RULES OF THE RIVER AND CLUB
KNOW THESE WATERWAY TRAFFIC PATTERNS: All boats must keep well to the east bank going up the river, and all boats must keep to the west bank coming down the river and at all times.
1. All boats should pass port to port (port is on your right when sitting in the boat).
2. All boats leaving the docks have the right away but shall proceed out into the river with sufficient distance to allow space for those returning and shall row parallel to the west bank
3. Boats returning must give way to departing boats and shall proceed at an extremely low rate in a single file to ensure the safety of those boats leaving the docks.
4. Please stay to the north of the 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 markers, when rowing north of the North Boulevard Bridge (4th bridge if going up river). Please see map on page 33. That means you need to have the markers on your right. When coming down river or south, please stay in the channel. That means you need to have the markers on your right shoulder. This is to avoid collisions of boats in that area.
5. ABSOLUTELY NO RACING or HIGH STROKING of SCULLING AND SWEEP BOATS IS PERMITTED THROUGH THE CASS STREET BRIDGE (FIRST BRIDGE NORTH OR UP RIVER OF THE BOATHOUSE).
1. All boats must be equipped with a bow ball.
2. Each coaching launch shall be equipped with proper navigation lights and each coach shall carry a megaphone or electric speaking device.
3. All motor boats must be operated so that the driver will have 360 degree of visibility of the river at all speeds.
4. All motor boat drivers shall keep their boats wash to a minimum when passing other boats and shall proceed past the boathouse docks at idling speeds with no wash.
5. All equipment, including oars, should be washed in fresh water and soap after use. All vents must be opened after use.
6. You are responsible for repairing any damage done to equipment. Report all damage on the Equipment Report Form. If the equipment is usable then place a Do Not Row tag on it. These tags are kept in the drawer on the kiosk.
7. Boats are assigned racks by the club and subject to change based on club needs at any time. Boats cannot be moved to a new rack without the express approval of a current club officer. Boats cannot be locked to a rack.
8. Boathouse bays must be locked such that either lock can unlock the chain when no members are present.
1. NO ROWER UNDER THE AGE OF 18 SHALL BE PERMITTED TO ROW UNESCORTED.
2. All rowers must know how to swim.
3. All boats and other equipment leaving and returning to the boathouse must be logged in the log book. Rack number is required.
4. Launches must be equipped with approved life jackets for each person in the launch and the crews they are coaching. They must be equipped with all equipment required by the United States Coast Guard and the Florida Marine Patrol.
5. All boats shall display proper lights in darkness or periods of reduced visibility as required by the United States Coast Guard Inland Rules. It is strongly advised against rowing in darkness unescorted and in a boat that is improperly lighted. High school scullers/rowers may row only during daylight hours.
6. A complete and legible entry MUST be made in the Rowing Log ANY TIME ANY boat is removed from the boathouse whether to row or to be taken to some other location. Include the rack number for the boat and the name of every person in the boat. If the boat is being taken to another location, such as a race, indicate this and the expected return time in the comments. Any equipment removed for more than a few hours must be reported on a Off Site Boat Use form.
7. Every person, regardless of age, must have a signed waiver before they use any equipment in anyway. The waiver is online.
8. A member can bring one guest at a time to row with them. Guests can row up to 3 times before becoming a member.
Revised July 31,, 2019