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Safety & Skills Reviews

Level 1

Checkouts for Level 1 can be carried out by any certified coach, but it is encouraged that a rower first approach their own coach as they will be most familiar with their rowing skill. A member checked out for Level 1 sculling can expect to continue participating with coached programs to further their rowing skills toward a Level 2 checkout. Members can schedule a checkout through the member dashboard.

Level 1  Sculling Checkout Requirements

 

Properly carry the shell to the dock and set it in the water.
If you are not able to carry it by yourself, then you must always have a helper

 

Demonstrate control when getting in the boat and pushing off the dock.

 

Row in a steady line at a low, steady rate with low power and demonstrate that you properly check your course.

 

Row in a steady line at a higher rate and power.

 

Hold water to stop the shell then back for at least 5 strokes.

 

Turn 360 degrees to port and starboard using both blades.

 

Demonstrate stability while rowing and looking over your shoulder to check your course.

 

Properly dock the shell.

 

Clean the shell and carefully put it away.

 

Remove the seat and replace it.

 

Loosen the tracks, then adjust and tighten them again.

 

Answer at least 5 questions correctly on the written test.

The purpose of a Level 1 checkout is to demonstrate that a rower has a basic knowledge of rowing skill, equipment, and an interest in the sport.


Level 2

Level 2 checkouts can be carried out by any certified coach, but it is encouraged that a rower first approach their own coach as they will be most familiar with their rowing skill. Coaches will take into account the rower’s judgement and ability to act safely on and off the water as well as their general attitude toward the sport and other members. A member checked out for Level 2 sculling can expect to continue participating with coached programs and to take out shells for recreation. Level 2 scullers can row at their leisure and on their own schedule, but are encouraged to row in doubles and small groups. Members with recreational intentions should NOT pursue a Level 3 checkout. Members can schedule a check out through the member dashboard.

Level 2  Sculling Checkout Requirements

Items in red indicate new skills to be tested.

 

Properly carry the shell to the dock and set it in the water.
If you are not able to carry it by yourself, then you must always have a helper

 

Demonstrate control when getting in the boat and pushing off the dock.

 

Steer to port and starboard while rowing.

 

Row in a steady line at a high rate and power.

 

Demonstrate the ability to row at a high rate/high power, low rate/high power, and low rate/low power while checking course.

 

Hold water to stop the shell, then back for at least 5 strokes.

 

Turn 360 degrees to port and starboard using both blades.

 

Demonstrate stability while rowing and looking over your shoulder to check your course.

 

Adjust the foot stretchers while on the water.

 

Properly dock the single between two other shells (or objects). 
May use plastic chairs ~35 ft apart, laying on the dock with legs sticking out over the water.

 

Clean the shell and carefully put it away.

 

Remove the seat and replace it.

 

Loosen the tracks, then adjust and tighten them again.

 

Demonstrate that you can remove and replace the foot stretcher.

 

Demonstrate rigging and de-rigging the shell.

 

Answer at least 10 questions correctly on the written test.

The purpose of a Level 2 checkout is to demonstrate that a rower can confidently and safely handle equipment on and off the water in addition to their ability to responsibly conduct themselves as a recreational rower.


Level 3

Level 3 checkout should be carried out by two board-approved coaches at the same time or separately, depending on availability. Coaches will take into consideration the rower’s ability to scull confidently without close supervision and whether or not the member can safely participate in a regatta. Level 3 checkouts are intended for members who wish to train regularly and show sound judgment of conduct on and off the water. Members can schedule a checkout through the member dashboard.

Level 3  Sculling Checkout Requirements

Items in red indicate new skills to be tested.

 

Properly carry the shell to the dock and set it in the water independently.

 

Demonstrate control when getting in the boat and pushing off the dock.

 

Steer to port and starboard while rowing.

 

Row in a steady line at a high rate and power.

 

Demonstrate the ability to row at a high rate/high power, low rate/high power, and low rate/low power while checking course.

 

Take 5 strokes and let the boat run for 5 seconds with your blades off the water at the finish.

 

Hold water to stop the shell, then back for at least 5 strokes.

 

Turn 360 degrees to port and starboard using both blades.

 

Complete a series of drills: 1) Rowing with your feet out of the shoes; 2) Pause drill at arms away; and, 3) Arms and back.
Coach can choose 2 or 3 drills that they feel need to be properly executed.

 

Execute a 5 stroke start with 5 high strokes.

 

Demonstrate stability while rowing and looking over your shoulder to check your course.

 

Adjust the foot stretchers while on the water.

 

Properly dock the single between two other shells (or objects). 
May use plastic chairs ~35 ft apart, laying on the dock with legs sticking out over the water.

 

Return the boat to the boathouse — pick it up out of the water, place it in slings, clean the shell, and put it in the boathouse or cage.

 

Remove the seat and replace it.

 

Loosen the tracks, then adjust and tighten them again.

 

Demonstrate that you can remove and replace the foot stretcher.

 

Demonstrate rigging and de-rigging the shell.

 

Place the single shell on the trailer and properly strap it down.

 

Answer at least 15 questions correctly on the written test.

 

The purpose of a Level 3 checkout is to demonstrate that a rower is vested in the sport, may be interested in competition, and is able to confidently and safely conduct themselves independently on and off the water as well as at a regatta.