Many accidents occur as the result of uninformed or ill-considered decisions being made before leaving the boathouse. Weather and water conditions, time of day, the equipment and appropriate supervision, are all critical components that must be assessed in order to ensure that it is a safe rowing situation.

Safety starts before you go on the water . . . and safety is everyone’s business.

The following policies are currently in effect. All members should make themselves aware of the content of the FRC policies that are posted here.

FRC Code of Conduct (Members and Coaches)
FRC Cold Water Rowing Policy
FRC Guest Rower Policy
FRC Infractions, Sanctions, and Appeals
FRC Private Rowing Shell Storage Policy
FRC Rowing Safety Policy
FRC Shell Usage Policy

RCA has produced a Safety Video to promote and demonstrate safe practices for Rowers. The first four Chapters cover:

At the Boathouse
Getting Ready
On the Water
Returning to Land
This Video is now available online at:

English: RCA Safety Video for Athletes
Français: Video sur la sécurité de RCA

An Additional Chapter (5) for Coaches, outlines a coaches key areas of responsibility with respect to rower safety. This is available for download here:

English: RCA safety video for coaches
Français: Video sur la sécurité de RCA

We trust the posting of these videos will assist in the promotion of safety at your club – an important aspect of every club’s risk management program.

Please contact the RCA office if you have any questions.