This page contains the latest in Club SAKE’s response to the pandemic conditions. Some information here is duplicated in other sections of this web site, but this is a page for all things pandemic.
Club SAKE has created the position of Health Advisor, and Nancy Carney has been appointed in this role. Nancy is a Professor in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at OHSU, an Adjunct Professor in the UW School of Nursing, and she works with the School of Medicine at El Bosque University in Bogota, Colombia. Through her day job, she has access to the latest scientific evidence via the CDC, the VA, scholarly publications, and her colleagues. She will be advising the SAKE Board of Directors as they make decisions regarding our return to activities.
As we begin club activities again, every activity will have a Health Coach present. These are club members who will be trained to monitor club events for adherence to established safety guidelines, and they will be taking attendance to assist with contact tracing, should it ever become necessary. If you are able to volunteer in this capacity, please contact Nancy.
Club SAKE has completed protocols for the return of Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP), and also dock-side technique coaching for small numbers of dragon boaters. The protocols designed for SUP can also be used for group outings of single-person craft, such as OC and kayak. These activities are open to members only, and we are not working with visitors at this time.
While we are hoping for resumption of full on-water dragon boat practice soon, Washington State guidelines still call for social distancing and masking, even for those fortunate enough to have been vaccinated. For us, this means we cannot fit enough people in a boat to operate safely on our difficult Lake Washington waters. We continue to monitor the changing conditions, assessing further return to activities with the safety of our community and our public health role in mind. In the meantime, stay safe, get vaccinated when you can, and be sure you understand the protocols for the activities we are able to run right now, so that you are prepared when you come.