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Mandatory Spring Safety Meeting videos now online!

After many years of conducting Spring and Fall Safety Meetings at the boathouses, we have decided to upload video presentations so that you may now view them in the comfort of your home, at your convenience.

Please remember that the TRRA rules require anyone who is responsible for the safety or steering of a boat (coaches, scullers, kayakers, steerspeople and coxswains) to review this material twice per year.

The Safety Committee will be working on refinements to the videos in the future, so please recognize that the format is a work in progress. Coaches, please take the time to share the videos with your coxswains (and/or your entire team).

After viewing the video, please complete the brief survey, which replaces the old sign-in sheet. Here are the links for all three:


Completion survey - Mandatory!

Allegheny River Traffic Video for Rowing and Paddling Shells (not part of the mandatory viewing, but very informative!

In addition, we encourage everyone to view the USRowing Safety video, either through your team or program, or on your own. As that video is not available online, please contact the office to make arrangements to view the video at one of the boathouses.

A reminder regarding lights: if you plan to row before or after sunset, the new light rule requires bow and stern lights to be affixed to the shell, with the exception of stern-coxed boats, where they may be worn by the coxswain. A rower may wear additional lights on the body for extra visibility if desired. A spotlight must also be carried in any coaching launch in the dark.

More useful links:

Safety Matrix

Safety Rules

Please use caution as you take to the water early in the season, as the cold, fast-moving waters of Spring present special safety challenges.