Safety Protocol

Coach Safety procedures


1) All coaches CPR/AED certified

2) All coaches first Aide certified

a.       With an EMS focusing on Hypothermia and water specific safety

3)   Coaches participate in house launch / boat safety

a.       How to handle flipped boat

b.      How to handle swamped boat

c.       How to handle rough waters with a crew

d.      How to handle injury of rower on water

e.       How to take a rower out of the boat on the water

4)      All coaches have copies and review the USRowing Safety resources

5)      Weekly coaches meetings with entire staff to review any boat safety/performance concerns amongst team


Launch Safety

1) All Launches are equipped with USRowing Kippy Liddle Safety Kit

a.      11 Type II PFDs

b.      Nine emergency blankets

c.       One throw flotation

d.      One flashlight

e.       One medical kit.

f.       All items are enclosed in a launch-ready bag

2)      Launches have an additional 3 PFDs for drivers and passengers of launch

3)      Engines have kill cord switch

a.       Engine turns off if pulled out (if driver falls out)

4)      All launches have radios (Emergency channel 16, Local crew contact channel 8, Port Rowing channel 6)

5)      Launch to Shell ratio is regulated by state of 1:3, ALL novice and middle school is kept at 1:2 ratio, Varsity program is 1:2 with eights, or 1:3 with two four’s and one eight


Rower Education Safety

1)      All rowers must pass swim test (100 yard swim and tread water for 10 minutes)

2)      All rowers sit though an on land safety session before allowed on the water

a.       Before ever getting into a shell on the water, a rower must understand the following terminology: bow, stern, port, starboard, weigh enough, ready to row, back, tie-in, untie, stop, the stroke, bow person, seat numbers in between and what number/seat s/he is that day.

                                                              i.      Proper procedure/calls for Carrying the Boat down to and into the water

                                                            ii.      Proper procedure/calls for pulling the Boat out of and up from the water

                                                          iii.      Proper procedure/calls for getting into/out-of the Boat

                                                          iv.      Where to/not-to step in/on the boats

                                                            v.      Etiquette for getting the Oars

                                                          vi.      Coxswains responsibility for keeping site of the launch, coxbox charging and maintenance and steering

                                                        vii.      Rowers responsibility for checking their equipment

b.       Know that your shell has been designed for flotation. Your boat is not a Personal Flotation Device (PFD); it is an emergency flotation device and your oars are neither, a personal or emergency flotation device.

c.       How to handle a swamped boat

d.      How to handle a flipped boat

e.       How to navigate rough water

f.       How to get in a coach’s launch on the water

3)      Course direction understanding

a.       Heading South, boats are on land side

b.      Heading North(Open Water), boats are on barge side