May 20, 2021

As many of you are aware, the CDC has changed its guidelines regarding fully vaccinated people wearing masks in public. The State of Washington has announced that it will adopt these new guidelines and has provided businesses the opportunity to choose how to move forward on their own.


Seattle Sailing Club COVID-19 Policies are as follows:

  • Masks continue to be required while inside the office, outside the office, on the dock, when talking to Club staff and/or instructors, and during check-in.
    • Maskless sailing is permitted after your boat has left the dock.
  • Check-in/Check-out remains at the entrance. Payments will continue to be taken at the front tables, as well.
  • In-store shopping is permitted with capacity limitations. Please read and follow the signs at the front tables displaying the number of people allowed in the Pro Shop at once.
  • Please continue to social distance as some of our staff members are not fully vaccinated yet.

Seattle Sailing Club staff will continue to make the safety and health of our community our top priority. We appreciate your continuing compliance with our policies.



Seattle Sailing Club


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.  The waiting period will reduce the presence of pathogens and will give our dock staff time to carefully clean the boat. 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
  • 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.


  • Surfaces will be sanitized using Ultraviolet lights and sanitization wipes.
  • Weather permitting: boats will be left open to air out between uses.

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. 
  • Only Club staff are permitted inside the office at all times.
  • The Pro Shop will be open for pick-up, but no browsing at this time. 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 is required to wear a protective mask at all times. 
    • Lunches and breaks will be taken outside.
  • Only one staff member will work at the front table at any time unless they agree to briefly collaborate together on a task where they will maintain social distancing etiquette.
  • 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.

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. 
  • 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. 
  • Life Jackets. Have life jackets for yourself and your guests. SSC life jackets will not be available for members or guests. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Usage Reports are required to be submitted via email or our new digital Small Boat Usage Report and Big Boat Usage Reports
    • 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 
    • 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.
  • Follow the docking arrangement.
    • Docking in the Wrong Slip fee will be heavily enforced.
  • 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 check-in before every sail (after-hours sails not included)
  • 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.


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 (unless everyone is fully vaccinated and comfortable sailing maskless)
  • Students who receive a positive COVID-19 test result during or within 10-days of the last day of their lesson are asked to notify the 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/elbow. 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 99°F or higher and/or experiencing flu-like symptoms will not be permitted to class. 
  • Face masks are required at all times (including those who have been vaccinated). Including, but not limited to in Shilshole Bay Marina, outside of the office, on the docks, etc. 
  • If joining SSC from out-of-state for a lesson, a 5 day quarantine is required upon arrival to Seattle, Washington.

Overnight Lessons - Additional Policies
  • A negative COVID-19 test result must be provided to Seattle Sailing Club, timestamped within 72 hours of lesson departure. This is required of everyone on-board, including the instructor.
  • Face masks must be worn by students and instructors at all times, except while sleeping.

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. 

Sailing School Cleaning Protocols


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