Safety is Everyone’s Priority
By USRowing Staff • February 27, 2019
As the spring rowing season begins, athletes and coaches are anxious to get out of the gym, off the erg and onto the water. However, this time of year can be fraught with changing and unsafe conditions. While not common, rowing-related injuries and accidents due to unsafe conditions do occur, so it is important that athletes, coaches, program directors and club administrators follow some fundamental safety practices. Safety is everyone’s responsibility.
USRowing’s Safety Committee encourages each and every organization, coach, school, coxswain and rower to follow smart safety protocols. It’s critical to start each season by reviewing your organization’s safety policy with your team, coaches and staff. In fact, many teams kick off the first day of practice with the USRowing Safety Video. Why not adopt that as your organization’s best safety practice for 2019!
In addition to revisiting your safety policy and reviewing the USRowing Safety Video, other important safety protocols include the following:
Each organization should have a safety committee that develops and annually reviews all safety rules, protocols, and procedures. For a complete and thorough list of ALL matters safety, please visit the safety section of the USRowing website.
Always consider safety before going on the water. Your responsibilities should include, but are not limited to:
- Enforcement of safe practices to prevent incidents and accidents.
- Procedures for responding to both on- and off-water emergencies.
- Means for reporting and tracking injuries, incidents and equipment damage.
- A logbook to track outings.
- Swim test for rowers and physicals on file.
- Safety training for coaches and rowers that includes the USRowing Safety Video.
Resources available on the USRowing website include:
- USRowing Safety Poster – Print it or order free copies from USRowing at 800-314-4769 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please post the USRowing Safety Poster in a visible spot in the boathouse.
- USRowing’s Safety Expectations for Member Organizations – Read and share with your members.
- Trailering to a race? Know your trailering laws and regulations.
- Safety launch essentials and other boating safety information including BoatUS boating certification for staff, coaches and volunteers.
- Safety gear for the launch, boathouse and person.
Additional USRowing safety resources can be found at http://www.usrowing.org/safety/.
USRowing Safety Committee
USRowing’s Safety Committee is your safety resource on rowing! If you have questions or need additional materials, please contact the Safety Committee! Also, you are always encouraged to share safety information that others in the community might find useful with committee members.
Don’t let enthusiasm be a substitute for smart thinking. Always make sure you and your rowers are SAFE!