Safety Rules for Rowing

Rowing is an exciting and competitive sport. The rowing associations ensure that the environment is safe for the participants. There are safety rules which minimise the risk of accidents. The rowing clubs want the members to know the safety rules and stick to them.

Before you go to practice, you need to make an entry in the logbook. Then, after you are done with the practice, you need to sign out. This proves your presence in the water during the time. In case you are missing for long hours, you will be searched for and questioned.

You need to take personal floatation devices with you. In case there is an accident on the water, these devices can save your life. You won’t be allowed to row alone. There must be at least two boats on the water all the time. If you are a junior member, you must have authorisation from an adult for using going on the water.

To row on your own, you must complete the Skills Assessment. Otherwise, you need to have a coach supervising you all the time. Rowing depends a lot on the weather. You can only row during the daylight. You are not allowed to row during difficult weather conditions like fog, high wind, lightning, and extreme temperatures.

Coldwater rowing can be dangerous. You need to wear the appropriate dress to practice rowing on cold water and make sure that your coach or others are present with you. You should keep hot water bottles on the boat. During hot weather, you must dress appropriately. You should use sunblock with high SPF and be well hydrated all the time.

For anyone interested in rowing, knowing these rules are important. When you join a rowing club you must strictly follow these rules to row safely.