Update – December 21, 2020

Sailing School – In response to the growing COVID cases in Seattle, we have temporarily stopped all of our sailing lessons. We hope to resume lessons in February so long as it is safe to do so.

Pro Shop / Retail – We are minimizing the number of folks within our office at this time and are not inviting guests to come in to try on clothing. We are encourage everyone to stay safe and shop online, however if you would like to try on foul weather gear, we can bring out any gear you’d like to try on and you may take it to the restrooms or try it on outside of our office.

Membership – Members are welcome to continue using the fleet for day sails and overnight charters. We encourage our members to continue to follow CDC guidelines, practice social distancing, wear masks and keep their crew within the same household.


Club Health & Safety Protocols

Boat Cleaning & Dock Safety Protocol 

To ensure thorough cleaning of our boats and safe dock etiquette, the Seattle Sailing Club Team has implemented new protocols. Personal protective equipment detailed below will be utilized by our staff as they undergo cleaning procedures. Boats will be unused during a minimum 1-day waiting period between charters and lessons. The waiting period will reduce the presence of pathogens and will give our dock staff time to carefully clean the boat. During boat cleanings, boats will have a sign to notify members and guests that the boat is unavailable. Before and between charter uses, we will follow this step-by-step protocol: 

General Health & Safety Measures
  • Staff will not be available for dock concierge assistance. Troubleshooting will be done over the phone.
  • 1 staff member per boat cleaning
  • Maintain social distancing on the dock ramp and dock piers
  • Boats typically rafted will be separated to minimize contamination between cleanings.
  • Keep it moving!
    • Stay at least 6 ft away from other people.
    • Do not crowd the walkways
    • Do not gather in groups on piers, docks, outside of the office
    • Wait for people to walk up/down the dock ramps before proceeding
    • Walk-in designated areas
    • Picnic tables & benches are closed.

Boat Cleaning - Interiors & Exteriors


  • Scrub exterior surfaces with boat soap and water, with special attention to the cockpit.
  • Scrubbing of cockpit table (if applicable), winches, handrails, clutches, running rigging, cleats, helm, and binnacle.
  • Scrubbing of stations and handrails around the entry point and stern pulpit.


  • Clean all hard surfaces. Applying generous amounts of multi-surface cleanser, methodically spray all hard surfaces from top to bottom. Do not wipe down; spray first, then come back to the beginning and wipe down. Follow this order to ensure no area is overlooked: 
  • V-berth: walls, light switches, flat surfaces, cabinet doors and latches, hatches, and floor. 
  • Salon: Bulkhead, compression post, salon table (including folding sides and underside), walls, light switches, bilge switch, battery switch, DC and AC panels (gently wipe; do not spray directly) storage spaces, nav table, cabinet doors and latches, hatches, and floor. 
  • Galley: Refrigerator, microwave, stove, sink, walls, light switches, storage spaces, cabinet doors and latches, hatches, and floor. 
  • Head: Remove/stow trash bin and toilet paper. Using generous amounts of multi-surface cleanser, methodically spray and wipe down all hard surfaces from top to bottom. Use shower nozzle to hose down walls, toilet, sink, and all other hard surfaces. Drain the head. Open hatches to dry if weather permits. 
  • Aft Cabins: walls, light switches, flat surfaces, cabinet doors and latches, hatches, and floor. 
  • Go back to V-berth and wipe multiple surfaces off. Cleaning soft surfaces. Spray mattress and cushions with hotel-grade cleaning spray and steam clean. 

Additional Cleaning of Common Touchpoints

Clean all common touchpoints. Apply Clorox Bleach solution or Lysol and wipe down all touchpoints: grab rails, latches, handles, light switches, equipment panels, faucets, charter equipment (winch handles, air horn, etc.), helm, winches, rope clutches, and faucets. Do not apply Clorox to wood surfaces, use Pine Sol.

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Office Cleaning &  Safety Protocol 

To protect the health of Seattle Sailing Club staff, members, and students and to help limit the spread of COVID-19, SSC has developed a series of cleaning protocols and safety measures.

General Health & Safety Measures
  • Members, students, and guests are required to wear masks during check-in at the front table. 
  • The Pro Shop will remain closed for business until Phase 3 of the WA Phased Approach to Reopening. Products can be purchased using our online store and picked up in front of the Club. In-store purchases will not be permitted.
  • All staff will carry a protective mask on their person at all times.
  • All staff is required to wear a protective mask in the following situations:
    • while experiencing allergies or any other non-viral health concern that may cause coughing or sneezing
    • while handling or touching any surfaces or office resources that don’t pertain to one’s personal workspace
    • while outside of one’s personal workspace within the office
    • while interacting with clients, instructors, co-workers, and anyone in the community
    • while sanitizing computers and surfaces (after arriving and before leaving the office).
  • Only one staff member will work at the front table space at any time unless they agree to briefly collaborate together on a task where they will maintain social distancing etiquette and wear a mask.
  • Areas within the office have been designated a capacity to ensure social distancing is maintained by staff inside at all times.
  • Any members of the SSC staff or instructors experiencing symptoms of cold or flu are required to stay home.
  • No dogs will be allowed in the office until social distancing restrictions are lifted.

Arriving at Work & While at Work & Before Leaving Work

Upon arrival at the office, staff will:

  • Wear a mask.
  • Disinfect the interior and exterior door handles, locks, and mail slot. 
  • Clean and disinfect desk surfaces, computer parts (mouse, keyboard), and phone.
  • Clean and disinfect water cooler, coffee cart area, and refrigerator handles.
  • Sanitize or wash hands.

While at Work

  • Members and guests will not be permitted to enter the office in order to respect a 6-foot minimum distance between persons. A portable table will be set up in front of the office entry to block access and serve as a reception counter. The ground will be taped for a designated waiting space for social distancing. 
  • Areas within the office have been designated a capacity to ensure social distancing is maintained by staff inside at all times.
  • Wear gloves when completing shipments, giving-out course materials or usage reports, pro-shop pick-ups, or anytime they are handling an object or thing that another person may come in contact with. 
  • Wear a mask and gloves while handling any credit cards, cash or checks.
  • Delivered packages will be opened outside the office and contents wiped with disinfectant before storage.
  • Use disinfectant wipes to clean any pencils and clipboards that have been handled by others.
  • Sanitize or wash hands frequently.

Before Leaving the Office

  • Thoroughly clean all desk, phone, and computer surfaces.
  • Clean printer buttons and tray handles.
  • Clean and disinfect water cooler and refrigerator handles.

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Community (Member) Safety Protocols

While Seattle Sailing Club will be keeping up with cleanings, we ask that our members do the same to protect the community. Please follow the below protocols:

New & Continuing Club Policies
  • Members will need to sign the online Member Uniform Assumption of Risk Waiver. This is required prior to your first reservation. (New Policy)
  • All membership levels are allowed 1 future day sail reservation in the books at a time per membership. You’re welcome to reserve a boat to take out the same-day, but you must reserve it only for the same day you’re taking it out. (Continuing policy)
  • Life Jackets. Have life jackets for yourself and your guests. SSC life jackets will not be available for members or guests. (New policy)
  • Running late for your reservation. If you are running more than 15 minutes late for your reservation, give us a call. If you are 30 minutes late and have not called, your reservation will be canceled. (New policy)
  • Cancel your reservation if you or any of your guests are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Remove all personal belongings, trash (head & salon), food, usage reports, keys, ice, etc before leaving the boat. (Continuing policy)
  • Usage Reports are required to be submitted via email or our new digital Small Boat Usage Report and Big Boat Usage Reports. (New Policy) 
    •  If you would prefer to write-up the usage report and email it, you’re welcome to do so – please thoroughly and legibly complete the report and email a photo of the front & back to
    • If a usage report is not submitted within 24 hours of your sail, we will follow up and if we don’t receive a usage report, we will suspend your reservation ability. 
  • After-hours reservations (New policy)
    • Same-day after-hours reservations (sails after 5:00pm), need to be reserved before 4:00pm to ensure we are aware of the reservation and can prep your boat. If this is not possible, please call to notify us of your reservation.
    • Complete a digital usage report. 
    • Small Boat Usage Report
    • Big Boat Usage Report
  • Holding Tanks. If the head is used, you are responsible for pumping it out after your day sail. (New Policy)
  • Dock concierges are not available for docking assistance, rescues, or in-person troubleshooting. (New Policy)
    • If you are stranded or in need of a tow, contact Vessel Assist. Members will be financially responsible for vessel assistance or any other towing expenses. 
  • Follow the docking arrangement. Boats have been strategically placed to ensure clean boats are not contaminated and dirty boats aren’t used. Docking in the Wrong Slip fee will be heavily enforced. (Continuing Policy)
  • The J/80 you reserve is the J/80 you will sail. Please take note of the name. (New Policy)
  • Spinnakers are not currently available. (New Policy)
  • Wear gloves and a mask when cleaning your boat. Exterior and interior cleaning are more important than ever. Please help us keep the community and our staff healthy. 
  • Wash your hands often and for 20 seconds.

Checking In for Your Reservation
  • A table is set-up at the entrance to the office. Please knock for assistance and do not enter the office. We will come to you.
  • Wear a mask when checking in, on the dock ramps, and on the dock.
  • Adhere to social distancing around the promenade, outside of the office, and on the dock.
  • Paperwork and transactions will be completed online. We will not be accepting cash.
    •  Olympic Club day sails will be automatically charged to the card on file.

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Sailing School Safety Protocols

To protect the health of Seattle Sailing Club staff, instructors, and students and to help limit the spread of COVID-19, SSC has developed a series of cleaning protocols and safety measures. We are monitoring the CDC, state, and local guides to ensure we are keeping our students, staff, instructors, and community safe. 

General Health & Safety Measures + Additional Student Requirements
  • Any students experiencing symptoms of cold or flu are asked to stay home. We ask that students reschedule their lessons to another availability at least 2 weeks after their symptoms subside.
  • Instructors or staff experiencing symptoms of cold or flu are required to stay home.
  • Students & Instructors will be required to wear a mask throughout the lesson.
  • Students who receive a positive COVID-19 test result within 2 weeks of the last day of their lesson are asked to notify the sailing club immediately. 
  • Respect social distancing while in the office, on the dock, dock ramps, and promenade area. 
  • Wash your hands often for 20 seconds. 
  • Sanitation wipes will be available to students who would like to sanitize their classroom space or lesson materials
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Throw tissues away and wash your hands.


  • Complete the digital Release Form prior to your lesson.
  • Check-in at the front for a daily Student Health Check-in. Your temperature will be taken and you will be asked if you are experiencing any symptoms. 
    • Students or instructors with temperatures 100°F or higher and/or experiencing flu-like symptoms will not be permitted to class. 
  • Bring a mask or face covering and wear it throughout your lesson, in the office, classroom, on the dock and dock ramp, and on the boat.
  • At the end of the day, please use the “Life Jacket Dunk” bin to disinfect your life jacket and place it to dry on the lifelines of the boat you were on.

Sailing School Policies & Lesson Changes/Adjustments
  • Flexibility with lesson agendas & syllabi. Weather permitting, lessons with classroom sessions will be held outside. If the weather is not permitting, we will set-up our classrooms in accordance with social distancing etiquette. To prepare for an outdoor classroom session, make sure to bring sunscreen, water, a hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun. 
  • Cancellation & Rescheduling fees will be waived for 2020 sailing lessons. 
  • Pack a lunch and all of your belongings into a bag that you can bring onboard. 

Sailing School Cleaning Protocols


  • Classrooms/Class spaces will be sanitized before and after every lesson.
  • Boats will be cleaned and unused before and after each lesson. 
  • Test booklets, answer keys, pencils, pens, and navigation tools will be sanitized before and after every use.
  • Life Jackets will be sanitized after every use.