MBRSC COVID-19 Guidelines and FAQ

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, USSailing, etc) guidelines.  Specifically, Seattle Parks and Recreation COVID guidelines, which has the greatest impact on Small Craft operations, is 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 us at mount.baker@seattle.gov if you have any questions or concerns.

Program Equipment:

  • Currently, all equipment is available for program use, including 8+’s, 4+’s and double-handed sailboats
  • 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 handed boats (single sculls, SUPs, Optis, Lasers, etc) must be removed due to the risk of unexpected immersion.
    • Masks in double handed boats or larger may remain on in accordance with WA State guidelines.  The risk of unexpected immersion is much lower in these craft.
  • 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
    • Locker rooms
    • Staff room
  • The following areas will be open to participants only during class times
    • Boat storage areas (sailhouse, shellhouse, and south bay fitness area)
    • Small and large meeting rooms
  • 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. In 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 MBRSC.org.
  • 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 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.


  • 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.
  • The water bottle filling station outside the shellhouse will not be available for use. We encourage participants to fill water bottles at home and bring more than one water bottle if necessary.

Team Travel:

  • Seattle Parks guidelines do not allow for youth team travel outside the Greater Seattle Area defined as 25 miles outside the city limits.  This policy currently applies to Fall only, and it will be reviewed prior to the Spring 2022 competitive season.
  • Adult programs are not affected by the City’s youth travel policy, so adult teams may compete outside the area

Frequently Asked Questions:

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 who’s 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.

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

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 QuickCard 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.