Rowing in the Time of COVID-19

We’re doing things a little differently now than we usually do. All members are now participating in a general single sculling pool, as opposed to being grouped by rower experience and competitive goals. Participants will get to try out a variety of singles and get individual coaching from our staff on the water. We’ve pooled our fleet of single sculls with Rose City Rowing Club and the clubs have a combined 57 singles to offer our members.

General Practice Guidelines

Until we are able to reinstitute group boat practices, all members will use the following guidelines:

  • Our boat yard and dock are located at 315 SE Ivon St, Portland, OR 97214
  • Arrive at the time you are scheduled and check in with a coach. Leave when you are done rowing and putting your equipment away — no loitering
  • There is generally plenty of on-street parking in the surrounding neighborhood. It is advised that you do not leave any valuables in your car. There is no space in the boatyard to keep personal items locked away and dry, so only bring what you need
  • Everyone in the boat yard must wear a mask at all times and maintain 6’ of distance between themselves and others. Once you are out on the water, you can remove your mask and put it back on before you dock
  • Members must assist and perform any equipment cleaning tasks as directed by the coaching staff 
  • Members must sign up to row using our boat booking system. When signing up, please note: 
    • Only sign up for Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced slots depending on your experience level. Consult with a coach to determine what level is a good fit for you.
    • At any given time, the schedule for the next 7 days is available for sign ups.
    • Only three active bookings are permitted at a time, with the following exception
    • Between the hours of 6-8pm, members may sign up for open slots for the next day.
    • Signing up is a commitment to row! Signing up prevents others from booking that spot, so if you will not be able to make it, take your name off the spreadsheet as soon as you can to allow someone else to sign up
  • Sign up to help out! We need carrying assistants on each shift to help us launch and land smoothly and efficiently, and confident scullers to help out with Learn to Row
    • Use this page to sign up to volunteer as a boat washer or as a LTR assistant (more details about that forthcoming)
    • Similar to signing up to row, if you sign up to volunteer we are counting on you! If something comes up and you cannot make it, ideally find a replacement or if it is very last minute, at least let our coaching staff know
  • Coaches will work with members to improve their sculling technique and communicate about moving up through the levels and into racing shells

Docking Manners

During our busiest times, we need to be efficient and thoughtful about how to get on and off of the water quickly. Please follow the following guidelines to be a good neighbor to your fellow scullers.

  • If you prefer to adjust your feet before getting on the water, use some of the numerous slings set up in the boatyard to set your footboard before going down to the dock. Do your best to have all the items you need ready to go so you can hop into your boat and be off the dock in a timely manner.
  • When preparing to land, take a moment to don your mask and put on your shoes (if you are comfortable doing so) before making your final approach to the dock
  • Launch on the downstream (Tilikum) side. Exception: Either side of the dock may be used for launching in the first hour or so of practice before anyone is returning to the dock
  • Land on the upstream (Ross Island) side. Exception: Either side of the dock may be used for landing in the last hour or so of practice after everyone has launched for the day (check with the coach on the dock for landing downstream)
  • Take the current and wind direction into account when docking so you are lined up to land on the side you intend to
  • Return to the dock in a timely fashion. Our signups are designed to evenly distribute the number of people on the dock at any given time, so returning at your scheduled time will help prevent traffic bottlenecks in addition to ensuring that everyone gets the same amount of time on the water

River Navigation

Please refer to the following maps as guidelines for how to navigate the river during practice sessions.