Safety Handbook

Individual Responsibilities

Everyone
• Dress appropriately for the weather conditions .
• Drink water before, during and after an outing.
• Be responsible for your own medication (e.g. sun cream, plasters & tape).
• Have dry clothes to change into after an outing.

Coaches
Coaches must plan outings that are within the capabilities of their rowers and account of the weather conditions.
During an outing
• carry a mobile phone programmed with all of the emergency phone numbers
• have easy access to space blankets and throw lines.
After an outing
• Ensure any boat damage is reported to the equipment officer.

Coxes/Steers
Prior to an outing
• Check that the Bow ball is securely attached
• Check the steering lines/mechanism and rudder are working correctly.
• Ensure the boat is carried out safely and undamaged.
During an outing
• All coxes must wear a personal flotation device over their clothing and know how to use it.
• Coxes and steers are responsible for the safety of their crew and other water users.
• To boat out of LRC all coxes and steers must be able to demonstrate to the Club Captain that they are able to give clear voice commands, steer a straight course and be able to perform an emergency stop.
After an outing
• Assist with the boat cleaning.
• Ensure that the boat is returned to the boathouse safely and undamaged.

Rowers/Scullers
Prior to an outing
• Carry the boat to the water safely and without damaging it.
• Help carry the oars/sculls to the pontoon
• Check your heel restraints are attached.
• Check the button on your oar is secure
• Check your rigger and seat are working correctly.
• Close all hatches to buoyancy compartments.
• Ensure your gate is securely closed.
• When you number off you are confirming that all these check have been completed.
During an outing
• Respond to all calls from cox/steer immediately.
After an outing
• Help with the cleaning of the boat or return the oars/sculls to the boathouse.
• disinfect your oar handle if a blister has burst during the outing