PADDLING MORATORIUM - July 6th Update
Multnomah County remains in Phase 1 of Oregon’s COVID-19 reopening plan. Wasabi TideRunners at the coast in Tillamook County entered Phase 2 in June. Social distancing guidelines of 6’ remain in place in both locations. With a surge in COVID-19 cases in Oregon it is doubtful we will see a lessening of the 6’ rule anytime soon.
The United States Dragon Boat Federation posted an independent outline for eventual return to dragon boating
On July 5th, the Pacific Dragon Boat Association posted: The PDBA continues to monitor the science and the national recommendations for safety regarding COVID-19. We note that some parts of the region are beginning to return to more social activities, while other areas are in conditions that demand a more conservative approach. As things move forward, dragon boat athletes are naturally asking questions about the return to sport. While the PDBA cannot make blanket recommendations in such a variable environment, we do observe and advise the following:
- Physical Distancing - The CDC advises a minimum distance of 6 feet between individuals. Unfortunately, observing this distance in our sport results in numbers too small to safely crew a dragon boat. The hard reality, while physical distancing is advised, is that we must seek our water time in single-person crafts, such as OC, SUP, or kayak.
- Masking – Note that the CDC recommends the wearing of masks. Wear a mask when you cannot maintain physical distancing and consider the difficulty of keeping a mask on during active water practice with your teammates.
- Follow Local Health and Safety Recommendations – Look to your local government health officials for the latest advice specific to your locality. Do not rely on what you see happening outside your community to determine your return to the sport. Also follow the safety regulations of your local dragon boat organization.
- We are fortunate in most of this region to have access to open water for most of the year, if not all of it. Remember that East Coast, Midwest, and Canadian teams often cannot hit the water until April or May, yet they perform well at high levels of competition. This is due to the work they put in on land during the off-season, and you might consider your efforts there as you wait for the return of paddling.
Remember that, much as we love our sport, ours is a non-essential leisure activity, and keep in mind your local guidelines and local risk factors as you consider resuming activities.
This link to CDC recommendations for youth sports applies largely to us as well.
You can go to the Pacific Northwest Outrigger Racing Canoe Association and click on member clubs, then go to their individual website links. Some have COVID-19 information for their clubs:
During this period of Club activity moratorium there is to be NO club access to the temporary boathouses (OMSI Building C, the Portland Boathouse/Bruun Building or the Ivon St property) or boat related assets including all dragon boats and Club owned OCs. Teams in charge of boat bailing will practice enhanced safety precautions, including wearing gloves and personal PFDs and must follow social distancing requirements. Bailers are allowed to retrieve supplies from OMSI Building C.
Wasabi Safety Officers and the Board will continue to monitor Federal, State, and local guidelines for changes in restrictions or conditions and adhere to those recommendations. Our Safety Officers will provide updates during the phased re-opening. We are eager to be back on the water as soon as possible!
Jay Marshall and KJ Jackson, Wasabi Safety Officers
On and off the Water
Portland, Oregon - Nehalem Bay, Oregon
Wasabi Paddling Club
Wasabi Paddling Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to the participation in, and promotion of, the National and International amateur sports of Dragon Boat and Outrigger Canoe racing. Our Charter includes assisting novice through experienced paddlers in our community. The Club goal is to develop strong, competitive teams through sponsoring and coaching.
Club Mission Statement
We have a team for you!
The Wasabi Paddling Club is Portland's largest dragon boat and outrigger canoe Club. Founded in 1993, it now has over 300 active members.
We own 10-person and 20-person dragon boats, 6-person outrigger canoes, and our small boat OC1 and OC2’s. Our facility is located under the Marquam Bridge (near OMSI) on the east bank of the Willamette River.
Our paddlers come from all ages and stages of life. Our teams are comprised of all abilities and physical fitness levels. There is a team for everyone, from the novice paddler who is just learning the basics, to the most competitive athlete who races at international venues around the world.
Wasabi teams range from recreational to competitive, including specialized teams like our High School team, Kraken. We also have our Wasabi Special Dragons, our Visually Impaired Paddlers (Team VIP), and Wasabi Team SOAR, our women's cancer survivor and supporter team. At Nehalem Bay, we have our dragon boat team, the Tide Runners.
We are an inclusive Club welcoming all paddlers. Regardless of your age, experience, or gender identity, we all have one thing in common, we find great joy in being on the water with one another.
Wasabi Club Affiliations
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