You cannot turn on the news, open a social media app, or take part in a conversation without hearing the words “COVID” and “Coronavirus”… and “When will everything get back to normal?!” We know, we know! We all want to get back to life as usual, especially if we haven’t been able to participate in our favorite activities due to the pandemic. What can rowing coaches expect going forward? Let’s find out.
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So… Can we get back on the water?
Yes. Maybe. If. Unfortunately, part of living and rowing in the COVID age is recognizing that there is a great deal of uncertainty. As we’ve seen, it looked like the situation was being managed, but we soon experienced a spike. With a vaccine on the horizon, we’re hopeful, but experts remind us to stay vigilant. That said, activities that occur outdoors and in socially distanced contexts are considered quite safe. In fact, they are often critical for our physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Single rowing, then, is a great way to get out there.
Where you need to be extra cautious is in boathouses and on docks. That is where you need to ensure you follow protocols. Take precautions:
- Wear a mask.
- Stay six feet from others whenever possible.
- Wash your hands with soap and water frequently. If water is not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Sanitize your equipment and frequently touched surfaces (e.g., oars, handles, seats, etc.).
If you row with others, there should be at least 1.20 meters (about 4 feet) between members. Again, masks should be worn for everyone’s safety. Be sure that your team sanitizes hands and surfaces regularly. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms (which range from fever and shortness of breath to nausea and vomiting) should isolate themselves.
It’s up to us to keep this virus from spreading like wildfire. We can do this. And we can row safely. When possible, go solo, keep your distance, and invest in a good stock of sanitizer! Having your own rowing dock is a great way to minimize your exposure and maximize safety. AccuDock can help you get back on the water – safely.
Watch our Dockside Chat Series with AccuDock Rowing Dock Specialist, Mark Wilson, as he discusses the fall season and expectations for rowing in 2021 with experts in the rowing community:
- Glenn Putyrae, Head Coach of Women’s Rowing, The University of Alabama – View Video
- Keith Young, Head Coach of Adult Rowing, Lake County Rowing Association – View Video
- Stacy Apfelbaum, Head Coach at Niskayuna High School in Niskayuna – View Video
- Toni Martinez, Adaptive Rowing Coach, Southern Oregon – View Video