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Summer 2022 COVID-19 and Virus Guidelines


Western Reserve Rowing Association

Summer 2022 COVID-19 and Virus Guidelines

WRRA has resumed all normal boathouse and rowing activities.  However, it is important to realize that there is no guarantee of not contracting COVID-19, even if fully vaccinated and/or boosted.  Individuals should use their own judgment regarding their health and safety and continue to practice the safe protocols they deem necessary.

It should be noted that ongoing monitoring of COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations is necessary given the continuing mutations of COVID-19 and may necessitate reinstating further restrictions in the future. Cleveland Rowing Foundation (CRF) will monitor CDC and State guidelines and communications and will promptly inform WRRA of any changes impacting the boathouse and rowing operations.

All individuals are encouraged to continue to practice current safety protocols as recommended by the State of Ohio and the CDC for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

Guidelines for Summer 2022 rowing (May 12, 2022)

General guidelines

  • All members, coaches and coxswains should perform a symptom check prior to coming to the boathouse. Everyone will continue to be instructed to not come to the boathouse if they have any COVID or other Viral symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath), until asymptomatic for at least 48 hours
  • If you have symptoms that are consisted with COVID, you are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19.  If symptomatic with a positive test, follow the CDC and State of Ohio requirements and do not come to the boathouse.  You should be symptom-free for at least 48 hours before returning to the boathouse.

VIPERS in Boston

Congratulations and good luck to our VIPER (Visually Impaired People Enjoying Rowing) crew, heading to Boston October 20-21 to race in the 54th Head of the Charles Regatta.

Donate directly to WRRA VIPERs fundraiser page

EHVZBHAZ4FH35HPF45VPZTRQJE.jpgFour years ago, Western Reserve Rowing Association (WRRA) began offering visually impaired athletes the opportunity to enjoy the fun and challenging sport of rowing.

Today, that same program - aka The VIPERs (Visually Impaired People Enjoying Rowing) - have gone from their humble beginnings on the Cuyahoga River to qualifying for the largest rowing regatta in the world, the Head of the Charles (HOCR) in Boston, MA. On October 20-21, 11,000 athletes from 26 countries will compete and amongst them will be the VIPERs!

The VIPERs are part of WRRA's Outreach Programs and are funded entirely by members and donations. Volunteers have given over 450 hours of their time helping to coach, row and cox in this program.

We are asking for additional help to get the crew of 7 adults (guides, rowers, coach & coxswain) and 2 guide dogs to Boston to vie for a coveted medal in this prestigious competition. 100% of monies raised will go directly towards the VIPER team's preparation for the regatta, travel, trailering the boat, and lodging.

Directly donate to WRRA VIPERs fundraiser page

Read & Watch Channel 19 news coverage of our VIPERs

WRRA can provide a Letter of Donation upon request. Additional donations raised will go to WRRA Outreach programs.

(photo credit: Micheal K. Dakota)

Veterans Learn to Row Day

Veterans Learn to Row Day
Sunday, August 26 - 7:30 AM - NOON

FREE to Veterans/Service-disabled Veterans, Active Duty Service Members, National Guard and Reservists, and Gold Star adult family members. Reservations required: 

In appreciation of the men and women who have served our country and who love water sports or want to try a new sport. Thank you for your service!  

Rowing is a true team sport that demands the unremitting dedication of body and mind, heart and soul in a way required by no other team sport.

Advance registration is necessary for boat assignments. Secure your seat in the boat: 

Program info

Learn to Row (LTR) is a half day comprehensive instructional session which introduces new rowers to the sport of rowing on the Cuyahoga River. LTR is an opportunity for adults (18 and older) to experience the sport of rowing. WRRA instructors will teach the basics of the sport of rowing, special safety considerations on the Cuyahoga, rowing terminology, and boat handling. Participants will receive instruction on basic rowing technique using a stationary rowing machine (erg) and on-the-water practice, rowing as a crew of eight.

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