COVID-19

COVID-19 Guidance as of September 1, 2021

The Olympia Area Rowing (OAR) COVID-19 Task Force met on August 22 to establish COVID-19 protocols for the fall rowing season.
At least two characteristics of COVID-19 in Washington State and Thurston County contribute to our thinking.

  • There is an unprecedented increase in COVID-19 cases in Thurston County. In May 2021 (the previous high-water mark) the county had 457 the cases per week; the cases per week have increased to 724 (August 2) and 723 (August 9).
  • The State Department of Labor and Industries requires that as an employer OAR must document vaccination status for all employees.

In an effort to offer safe rowing experiences and to provide clear and consistent guidance, the OAR COVID-19 Task Force adopts the following protocols, to begin September 1, 2021.

Vaccination

All athletes and coaches in coached programs must be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021.
Except for the exceptions (below) persons participating in coached programs who are not fully vaccinated by this date may not use OAR facilities or equipment. By October 18, 2021, all athletes and coaches must upload to iCrew a photocopy of their CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card.

Adult rowers who are not vaccinated may row singles only, may not participate in coached
programs, and should choose launching and recovery times when few other rowers are using the OAR facilities.

The following exceptions apply:

  • Youth rowers who are not vaccinated may row in singles. Two youth may row a “double bubble.” A “double bubble” could include a vaccinated rower and an unvaccinated rower. Youth rowers would be exclusive to that boat and would row a 1x should their boatmate not attend a practice. Documented permission must be granted by both families. If an unvaccinated rower wants to move into a vaccinated team boat, the rower would: (a) wait 2 weeks before joining a team boat or (b) submit a negative COVID test to the coaching staff taken within the previous 48 hours. In an ongoing situation, a negative Covid test would be required weekly. Again, documented permission would need to be granted by all families involved in the team boat. All COVID tests are the financial responsibility of the rower.

Masks/Facial Coverings

All persons must wear facial coverings while on land. This includes inside the boathouse, on the apron in front of the boathouse and carrying boats and other equipment to the docks. While this protocol exceeds the WIAA and USRowing guidance, we’re working to a level of safety that we believe is necessary to protect everyone involved. Masks are not required when athletes or coaches are on the water.

Regattas and Events

Everyone over 12 years of age attending OAR regattas or events must also be vaccinated or have a negative Covid test taken within the previous 48 hours. This will be on the honor system. However, if the event is a US Rowing sanctioned event, all attendees or volunteers must follow US Rowing rules in effect at the time.

If you have questions regarding OAR’s COVID-19 response, please contact one of the members of the COVID-19 Task Force:

  • Richard Ramsey, OAR COVID-19 Task Force Lead and At-Large Board Member
  • Kate Hebdon, OAR Director of Rowing
  • Kathryn Reith, OAR Youth and Masters Coach
  • Rick Peterson, OAR Captain
  • Dr. Jim Kruidenier, OAR COVID-19 Task Force
  • David Hansen, At-Large Board Member

COVID-19 Boathouse Reopening Update – July 8, 2020

We have moved to Step 2 of our Phased Reopening Plan with limited coached sessions for current adult and youth members of our club, following the protocols outlined below.

For coached programs, Nate Stenchever has produced an instructional video “The COVID Protocols”  to augment our written Procedures (Youth’s version or Master’s version). Please note that while this video is amazingly helpful for getting a feel for how procedures flow, the written procedures contain additional details and should be seen as the authoritative, detailed version. We have also further refined the latest version of our Coach Protocols, Youth Safety Monitor Procedures, and Adult (uncoached) Safety Monitor Procedures . We encourage all members to continue to review the procedures and protocols to ensure that they have the most up-to-date information.

Health and safety of our members and our community continues to be our number one priority and member adherence to OAR’s strict safety protocol has been noticed and appreciated by the local boating community. Well done and thank you!


COVID-19 Boathouse Reopening Update – June 1, 2020

In addition to adult members being cleared to use Private and Club singles, we have moved to Step 1.3 of our Phased Re-opening Plan with limited sessions for current adult and youth members of the club accompanied by a safety launch, following the protocols outlined below. 

We plan to offer coached sessions for new (novice) adults and youths later this summer – please stay tuned for more news soon on likely dates.

Before coming to the boathouse for the first time:

  • Complete the new, online COVID-19 Contract and Waiver (Junior’s version or Master’s version). This details your responsibilities as a rower privileged to be able to row at this time!
  • Review and follow our new Procedures (Junior’s version or Master’s version). These are significantly different from pre-COVID-19 procedures.  For Juniors, a trained Safety Monitor in addition to your safety launch driver will be present at the boathouse to help guide you through the new boathouse flow, equipment location, disinfecting protocols, and physical distancing. For Masters, the safety launch driver will act as the Safety Monitor.
  • Junior athletes will need to complete a virtual on-boarding zoom session before their first outing – times and dates for which will be communicated to you via email.

Before you come to the boathouse (every time):

    • Check your launch window on the 2020 sign-up sheet (located under the Members login) and ensure that you are timely (not late or early). To comply with USRowing and the State of Washington requirements, we must limit the number of people at the boathouse and on the docks at any one time.
    • Take your temperature and refer to our Pre-Outing Home Checklist
    • Remember to bring your mask, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, towel, filled water bottle, life jacket, and a watch to wear on the water.

Stay home if you (or a household member) have:

    • Been out of the geographic area in the last 14 days, or have traveled by plane.
    • Tested positive for COVID-19 (and you do not yet have a doctor’s note that you can return to rowing).
    • Been exposed to a person who has been sick and/or diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
    • Any symptoms of COVID-19.

Please notify Dr. Jim Kruidenier (OAR COVID-19 Boathouse Site Supervisor and OAR Vice President, jkruid@comcast.net, (360) 789-6489) if you were physically at the boathouse in the last 14 days and have been exposed to a person who has been sick and/or diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days or if you have tested positive for COVID-19. 

In the event that a member who has been rowing contracts COVID-19, the boathouse will be immediately closed pending cleaning and contact tracing of potentially exposed individuals.

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If you have any questions regarding OAR’s COVID-19 response, please contact:
Richard Hull, PhD, OAR COVID-19 Task Force Lead and Head Coach.
Dr. Jim Kruidenier, OAR COVID-19 Boathouse Site Supervisor and Safety Monitor Trainer and OAR Vice President
Kathryn Reith, OAR Masters Lead Coach and COVID-19 Protocol Development

COVID-19 Safety Protocol – May 26, 2020

Currently, adult members following the protocol outlined below are cleared to use Private and Club singles.

We plan to offer coached sessions for adults and youths later this summer – please stay tuned for more news soon on likely dates.

Boat reservations and waivers are required; please read the protocol below for details on how to safely get back on the water.

Before coming to the boathouse for the first time:

  • Complete the new, online COVID-19 Contract and Waiver. This details your responsibilities as a rower privileged to be able to row at this time!
  • Review and follow our new Procedures. These are significantly different from pre-COVID-19 procedures. A trained Safety Monitor will be present at the boathouse to help guide you through the new boathouse flow, equipment location, disinfecting protocols, and physical distancing. If you have any questions, please contact Kathryn Reith.

Every time you plan to come to the boathouse:

  • Use the 2020 Masters Sign-up Sheet (located under the Members login) to sign up for a time to row. To comply with USRowing and the State of Washington requirements, we must limit the number of people at the boathouse and on the docks at any one time. Your signup time will include a launch and landing window. A trained Safety Monitor must be present at the time of your row.

Before you come to the boathouse:

  • Take your temperature and refer to our Pre-Outing Home Checklist
  • Remember to bring your mask, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, towel, filled water bottle, life jacket, and a watch to wear on the water.

Stay home if you (or a household member) have:

  • Been out of the geographic area in the last 14 days, or have traveled by plane.
  • Tested positive for COVID-19 (and you do not yet have a doctor’s note that you can return to rowing).
  • Been exposed to a person who has been sick and/or diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • Any symptoms of COVID-19.

Please notify Dr. Jim Kruidenier (OAR COVID-19 Boathouse Site Supervisor and OAR Vice President, jkruid@comcast.net, (360) 789-6489) if you were physically at the boathouse in the last 14 days and have been exposed to a person who has been sick and/or diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days or if you have tested positive for COVID-19.

In the event that a member who has been rowing contracts COVID-19, the boathouse will be immediately closed pending cleaning and contact tracing of potentially exposed individuals.
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If you have any questions regarding OAR’s COVID-19 response, please contact:
Richard Hull, PhD, OAR COVID-19 Task Force Lead and Head Coach.
Dr. Jim Kruidenier, OAR COVID-19 Boathouse Site Supervisor and Safety Monitor Trainer and OAR Vice President
Kathryn Reith, OAR Masters Lead Coach and COVID-19 Protocol Development