As the pandemic continues to surge, CADS wishes to remind everyone to remain focused on developing and implementing programs to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within their skiing and snowboarding environment.
As a community, we cannot be complacent on safety. We must all protect our students, our volunteers, our instructors and our friends, caregivers and family members along with the public around us.
Protecting Yourself and Others
Given the rate of transmission, the short incubation period and the high number of people who are getting ill, we urge everyone who plans to ski or snowboard this winter to activate all 7 key principles of protection available.
We also recommend all CADS programs and participants to:
- Put contingency plans in place to keep skiing and snowboarding when volunteers and instructors are off ill.
- Plan for the right instructors assignments with the right students once volunteer shortage occurs
- Recognize that cancelling a lesson is a possibility for lack of volunteers or lack of safety measure compliance
- Be diligent in following all safety measures within your CADS program and at your local ski & snowboard resort. Health and safety remain paramount!
7 Key Principles of protection
Based on the Canadian Public Health Agency Prevention and Risk management strategies, CADS recommends these 7 principles as strategies to mitigate transmission risks of COVID-19:
- Vaccinate: Follow the resort rules and the CADS National COVID-19 Vaccination policy (PDF will load in your reader application). Children Under 12 years old are exempt since vaccination availability is sporadic.
- Distance: Maintain distance and limit close contact except when absolutely necessary.
- Mask: Proper masks must be worn at all times because wearing a face mask has been one of the best ways that anyone can easily reduce their risk of catching or spreading COVID-19. A buff, a scarf or a thin cotton cloth layer is not considered a proper mask. Expect to wear masks in lift lines and when in close contact, especially when outdoors in a public setting with large crowds.
- Wash: Wash hands often.
- Clean: Clean and disinfect surfaces and equipment. Follow your club protocols.
- Outside: Follow size limits and guidelines for indoor and outdoor gatherings according to public health guidelines and resort policy.
- Home: Stay home, and isolate from others when you have any symptom of COVID-19, a COVID-19 diagnosis or awaiting COVID-19 test results. Quarantine if you have been exposed to someone who has or may have COVID-19.
Be Mindful of Social Contact
Lastly, adaptive skiing and snowboarding are obviously outdoor activities, but they also involve many indoor moments and close contact with others.
We urge everyone to be mindful and responsible for the well being of everyone in and outside of the CADS community.
Wishing everyone safe winter of skiing and snowboarding!
CADS National Office & The Mount Pakenham Adaptive Snow School Management Team