Return-to-sport guidelines for CORA clubs and paddlers under COVID mitigation in Canada

(5 JUNE 2020) CORA clubs and paddlers are responsible participants in public health. CORA has compiled guidance from provincial, regional and local public health officers and health authorities to assist member clubs and paddlers to develop return-to-sport plans for clubs and paddlers whose communities have moved into “phase 2” COVID-mitigation environments. Provided that local authorities permit paddling activities within their phase 2 measures, CORA clubs are urged to draw from these mitigation resources and guidelines to develop their own access-to-sport strategies and communicate them to their paddlers. 

At this time, with accountable measures in place, many outrigger paddlers in communities under phase 2 mitigation protocols can enjoy rewarding solo (OC1) recreational activity on the water. For detailed information, please review CORA’s consolidated COVID resources and guidelines, available HERE

2020 Sprints Cancelled by IVF, 2021 Distance Selection starts NOW

CORA STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19 – UPDATE (revised 20 July 2020)

On 16 March 2020 the British Columbia Provincial Health Officer announced an advisory prohibiting public gatherings of 50 or more people. While we continue to defer to our member clubs in making decisions regarding their operations and events, this new prohibition applies to all near-term CORA-sanctioned races.
Near term events that have been cancelled or postponed include:
  • Crazy 8s (NOPC) 14-15 March 2020
  • March Madness (FCRCC) 21 March 2020
  • Wake Up The Gorge (VCKC) 4-5 April 2020
  • River Run (FLCC) 18-19 April 2020
  • National Sprints (VYPC) 25-26 April 2020
  • Brotchie Reach (FGPC) 2-3 May, 2020
  • SwitchBlade Multi-Paddle-Sport Relay (VCKC) 9 May 2020
  • Duel In The Desert (PRCC) 9-10 May 2020
  • D’Arcy Island Cash Dash (L48) 16 May, 2020
  • Jericho Iron (JPC) 23 May 2020
  • Island Iron (ORPC) 30-31 May 2020
  • Kelowna Waterman Paddle Fest (KPC) 21 June 2020
    (moved to September)
  • VOS Chasedown 27 June 2020
  • Lotus Iron (Lotus) 4 July 2020
  • Around Bowen Island Relay (FCRCC) 18 July 2020
  • Echo Island Challenge (FVPC) 8-9 August 2020
  • Lotus Poker Paddle (Lotus) 19 September 2020
We will keep our members apprised of race schedule changes as they emerge, and in the context of event prohibitions as they evolve over the coming weeks.
Changes to CORA Cup Series for 2020

Given the abundance of race cancellations and the anticipated timeline of COVID-19 related restrictions, the requirements for 2020 CORA Cup qualification will be further revised and will be determined at a future date.

We will  endeavour to reschedule races as soon as practicable once restrictions have been lifted.

Also, Island Changes on Sproat Lake may be resurrected for Summer 2020, stay tuned.

Club / Facility closures:
As of 23 March 2020, the following clubs and facilities have suspended operations. Confirmation of service resumption dates will be communicated to members as they become known:
Vancouver
  • Dragon Zone Paddling Club
  • False Creek Racing Canoe Club
  • Fort Langley Canoe Club
  • Fraser Valley Paddling Club
  • Jericho Paddling Club
  • Lotus Sports Club
  • Vancouver Ocean Sports
Vancouver Island
  • Fairway Gorge Paddling Club
  • VI Paddling Club
  • Victoria Canoe Kayak Club
  • Victoria Youth Paddling Club
Okanagan / Interior
  • Penticton Racing Canoe Club
We expect significant ongoing impacts to our member clubs’ operations, and additional postponements and cancellations of races as we work to curtail the community spread of COVID-19.

Please watch the CORA Race Schedule for race updates, and visit our website regularly for announcements. These dramatic changes — vital preventive measures over the near term — amount to our collective investment in the best outcomes for Canadians, and for our neighbours  around the world.