Sound Experience Covid-19 Practices

While Covid-19 has necessarily interrupted so much in our lives this year, we are pleased to share that Sound Experience is able to offer some modified programming this summer aboard the schooner Adventuress. We have implemented new policies and procedures in keeping with Covid-related guidelines and recommendations from the federal and state agencies including the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Washington State Department of Health, county health authorities, and the American Camp Association. We understand as well that the situation is ever-changing, and will adapt our protocols and procedures accordingly. At Sound Experience, we are all shipmates. As such, we are committed to ensuring that we care for our community and all safety protocols are followed, as we deliver our mission aboard Adventuress in this challenging year.

This year’s programs will look somewhat different from the regular summer programs. We will be asking you to help us to follow all Covid-19 policies by reading over the materials we send out, complying with all guidelines and letting us know if you have any questions. Together we can help reduce the risk of Covid spread in our communities, and still experience the magic of Adventuress.

Please read over the information below to learn about Sound Experience’s Covid-19 practices and what to expect for each program*. Once you have registered yourself or your child, we will send to you a packet of information detailing our practices and how you can prepare for your specific program. Should you have any questions, please e-mail Amy at amy@soundexp.org


Important Considerations 
Do not come to a Sound Experience program if you have COVID-19 symptoms (cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell), have in the past 14 days been in close contact with someone suspected or confirmed as having COVID-19, or if you are confirmed or suspected as having COVID-19 in the past 14 days. 

For those who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 as defined by the CDC, please carefully consider, in conjunction with your healthcare provider, whether to attend a Sound Experience program at this time. 

Conditional Program Operations 
This is an evolving situation and our policies and programs may change as we gain new information, or as recommendations change per federal, state or county regulations (including changes in county re-opening phases). Sound Experience will decide when and under what conditions any programs will operate using best practices, state regulations, medical advice and our best judgment.  Programs, activities or locations of programs may be changed or cancelled, potentially at the last minute. 


Sound Experience has implemented a 5-point strategy to minimize the risk* :  

  1. Health Screening 
    • Pre-program questionnaires
    • On-site temperature check and questionnaire
  2. Face Coverings/Masks 
    • Face coverings will be required for all programming
    • Masks will be provided to those who do not have one
  3. Distancing
    • We will practice social or physical distancing stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people when possible
    • Additional instructions will be given based on program type
    • Below deck travel will be limited
  4. Hand hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
    • We will provide resources to practice heightened hygiene
    • Hand sanitizer will be provided in various locations around the vessel
  5. Cleaning and Disinfecting
    • The ship will go through a pre- and post- program cleaning. 
    • All high traffic surfaces, such as handrails, ladder, etc, will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times during a program 
    • After each program, ventilation fans will be utilized to fully exchange the air below decks; participants will have limited access to below decks (e.g. use of the marine toilets etc).

Program Specific Information*

Youth programs: In addition to the practices listed above, participants on youth programs will fill out a pre-screening form prior to program start. Programs will be limited to 12 participants, we will utilize small groups to help with social distancing during activities, masks will be required. Below deck travel will be limited. We will require bag lunches, and a specific supply list to minimize sharing during program. Those supplies will be provided if you don’t have access to them. Additional procedures will be provided

If you are interested in learning more about specific programs please email Susan at susan@soundexp.org or call the office at 360-379-0438 x 1


Public and Day Sail Programs: Public Programs will be limited to 22 participants. Registration and payment will be made online or over the phone. We will utilize a seating chart for the sail. Masks will be required. Below deck travel will be limited. Additional procedures will be provided.

If you are interested in learning more about specific programs please email Susan at susan@soundexp.org or call the office at 360-379-0438 x 1

If you are interested in a day sail for your group or organization please e-mail Amy at amy@soundexp.org


The Adventuress Cup. All Adventuress Cup activities will follow safety guidelines and procedures from the CDC, USCG, and WA State Department of Health and will not include land-based events.

Skippers will be sent a “Skippers Packet” prior to the event with additional guidelines and recommendations. Skippers are also encouraged to follow current CDC, Washington Department of Health and county phase guidelines. To learn more about The Adventuress Cup click here.


Staff Health and Safety 

  • All staff reside in WA and have been practicing the related health and safety guidelines as we have progressed through the phases of the Washington State reopening plan.   
  • Shipboard crew have received training in their roles and responsibilities as they relate to COVID-19 precautions.  
  • All staff will be following Sound Experience’s onsite work requirements, developed per CDC guidelines, including daily health screenings.  

* This is an evolving situation and our policies and programs may change as we gain new information or as recommendations change per federal, state or county regulations (including changes in county re-opening phases)

Last updated 7/15/2020