(Including Viking Boats)
Elementary - Curricular 2019
- Grade 6-8 Students Only
- Consult Risk Management.
- This activity page must be presented to the activity provider prior to the activity taking place. The activity provider must meet the minimum requirements listed on this page. For more information on planning trips using outside providers, consult Outside Activity Providers.
- Students must wear a correctly fitting and Transport Canada approved personal flotation device (P.F.D.)/lifejacket, with whistle attached, when near or on the water
- Shell inspected before each outing (for example, check for holes, cracks, loose hardware).
- Shell must have bow-ball in good repair.
- Each shell must be equipped with a signaling device and a watertight flashlight.
- Heel restraints on shoes must be in place and adjusted properly to permit effective extraction of feet during emergencies.
- Oars must be checked for splinters and cracks.
- Riggers and oar-locks must be secure and operate freely.
- Steering lines must be secure and operating correctly.
- One safety craft supervisor/instructor boat must be motorized and equipped as per Transports Canada's Safe Boating Guide. Examples:
- One CSA approved P.F.D./lifejacket of appropriate size for each member of the coach boat plus one for each member of the largest vessel;
- watertight flashlight;
- signaling device;
- motor in good repair, with sufficient gas for entire session;
- 23m (75’) floating rope
- Supervisor/instructor boat engine must be running before students leave dock.
- Coach boat must be equipped with a 60cm life ring with 9m floating lines attached in addition to the 15m heaving line.
- Must have bow and stern lights attached during poor visibility (for example bike lights, flashlights).
- Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn. A dry change of clothes must be available on shore.
- Coach boat occupants are required to wear a personal flotation device (P.F.D.) at all times.
- Glasses, if worn, must have a safety strap.
- When using an indoor rowing facility, the rules and regulations of that facility must be followed.
- Must have posted walking traffic pattern with hazards identified (for example, keep to right, dock slippery when wet).
- Must have phone with posted emergency numbers (for example, 911).
On the Water
- Course must be inspected before each use.
- Be aware of debris on course, especially after heavy rain.
- Supervisor/Instructor must inform students of debris.
- Be aware of water currents, especially those created by rapids and waterfalls.
- All sites must not include rapids and waterfalls.
- Teachers/supervisors must be aware of weather forecasts, especially wind conditions, temperature of the day, potential for thunder/lightning and fog conditions.
- Activity must be cancelled in adverse conditions and when there is poor visibility (for example, first sign of white caps).
- If inclement weather approaches suddenly, seek appropriate shelter immediately.
- Daylight rowing only.
- Students must be familiar with basic first aid, hypothermia, and injuries caused by extreme heat.
- Skill level must be appropriate for the water conditions.
- Students must receive instruction on safety procedures, use of equipment and rowing techniques prior to initial practice.
- All coaches must be knowledgeable of the established safety and capsize procedures. Coaches must outline these procedures to rowers and coxswains.
- If standards vary between the Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education and an activity provider, implement the higher standards.
- Should a shell swamp (take on water), rowers are not to attempt to swim to shore but stay with the boat using it as a flotation device and follow these steps:
- Crew numbers off and removes feet from shoes. Remain in place if possible.
- Make distress signal.
- If necessary, crew enters water in pairs from middle of boat, buddy up across boat.
- Coxswain buddies with stern pair.
- Swing oars parallel to shell to increase flotation.
- Unless rescue is imminent, move crew to bow and stern and roll shell over (fin up) with the wind. Crew should lie across hull, as far out of the water as possible, in pairs, holding on to the other person.
- Coach boat distributes PFDs on arrival and conducts headcount.
- Coach boat shuttles rowers to nearest shore. DO NOT overload coach boat.
- Conduct headcount on returning.
- Recover shell.
- Operator of boat must have Pleasure Craft Operator Card.
- In case of an emergency, a pre-determined return route must be established.
- Site specific rescue plan must be devised and shared with all supervisors and participants.
- A log book must be provided on-shore with all students and coaches required to sign out before launching and in upon returning.
- Students must be instructed to remain with rowing shell and oars for flotation and visibility purposes if an accident occurs.
- On-site supervision is required.
Supervision Ratios for Instructional Time
- One coach boat must be assigned for every 9 beginner rowers.
- Rowing (beginners): 1 instructor per 9 students.
- Viking Boats: 1 instructor per 15 students.
Rowing Instructor Qualifications
- Instructor expertise derived from one of the following:
- NCCP Rowing Technical Level I
- attendance at Rowing Canada Aviron Learn to Row Instructor’s workshop or equivalent within last 3 years
- Instructor in motorized boat within 500m (1640') of students during all on-water sessions.
- The operator of the craft must have Pleasure Craft Operator Card.
- At least teacher, trip guide, instructor, or supervisor must have a minimum of a current (not more than three years prior to the day on which the holder is on duty) first aid certificate (standard or higher) issued by one of the following agencies: St. John Ambulance; Canadian Red Cross; Lifesaving Society; Canadian Ski Patrol; or an organization whose certificate is deemed equivalent by the medical officer of health in the local health unit.