Staying Active in Isolation

As more extreme measures are being announced to minimise the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Australians are encouraged more than ever to remain at home in isolation. This is proving especially difficult for our paddling community who spend a great deal of time each week on the water, whether it’s for training or recreation.

Advice from Paddle Australia and the Australian Government is that it is currently safe to paddle outdoors by yourself. Paddling in groups is no longer allowed unless it is with someone that you reside with.

  • Paddlers must remain at least 1.5m away from each other (washriding is not advised)
  • Team boat use is not allowed under any circumstance (including K2, S2, K3, K4, C2, Dragon Boats, OC2, OC6, all other tandem-watercraft)
  • Communal club equipment should only be used if thoroughly washed and sanitised, before and after each use
  • Use of club facilities (toilets, changerooms, boatsheds) should be kept to a minimum, users must obey the 4m^2 rule
  • Club gym’s and ergometers should not be used under any circumstance

It is advised that paddlers remove their craft from club boatsheds and store them at home. If you wish to paddle, bring your craft from home and either get changed at home or by your car. Limiting the use of public or club facilities as much as possible will help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

You Can Still Train At Home

If you are in isolation or are finding it difficult to go out paddling, there are still a number of things you can do to stay active without leaving the house. Below are a range of infographics, exercises, links and videos to help inspire us in these confusing times. No matter how effective, silly, impractical or hilarious it is, show us what your unique training methods are so we can add it below!

Kayak Drills and Gym Exercises – YouTube playlist by Wash Rider, includes:

  • Gym with Paddle Australia’s Sprint Athletes (inc. WA paddlers Jaime Roberts & Steve Bird)
  • Home Workout for Kayakers with Petter Menning (K1 200m World & European Champion)
  • Kayak Core Stability and Rotation Training with René Olsen (British Canoeing Sprint Coach)
  • Sprint Kayak Masterclass with Saúl Craviotto (2x Olympic Gold, 1x Olympic Silver, 1x Olympic Bronze) – watch with English subtitles
  • Kayak Strength Training & Endurance Strength Training with René Olsen
  • Speed & Explosive Power Training with Petter Menning & Erik Svensson
  • Kayak Balance Training
  • Using an Ergo
  • GB Canoeing 2011 Racing Season
  • Various videos on kayak technique and drills

Build Your Own Paddle/Kayak Ergometer – Youtube, D.I.Y Paddle Ergometers

Bodyweight Workout for Beginners: 20-Minute At Home Routine – Nerd Fitness

Outdoor Training Guidelines

How to stay active while you’re at home

by Pr. Stuart Phillips – YLM Sport Science


Here’s some entertainment to get you through your isolation!

Preparing for the Olympics 2021! 🛶 💪🏼
Cred: Frédérique Merle

When there’s a pandemic but it’s chest day 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼
Cred: @bradleymartyn

When you are quarantined, but really want to train 🛶 🛶 🛶 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼
Cred: @fontifontanaa @privado_do_nando

Paddle at home, with #KayakPro® and #Kinomap, paddle with your friends, interconnected, and totally immersive.
You are the player in over 45 Fully interactive videos.
Check it out here!…/kayak-genesis-port-smart-console/

The coronavirus can’t stop us! 🛶 💪🏼
Great home training ideas from @le_double_t and @diego_062002