What do orcas and BIR masters have in common? They both travel in PODS!
BIR is excited to announce that after much hard work and thoughtful planning, we will be offering limited single-shell based rowing programs for experienced rowers. Athletes will row in coached practices 2x per week. Initially, each practice will be limited to “pods” of five boats per coach, with additional launch operators used at the coaches’ discretion.
Pods sizes will increase as Kitsap County Health Guidelines and boat availability allows. Thank you to all who have worked so hard to determine these next steps. They literally “wrote the book” on opening safely running programs during a pandemic. And thank you to the private shell owners who are making their boats available for BIR program use!
BIR thanks the Bainbridge Community Foundation for a generous grant, which allows us to offer additional scholarship opportunities to keep our programs affordable to our community during the COVID-19 Pandemic. More information on scholarships can be found here: https://bainbridgerowing.org/scholarships/
Novice Programs: Masters and Juniors Learn-to-Row and Intro to Rowing Youth Camps are on hold during this limited re-entry time. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to offering them soon!
What to Expect
Rowers will follow specific protocols developed by BIR in accordance with the Kitsap County Health Department, State of Washington, and CDC guidelines, which include the cleaning of all equipment after each session, wearing of masks when not on the water, and proper social distancing among athletes and our coaching staff. Full details on BIR protocols can be found in the attached “BIR COVID-19 Return to Rowing Plan”.
Kitsap County Safe Start Phases as they apply to BIR Rowing Programs:
- Phase 1: no rowing, no group land workouts.
- Phase 2: Five rowers per coach (singles-based rowing) with optional second launch operator. No on-site cross training. “Pod-based programs” limits your exposure to four other rowers/week. During Phase 2, rower substitutions are not allowed.
- Phases 3 & 4: Continued singles-based rowing. Number of rowers determined by coach with optional additional launch operators. Multiple on-water sessions may overlap, provided social distancing can be maintained. Training allowed outside of the boathouse with proper sanitization and distancing of 12’ between people using ergs, mats or weights. Facial coverings should be used when on land, except when actively working out with proper distancing. Rower substitutions are allowed in phases 3 and 4.
BIR Fall 2020 PROGRAMS
Coaches: Nicolai Otte, Tom Coble, Kathy Maher
Cost: $75 for a 3-week flight rowing once a week
$150 for a 3-week flight rowing twice a week
Rowers will be assigned a pod based on mutual agreement with their coach.
Pod Based Sessions (subject to change):
- T/TH 7 – 9am (D Pod)
- M/F 8:30 – 10:30am (A Pod)
- W 8:30 – 10:30am (X Pod)
- T/TH 9:30 – 11:30am (B Pod)
- M/F: 11:30am – 1:30pm (C Pod)
- MW: 6:00 – 8:00pm (E Pod)
- T/TH 6:00 – 8:00pm (F Pod)
TO HELP US STAY SAFE, ROWERS WILL NEED TO COME PREPARED!
Before arriving at the Boathouse for the first time…
Register for your program using the above link which includes all waivers.
- If you have not already been assigned to a pod: Register by contacting your coach or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sign BIR Waiver: https://form.jotform.com/BIRAdmin/bainbridge-island-rowing-participan
- Sign COVID-19 Waiver: https://form.jotform.com/201524681278053
- Read and sign COVID-19 Boathouse User Responsibilities: https://form.jotform.com/201524907048049
- USRowing membership must be current (basic membership is fine): https://membership.usrowing.org/
- BIR membership must be current (2020 dues paid)
- Program fees must be paid via iCrew (If you designated a portion of your paid Annual Rowing Fees to be applied to the Summer Sculling Fees you will find those sculling fees appropriately adjusted in iCrew. Questions or problems? Please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)
WHEN ARRIVING AT THE BOATHOUSE EACH DAY:
DO NOT COME TO THE BOATHOUSE IF YOU ARE EXHIBITING ANY CURRENT COVID-19 SYMPTOMS OR HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH ANYONE WHO HAS EXHIBITED SYMPTOMS DURING THE PAST 14 DAYS.
Wash hands before arriving at the boathouse. Use the Waterfront Park Public Restroom. Rowers will NOT be entering the boathouse but keys and cell phones may be stored just inside of the doors while on the water. All belongings must be brought home after practice.
Sign in using the QR Code on the boathouse door. This can be done with your cell phone. If you are not able to sign yourself in, have a fellow rower or coach sign you in after confirming that you are COVID-19 symptom free and have not been in contact with anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms in 14 days. Consider downloading a free, QR reader app onto your phone in advance.
BRING EACH DAY:
Neon or bright hat, shirt, or vest for visibility. Face mask, hand sanitizer, sneakers and/or water shoes, pre-filled water bottle. Juniors will also need a yoga mat or towel for on-land training. Face masks must be worn when not on the water. If you are unable to leave your belongings in your car, please bring a string backpack or sack to store them while you are on the water.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS COMMUNICATION?
Reach out to: email@example.com (registration or program questions)
firstname.lastname@example.org (safety protocol)