Rowing is a very safe sport but it takes a safety-minded club to keep it that way. Please refer to USRowing's Safety Page for many helpful links and more detailed information.
Some important things to consider are:
- There is always a need to move in a safe and defensive manner while on the lake. Rowers sit facing backwards and generally move at a faster pace that kayakers or canoeists. 8+s move faster than singles and racers move faster than recreational rowers, so caution is pertinent at all times.
- In general, row the lake in a counter-clockwise direction.
- Exercise caution when leaving or approaching docks.
- Faster moving boats have the right of way over slower moving boats.
- Be mindful of additional obstacles/ debris after a rain as well as stumps that become visible when the water level drops.
- Use caution when rowing in very cold or very hot weather (understand cold shock, hypothermia, and hyperthermia).
- Use caution when rowing in low light conditions. Use a bow and stern light to be visible to others.
- Do not row in dangerous weather (heavy fog, high winds, lightning, thunder). Check local weather for incoming storms.
- Carry a whistle or other sound making device in case of emergency.
- Row with a buddy when possible.
- The cove between the Boomerang and Sam Leake Boathouse should be thought of as a NO SPEED zone. Be mindful of rowers and non-rowers in the area.
- Along the dam is often an area of congestion. Be extra cautious of the traffic pattern and boats returning to the docks.
- When boats are approaching one another, follow the “right-hand rule” at all times. The passing boats should always be Port to Port. In other words, your craft should be thought of as a vehicle and you should stay to the right just as you would in your car.
Let’s keep the White Rock Lake safe and fun for everyone!