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On-Water Checklist

LK Davidson Sculling Checklist


Before heading to the Nature Preserve:

·        Check the weather.  Do not row if the forecast calls for thunderstorms or winds in excess of 10 mph for experienced rowers, lower for newer rowers.

·        Reserve a boat on the Google document found here.

·        Wear: Trou or non-baggy bike-style shorts, fluorescent/bright top (to maximize your visibility on the lake), water shoes/aqua socks for wet launching, sunscreen.

·        Bring: Water-tight bag that can be secured in the boat for your phone and keys, water bottle, old towel for cleaning the boat, hat and sunglasses.

·        If attending a session with a volunteer coach, please meet your coach at the shell rack on time.  Coaches have a wait tolerance of 7 minutes after the designated time. If you are running late, text or call the coaches so they are not waiting lakeside.

·        During the summer of 2017, volunteer coaches/assistants will be at the shell rack on Wednesdays at 5:30pm and Saturdays and 8:45am. Please sign up if you plan to attend. Only those registered on the Sign Up Genius form will be notified if a session is canceled or changed.


At the Nature Preserve:

·        Unlock boat and oars (and pontoons if using – code for cable lock is 5266)

·        If taking out the 2x, carefully remove and secure the cover MAKING SURE NO DIRT OR DEBRIS GETS ON THE INSIDE OF THE COVER. Note: In order for the 2x to fit on the rack, the stern backstays are bungeed to the front part of the rigger. Carefully secure the riggers in place and safely store the bungees while you row. Don’t place the rolled cover on the ground and preferably place in the mid section of the racks above ground.

·        Bring oars, your water-tight bag, water bottle and anything else you plan to have in the boat to the shoreline.

·        Examine the boat for damage and if found, send email to [email protected]

·        Carefully remove the boat from the rack making sure you do not bump the riggers on other boats.  Carefully carry the boat to the water watching out for branches, tree roots and other obstacles.

·        Gently roll the boat to the water with the bow pointed towards open water.

·        Unlock the oar locks.

·        Grab the oars and place them in the oar locks making sure the knob of the lock closure is pointed to the stern/your foot stretcher. (Remember close to the toes.)

·        Remember not to step in the boat anywhere other than the deck or foot stretcher (otherwise you may break through the bottom of the boat).

·        Keep the oars in both hands with blades flat on the water to keep the boat balanced as you enter the shell.

·        Use the gunnels for balance -- do not put any weight on the back stays of the 2x.

·        Check your shell, rigging, and other gear closely before shoving off.


On the Water:

·        Be aware of your surroundings.  Turn your head frequently and recognize that you have blind spots. Early mornings there are often open water swimmers.  Usually they are with a group and have a spotter in a kayak or bright fluorescent marker/buoy – but sometimes they don’t and are difficult to see. Later in the day, you are likely to encounter people fishing, water and jet skiers, and folks on paddleboards, canoes and kayaks.

·        Should you flip:  Flipping will eventually happen to everyone.  The first few moments of entering the water will be a bit of a shock. Stay calm, relax, and remember to breathe!

·        Important reminders when you flip:

·        STAY WITH THE BOAT: The boat is now a lifeline to staying above water, and in your first moments in the water, you will need it the most. Drape yourself over the hull of the boat or grasp the riggers firmly.

·        RELAX AND ASSESS THE SITUATION: Take a moment to recover from the “surprise” of the flip and assess the situation. Relax and take deep breaths. Make sure you are completely recovered and in control before taking the next step in your plan.

·        ASSESS THE SITUATION: Were you injured during the flip? What are the weather conditions? Is it safer to swim the boat to shore or try to re-enter the boat is deep water?

·        During evening rows, pay attention to the time of sunset -- you need to allow sufficient daylight for safely securing the boat and oars.  


After your row:

·        Carefully place the rowing shell in the same bow/stern direction to its original rack location.

·        Examine the boat for damage and, if found, send email to [email protected]

·        If the 2x was used, carefully unscrew the bow backstays and secure them to the rigger with the bungees. Place the cover on the boat starting with the bow (zipper side) taking care that NO DIRT OR DEBRIS GETS ON THE INSIDE OF THE COVER.

·        Place oars on the rack and securely lock.

·        Check that everything is locked before you leave.

·        Please be a good steward of the Nature Preserve by disposing of any trash you find in the area.



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