ERC Policy on Rowing Club Boats Outside of Regular Practice Time

Please note that this policy applies only to club boats.

Hours

1.    Access is not guaranteed — Rowing club boats outside of your regular practice times needs to take place when the club is open. Please be aware that:

  • The hours ERC staff are on site may vary from day to day, for a variety of reasons.
  • Programs may not always follow their regular schedule, for a variety of reasons.
  • ERC staff have no obligation to open the club so that you can row outside of regular practice times.
  • The club will not issue keys to members so they can row.

2.    Confirm club schedule to avoid disappointment — To avoid disappointment, please contact the club manager in a timely fashion to confirm open hours.

Please note that experienced sport rowers may continue to row on Sunday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. without notifying ERC staff. All other points in this policy apply to Sunday-morning sport rowing.

3.    Confirm a start time and end time for your row — Please confirm with the club manager what programs may be on the water when you plan to row. Please then coordinate with the appropriate ERC staff (e.g., coaches, manager, summer students) to confirm a start time and end time for your row. This is to avoid mishaps, such as staff accidentally locking you out of the boathouse when you are still on the water.

4.    Be off the water by 7:30 p.m. — Please be off the water by 7:30 p.m. at the latest. This is to reduce the possibility of errors about storing equipment and locking up the boathouse overnight.

5.    Make inquiries in a timely fashion — Please be aware that ERC staff work hard to operate the club for everyone’s enjoyment and they have many duties. They may not respond to your inquiry the same day you make it. Plan to make inquiries:

  • at least one day before a weekday row
  • by Thursday for a weekend row

Boating

6.    Programs take priority — When you have established what programs might be on the water when you plan to row, please coordinate with the coaches of those programs about what boats are available for you to row (programs take priority). Please be aware that programs may not always follow their regularly scheduled times for a variety of reasons, and ERC staff may not respond to your inquiry the same day you make it.

7.    Follow the sticker protocol — In addition to point 6, only boats marked with a green sticker are available for use outside of regular practice times.

Please note that experienced sport rowers may also use blue-sticker boats on Sunday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

8.    Row what you know — You may only use boats you have experience with (for example, this is not the time to row a single if you have little experience in a single).

9.    Boats cannot be reserved — Please note that ERC staff will not reserve any particular boat for you. Please expect to accommodate yourself to the boats available when you arrive to row, within the requirements of points 6, 7, and 8.

Safety

10. You must be at least 18 years of age.

11. You must have at least one full season of rowing experience (but please note that this will not qualify you to row in all conditions: you must use good judgement).

12. You may only row provided conditions are safe.

Safe conditions depend on:

  • weather (e.g., wind, thunderstorms, temperature)
  • river conditions (e.g., water level, flow rate, water temperature, river debris)
  • time of day
  • your skills and experience as a rower
  • good judgement on your part

You must follow RCA protocols about rowing at dawn and dusk, and about thunderstorms. It is up to you to know these protocols.

You must abide by rowing closures imposed by the ERC for any reason. You must keep yourself informed about closures.

Before you row and during rowing, you must use good judgement to assess conditions and decide how they may affect your safety, given your abilities as a rower. Conditions that are safe for more experienced rowers may not be safe for you.

Please be aware that you have assumed the risks of rowing by signing the club liability waiver when you joined the club.

13. Please make sure you sign out and sign in.

14. You may only row stretches of the river that you are familiar with. Do not attempt to row stretches you are unfamiliar with.

15. There will be no safety boat on the water designated for you. Therefore, you must wear a personal flotation device (PFD), and have a whistle and hand bailer with you at all times.

16. You must provide your own PFD, suitable for rowing. Please consult the club manager if you need guidance on purchasing an appropriate PFD.

Punch card membership

17. Individuals with punch card memberships are not permitted to row outside of regular practice times.

Lock-up procedures

18. If you are the last person off the water, you are responsible for locking up the club and for knowing the lock-up procedures. Please check with the club manager if you need more information about the lock-up procedures.

Violations

19. Violation of this policy may result in the suspension of rowing privileges without refund.