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Boathouse Reopening Operations & COVID-19 Response

Due to COVID-19, the boathouse is operating under modified procedures to protect the health and safety of rowers, coaches, and facility staff. 

Baltimore Community Rowing has developed a four-phase plan, informed by the USRowing COVID-19 recommendations and state, city, and local guidelines, to gradually return to rowing in 2020 and beyond. 

BCR is in phase 2 of its reopening plan, beginning Monday, August, 17, 2020. Click here for more information about the BCR Phase 2 Reopening Plan.   Baltimore City Recreation & Parks (BCRP)  has opened the boathouse for outdoor rowing under specific restrictions and guidelines as noted below.  


  • Adult rowers with private 1x 
  • Bow-certified rowers (18+ years or older) in BCR-owned 1x
  • Same-household rowers (spouse/partner, siblings, or parent/child ONLY) in 2x (beginning August 17, 2020)
  • Group programs of 9 rowers/1 coach (juniors: 8 rowers/2 coaches) in 1X (beginning August 17, 2020) 


Registration of launch times - PRIVATE 1X/BOW CERTIFIED ROWERS: Rowers must register for a specific time to launch each day that they would like to row for the entire upcoming week.  Coached programs have a reserved 30-min launch window during which no private 1X may launch. Otherwise, launch times are available at 10-minute intervals.  One rower per time slot. Rowers who share the same household may sign up to launch in the same time slot; both names must appear on the registration sheet. If a rower is not able to row during their assigned launch time, the rower's name must be removed from the registration sheet. If using a BCR-owned 1x, please mark down which boat is being used beside the rower name. Coached programs have priority usage on club boats/oars reserved during coached programming.
Coached Programs - NON-BOW-CERTIFIED ROWERS: Rowers must register for a time slot on the right side of the registration sheet under "Coached Programs".  Coached programs are limited to 9 rowers, and are intended for non-bow-certified rowers and rowers who need to use club 1x. Bow-certified rowers may fill any remaining slots within coached programs after the Sunday registration deadline. Coaches will determine how boats are assigned. If a rower is not able to row during their assigned launch time, the rower's name must be removed from the registration sheet.

Baltimore City Rec & Parks Health Questionnaire - All rowers must complete the online BCRP Health Questionnaire before EVERY rowing session. As stated in the questionnaire, rowers must stay home if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, have been exposed to someone who is COVID-19-positive, or have been tested and are awaiting results. 

Masks - Masks must be worn at all times in the boathouse, on the dock, and while transporting equipment between the boathouse or boat pen and docks.

Social distancing
- Social distancing practices must be adhered to at all times in all locations in and around the boathouse. Only one rower is allowed in each boathouse bay at any time. Rowers should refrain from gathering in and around the boathouse.  Enter the boathouse only as long as needed to gather or return equipment before exiting. 

Hand sanitizing
- Rowers should sanitize their hands as often as possible.  Hand sanitizer will be provided in the boathouse; however,  we encourage rowers to bring their own as back up. Rowers should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water as soon as possible after exiting the boathouse.

Equipment cleaning
- Rowers must thoroughly clean all equipment they come in contact with during each rowing session including boats, oars, and slings. Diluted bleach solution is provided for cleaning.

Equipment repairs - If using BCR-owned shell or oars, rowers should note boat damage or needed repairs to

Indoor activity - No indoor activity is permitted aside from that needed to gather or return equipment from the boathouse. Per BCRP, no one is permitted on the second floor of the facility for any reason. The bathrooms and locker rooms are locked and will not be available for rowers' use.

Personal items - All personal items must be taken from the boathouse after each rowing session.  No items should be stored in the boathouse.

Registration - All rowers must have paid their 2020 Annual Membership fee. Bow-certified rowers using club equipment must have paid the Equipment Usage fee or be paying Program Fees. All rowers in coached programs must be paying Program Fees. 

Inclement weather - It is the responsibility of each rower to check the weather forecast and determine in what conditions they are comfortable rowing. Rowers should not launch when there is lightning or thunder (must wait at least 30 minutes after the last visible lightning/audible thunder to launch), fog, high winds, wind/water conditions that are above your comfort level, or when there is a small craft advisory.  

Failure to follow these requirements may result in the loss of rowing privileges. 



Any member experiencing COVID-19 symptoms within 14 days of entering the boathouse are asked to stay home and report their symptoms to  Please help protect the health and safety of your teammates and fellow rowers by being vigilant and reporting symptoms promptly.

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Baltimore Community Rowing
3301 Waterview Ave, Baltimore, MD
Postal Code: 21230

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