General Safety Guidelines

We ask our members to be aware of their surroundings and keep safe rowing in mind while on the river. The stretch of river between the GA-400 bridge to the Morgan Falls Dam is a very popular area for water recreation and can quickly become congested.

Stuff happens…

First of all: consult the ARC’s ‘Safety Rules And Regulations’!

Know the river, know the obstacles – and look around often.

And most importantly: stay in the proper rowing channels – always close to your starboard shore.

IF SOMETHING HAPPENS – National Park Service:
call Ranger Dispatch – 678-538-1273
or Ranger Sean Perchalski – 678-538-1267

Row only in safe areas – refer to the river map (also in the boathouse). Row only on the starboard side of the river. Note that this ‘rowing channel’ winds like a “snake in a tunnel” down the river, avoiding the sandbars on either side: stay on the starboard side within that channel. Be aware of other users of the river, many of which do not know the idiosyncrasies of our sport (that we’re rowing backwards, for example) and follow very different traffic patterns.

If you are an inexperienced rower, an experienced rower or a coach should accompany you on the water.

Be sure to take drinking water with you to maintain a high fluid level. Sunscreens are a must from spring through fall.

While on the water, keep the noise level down so as not to disturb neighbors along the river. The National Park Service has noise level rules that must be respected – do not use amplified bullhorns.

Water Conditions

DANGER!! Thunderstorms
Do not launch during any thunderstorm, nor if weather conditions are prone to produce thunderstorms – if you hear thunder, that’s a sign… Check the local weather on the computer station at the boathouse; the radar will show you what’s coming.

Check the conditions of the water. The river is known to carry a great deal of debris and the current can be strong. This is especially true after it has rained and the river is high. Many shells have been damaged due to floating logs or logs that have lodged on the river bottom after a storm, so please exercise caution after a rain.

Conditions on the river can change very quickly. Watch for any change in the weather conditions. If in any doubt, do not launch. If you are already on the water, use any means to protect yourself from adverse weather conditions. DO NOT GO ON THE WATER IF CONDITIONS DO NOT PERMIT A SAFE ROW!

Fog Do not row if you cannot see across the river at water level.

Wind Exercise extreme caution during windy conditions. Do not launch if white caps form.