Safety on the Water

We do not row if conditions are unsafe.


Coaches decide whether it is safe to row. They base their decision on a number of factors including, but not limited to:

  • TEMPERATURE - Crews are not permitted to row if the temperature is 1 degree or lower or the dock is frosted over.
  • WIND - Crews are not permitted to row if Wind Speed or gusts are above 25 km/h.
  • LIGHTNING - Crews are not permitted to row if there is lightning anywhere in the skyline. Crews must wait 30 minutes after the last visible lightning flash to launch.
  • FOG - Crews are not permitted to row if Bay Street Bridge is not visible due to fog.


  • WHISTLE - You need a whistle while on the water (We sometimes have whistles for sale – see Carol Cooper or email
  • DAYLIGHT - If any part of your row will not be in full daylight, then you must have lights for your boat. (Chris Blondeau ( can order a set for you).
  • CLOTHING - For other boats to avoid you, they have to be able to see you. Please wear light or high visibility clothing, especially in dim light.
  • WARMING - If you end up in the water, we have a safety response agreement for access to the showers in the gym above the boathouse

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