JANUARY 15, 2021 — While the coronavirus has disrupted many of FGPC’s traditional programs, new COVID-compliant “Extraordinary Access” programs have been developed for paddlers, gym-goers and community members.
(FGPC has published its decision-making matrix for proceeding or cancelling programs and events; decision timelines are available HERE.)
FGPC’s “Extraordinary Access” program is running smoothly and facility staff maintain robust, respectful and effective mitigation and distancing measures for solo water and dock access. New and existing FGPC members who enrol in Extraordinary Access programs can reserve up to one solo session per day from 8 a.m. through 7 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekends. Four individual small boat sessions are available each hour; private boat access is scheduled at 2-hour rotations. These sessions can be pre-booked up to one week in advance. Public access, drop ins and visitors are not permitted at this time, although community members are welcome to join our club to participate in our Extraordinary Access programs. Members booking water sessions are required to bring their own PFDs (members without PFDs can purchase one at a discount through the club) and will be provided with a VHF radio and safety bag.
PERSONAL FITNESS/WATERFRONT FITNESS CENTRE: For our members at home, please enjoy complimentary in-home exercise routines HERE.
The Waterfront Fitness Centre is currently open to existing members by reservation. There are also livestream classes for members and drop-ins as well as opportunities for online personal training.
Those interested in joining Waterfront Fitness as a member can place yourself on the waitlist HERE.
A GENERAL MESSAGE TO FGPC PADDLERS AND WATERFRONT FITNESS MEMBERS
Health and safety are FGPC’s top priorities. Each of us is encouraged to practice mitigating behaviours, wherever we may be (at home, in transit, at work and outdoors):
- W = wash your hands and equipment
- A = avoid touching your face and each other
- S = stay away from people if you feel sick
- H = heed the advice of authorities; avoid hearsay
As a club, we are developing and adapting new strategies in this global health crisis. Have confidence in yourselves to do what’s right as fellow islanders and Canadians; and have confidence that FGPC is working behind the scenes to develop and adapt protocols for safe, healthy and fitness-focussed programming when the time comes to regroup after the weeks ahead.
Please subscribe to FGPC’s daily alert system (AVAILABLE HERE), which will indicate when programs and facilities resume, either in modified form or full resumption. During periods when we announce that we’re open and operational, know that FGPC staff, coaches and trainers — in conjunction with policy set out by regional and national health authorities — are confident that the benefits of physical activity outweigh the risks of social and physical isolation. Stay tuned, and stay fit.
FGPC has numerous programs and events scheduled over 2021. In light of COVID-19, we have established consistent steps for decision-making, timelines and options relating to all of our programs and events over the spring and summer months. This decision-making matrix will provide our paddlers, parents, fitness members, teams, visitors and guests with as much certainty as we can provide. For more information, click HERE.
On behalf of the staff, board,
coaches, trainers and volunteers
of FGPC and Waterfront Fitness
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- World Health Organization
Click below for links to local developments (e.g. Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island)
- Victoria News – COVID-19 section (online aggregate of community newspapers)
Click below for relevant links to thoughtful people who read before they write
- Gates Notes – The Blog of Bill Gates
- Dr Larry Brilliant – “What’s Coming” (Interview with WIRED Magazine)
The BC Provincial Health Officer released specific advice and recommendations for recreational facilities on 13 March. FGPC’s docks and fitness facility exceed mitigation measures as established by the province in all areas of our operation.