Safety

Participation in rowing/sculling involves certain risks and dangers, which include, but are not limited to, cold weather and water.

Code of Conduct

  • Respect other lake users, including wildlife.
  • Respect the equipment.

Rules

  • Rowers must respect the boat traffic circulation pattern. See map on club notice board in oar shed. Look-out for other lake users.
  • Any equipment problems are to be reported in the Log Book located at the lake in the oar shed.
  • Every club member must complete safety training. They must have read the Safety Guidelines for Members and General Club Safety Guidelines. A copy is kept at the lake and further copies available on request.
  • Rowers are required to wear PFD’s and have a whistle in the boat when on the water.
  • Racing singles and doubles may only be used by members who have completed capsize training, unless under the supervision of a coach or already have an acceptable competence level from other clubs.
  • Equipment must be checked before each session.
  • Juniors are not allowed on the lake without the presence of a coach or experienced adult.
  • Only experienced Seniors or Masters rowers may row outside normal session hours and only with the permission of one of the coaches. There must be at least two boats with experienced rowers on the lake together, unless permission is given by the Head Coach and the Safety Coordinator is informed.
  • Rowing will be cancelled if:  a storm is imminent; high winds are producing white cap waves deemed dangerous for the type of boat and competence of the rowers; visibility is less than 50m due to fog.
  • Rowers will return to the dock immediately, if a storm occurs when on the water.
  • Rowers must be off the water ½ hours before sundown.

For more information about rowing safely see the Rowing Canada Aviron website.

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