our industry gets the thumbs up from the Scottish Government to resume safe delivery, I am afraid it is pointless trying to rebook all postponed activities. Once we know, you’ll know as we’ll be in touch!


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