Inspiring New Ways of Traveling Safely

The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority. As we transition to reopen our operations, we have elevated and implemented strict policies and procedures on cleanliness, sanitation, social distancing and other measures to ensure our guests feel comfortable and confident that they are in a safe environment.

We continue to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization’s statements regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and following the necessary guidelines from these agencies as well as the local health departments.

Policies & Procedures for 2021

– RESERVATIONS ONLY – We are using a reservation system this season, which will allow 10 guests to pre-pay and reserve a single kayak, a double kayak, or a Stand-Up paddleboard for one hour every 30 minutes. Rowing Guests can rent sculls between 6 am and 9 am at Thompsons Boat Center only. You will be able to sign up on the Thompson Boat Center and Wharf Boathouse pages and through the links on our social media channels. Guests are currently only able to rent at Thompson’s Boat Center and The Wharf Boathouse. ALL Season Plan holders must use the reservation system.- After a reservation is made guests must fill out a waiver online, the link to the waiver will be in the confirmation email received by the guest. ALL guests must fill out waivers ahead of time.

– ALL guests Must Wear a Mask, anytime on the dock, and during Launch. No mask, no entry.

– ALL guests Must maintain social distancing guidelines and stand 6ft apart while waiting to be launched at the dock.

– Boating in DC Staff will be wearing face masks at all times.

– ALL equipment, kayaks/SUPs, lifejackets, and paddles will be sanitized after every use.

– ALL guests must return to the same dock they launched from.

– Limited Restroom use will be available, but the rest of the indoor facility at Thompsons Boat Center will be closed.

– No buddy boats are included in the reservation system.

– No lockers will be available for now, but that is subject to change.

– There will not be a place to change clothes on-site, please arrive ready to paddle.

– Food and drink may not be available at every site so please bring your own if needed.

– Changing the type of boat you wish to rent after a reservation has been made will be very difficult, so please know what boats you want when you are making your reservation.

*We are working in unprecedented times, and we know that this season will be tough. We appreciate your patience and please bear with us so that we all can enjoy our time on the water. If you need any assistance during the reservation process, please call our call center for help. The number for the call center is 202-337-97642.

Cancellations and Refunds

Our cancellation and refund policies have changed. We will be updating this section of our website to share the most up to date information. You can also call 202-337-9642 for any questions and concerns.

Guests who booked via online travel agents or other third-party travel professionals are advised to contact their booking provider for information on their policies.

Guests canceling more than 24 hours in advance of the reservation will receive a full refund.

Guests canceling within 24 hours of reservation will receive a gift card that is redeemable up to a year later at the same boathouse.

No call or no show to your rental will receive no refund.

Employee and Guest Health

Guest Services has implemented policies and procedures to protect guests and employees against virus transmission.

Washing Hands & Hand Sanitizer

All employees will continue to engage in frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer. Dispensers shall be placed at key guest and employee entrances and contact areas. At a minimum, this will include lobby reception areas and employee entrances, but could also include any other reception areas, entire hotel lobby areas, restaurant entrances, meeting spaces, elevator landings, pools, exercise areas and other public areas as applicable to the property.

Front of the House Signage

During all times in which the usage of masks is recommended by the CDC and/or other local health authorities, health and hygiene reminders will be placed at high-traffic areas on property, including the front lobby area at a minimum, indicating the proper way to wear, handle and dispose of masks.

Employee & Guest Health Concerns

Responding swiftly and reporting to local health officials any presumed cases of COVID-19 at the property shall be a staff-wide requirement.

At minimum, confirmed cases of COVID-19 shall be immediately reported to local health authorities in accordance with appropriate actions recommended by the CDC.

Cleaning Products & Protocols

Cleaning products and protocols will include EPA-approved disinfectants that meet CDC requirements for use and effectiveness against viruses, bacteria and other airborne and bloodborne pathogens.

Ongoing Training

In addition to training on housekeeping and hygiene protocols, employees are also completing enhanced COVID-19 awareness training.

Physical Distancing & Queuing

As recommended by the CDC’s social distancing guidelines, guests shall be advised to practice physical distancing by standing at least six feet away from other groups of people not traveling with them, including any area where guests or employees queue. Such areas shall be clearly marked for appropriate physical distancing, and where possible, encourage one-way guest flow with marked entrances and exits. When applicable, lobby furniture and other public seating areas will be reconfigured to promote social distancing.

For the most updated information, please refer to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or your local health authority.