COVID-19 Guidelines and FAQ - Updated 6/11/21

The COVID-19 safety protocols adopted at both Seattle Parks and Recreation Small Craft sites (Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing and Green Lake Small Craft Center) are designed to meet the COVID protocols of local, state, and National Governing Body (USRowing) guidelines.  Specifically, Seattle Parks and Recreation COVID guidelines, which has the greatest impact on Small Craft operations, are developed by the City of Seattle in conjunction with King County Public Health and the State of Washington.  Our safety protocols are conservative by design and in some cases are more restrictive than the safety protocols that exist at other facilities in the area.

As we proceed through the pandemic, local infection rates, vaccination rates, and the latest science will continue to dictate the most prudent approach to safety.  We will continue to adapt our policies as Seattle Parks and Recreation guidelines allow so we can get back to normal as soon as possible.

Hopefully the following information will help you understand more about our COVID guidelines.

As always, please feel free to reach out to Tami Oki  if you have any questions or concerns.

Program Equipment:

  • Single or double person occupancy water craft (single or double sculls, and pairs) will be used in small craft programming.
  • Equipment will be disinfected between each session.
  • When appropriate, equipment will be staged outside between sessions for quicker and more socially distanced access.

Social Distancing:

  • Masks must be worn at all times while on land at the facility, this includes both indoor and outdoor spaces. Disposable masks will be available if necessary.
  • Masks may be removed once participants and staff leave the dock.
    • Masks in single boats must be removed due to the risk of unexpected immersion.
    • Masks in double handed boats (double sculls, pairs, etc.) must remain on in accordance with WA State guidelines. 
  • 6’ distance should be maintained on land at all times
  • The following areas will be closed to participants and the public at all times:
    • Main office
    • Cubby room
    • Meeting room
  • The following areas will be open to participants only during class times
    • Aquatheater
    • Massart Shellhouse
  • Participants and staff are strongly encouraged to arrive shortly before their scheduled session and depart at their earliest convenience. We discourage group gatherings before and after sessions.
  • While social distancing is normal protocol, safety is our first priority. Emergency situations where staff may be called upon to physically assist a participant will be logged by staff for contact tracing purposes.  PPE including gloves and face shields will be available to staff on land and on the water for these instances.
  • No registrations or payments will be accepted on site, we strongly encourage participants to register online through Activenet or following links through the Green Lake Crew website. You can also call the GLSCC office 206-684-4074.
  • Risk & Release, COVID Release, and Medical Information (youth) forms will be handled electronically through Adobe Sign.


  • All staff and participants will be required to pass a daily screening upon arrival at the facility. This will include a brief questionnaire on the iCrew app and a no-touch thermometer check.
  • Records of those screened will be kept for 30 days to aid in contact tracing. Records will only include a pass or fail designation.
  • Anyone who fails a screening will be barred from the site for at least that day. The Seattle Parks and Recreation Site Safety Lead will communicate next steps to anyone that fails a screening.
  • All participants and staff will receive information on how to use the iCrew app, which GLC will be using to answer the following daily screening questions:

Do you have any of these symptoms that are not caused by another condition:’

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Recent onset of loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea


  • In addition to regular custodial service, common touch points will be sanitized periodically throughout the day by site staff.
  • All equipment used during a session will be sanitized afterward by site staff.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the facility for staff and participant use.
  • We encourage participants to fill water bottles at home and bring more than one water bottle if necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions:

I’ve been vaccinated, and I know many are vaccinated as well, can’t we take out a larger boat?

Currently, Seattle Parks and Recreation policy is not to inquire whether people have been vaccinated nor adapt programming specifically for vaccinated individuals.  For this reason, we cannot accommodate separate programming for those who are vaccinated.  We recognize that there is a substantial reluctance to row in singles, and that for some people singles are not a safe option.  While we know this policy limits the ability of many of our older participants to fully participate, we must abide by Seattle Parks and Recreation policy.

My Float Test has expired since March 2020 but swimming options are limited.  What can I do?

As always, safety is our primary concern, and the Float Test is an integral piece of our safety policies.  Anyone whose float test expired between March 13, 2020 and December 31, 2021 will have their float test extended to December 31, 2021.  This should accommodate most participants in our ongoing programs.  Those needing new float tests can arrange for them at either a pool or at a lifeguarded beach beginning in late June.

When will Junior Crew/Competitive Adult Rowing resume?

At this point we don’t see ongoing team activities resuming until we are cleared to row in multi-person water craft.  We know that these competitive opportunities provide a transformational experience for our participants and are an important piece of our long-term success as a facility.  We want to get back to the business of having fun while going fast too!  The timeline for these programs will depend on the Seattle Parks and Recreation safety protocols.

The CDC has said we can do “[fill in the blank]”, why aren’t we allowed to do that at Green Lake?

Seattle Parks and Recreation guidelines are developed locally with guidance from the State of Washington and King County Public Health and are conservative by design.

I don’t want to commit to a schedule, can I use a Row Card for drop-in sessions?

Currently, we cannot accommodate drop in participation in any of our classes due to COVID protocols and budget constraints.  Only participants who have registered for programs through our registration system will be allowed on the water.  We recognize that drop in programming is used by many of our participants to enjoy our programs in a more flexible manner, and we plan on resuming drop-in rowing, conditioning, and sailing sessions when that resource can be supported.