GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION A GDRA Rowing Safety Presentation

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GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION A GDRA Rowing Safety Presentation Slide 2 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Basics and Safety Slide 3 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Rules on the Water Rule One: Always stay with your boat. Rule Two: Remember rule number one. The boat is your flotation device. Your oars are flotation devices. You are allowed by law to row with out more flotation than this. Remember the Rule of 4 Oars No swimming off dock or jumping off any bridges. Slide 4 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Boat Basics Stern Cockpit Bow Rigger Foot Stretcher Seat Tracks Deck Plug Oarlock Direction of boat Gunwhale Oar Slide 5 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Boat Basics (Oars) Blade Shaft Handle Hands Up Blade Down Hands Down Blade UP SleeveCollar or Button Slide 6 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Boat Basics (Oars) Blade Shaft Handle Blade Square Blade Feathered Slide 7 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Boat Basics Direction of boat Oars (Sculling) Slide 8 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Movement Metaphor Oars anchored in water Pulling on handles moves boat forward Slide 9 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Direction of boat Oars (Sculling) Oars anchored in water Movement Metaphor Slide 10 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION The gate is only open while inserting or removing the oar. The Oarlock Pin and Head nut Rigger ClosedOpen Gate Slide 11 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Boat Basics Direction of boat Oars (Sweep) 4+ Riggers Seat and Track Foot Stretcher Slide 12 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Crew Seat Designations Direction of boat 4+ Bow Two Three Stroke Coxswain Slide 13 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Boat Basics Direction of boatDirection of view Slide 14 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION The Rower in the Boat Foot Stretcher Track Seat Direction of boat Slide 15 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION The Oarlock Feather (recovery)Square (stroke) Slide 16 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION The oar in the oarlock Pin and head nut Shaft Sleeve Collar flat against oar lock at all times Rigger Inboard sideOutboard side Slide 17 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION The oar in the oarlock Collar not in contact with oarlock is unstable Slide 18 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Oarlock Orientation Your nose Your oarlock Direction of boat Slide 19 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Equipment Care Always check your equipment before you leave the boathouse. All Boats: Hull integrity Riggers adjusted and bolts tight. Seats in securely and roll smoothly Plugs in and secure Stretchers in and secure Alden: Oarmaster orientation correct Seat orientation correct Height of oar lock correct Clips in to secure to hull Track length set to your dimensions Slide 20 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Equipment Care All Boats: Protect fin from damage on dock. Protect rigger from damage by entering or exiting with rigger over dock. Oarlocks in correct orientation. Step only in correct place Oarlock gates must always be closed except while installing or removing the oar. Slide 21 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Rigger destruction Slide 22 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Rigger destruction The rigger can overlap the dock. The rigger to boat joint is delicate to eliminate weight. Holding the rigger rigid to the dock and stepping in the boat will break the joint. Slide 23 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Stepping through hull Slide 24 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Stepping through the hull. The hull has one place to step and a stretcher to hold feet while rowing. While transferring on the water a rower can step through the hull of a wooden shell. The hole can be huge. The hull will never be as fair again. Slide 25 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Equipment (returning) All Boats: Hull integrity Oarlock gates closed Seats in securely before lifting boat Plugs out and secure Stretchers in and secure Return oars to rack Wipe down boat to remove Miami River scum. Aldens: Never lift boat hull by grabbing the deck, riggers or oarmaster. Lift by the rub rails onto the cart. Slide 26 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Bow and Stern Bashing Slide 27 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Door Head Slide 28 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Heads Down Slide 29 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Not lifting together Slide 30 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Hull scrapes Slide 31 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Sling Bruising Slide 32 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Dock side damage Slide 33 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Safety Discussion Slide 34 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Why be concerned about safety? to reduce damage to yourself to reduce damage to other people to reduce damage to the equipment to reduce chances of bad publicity to reduce chances of legal action Slide 35 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Rules on the Water Rule One: Always stay with your boat. Rule Two: Remember rule number one. Slide 36 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION In Boat Safety Never let go of your oar while you are in the boat. Never step anywhere other than the spot provided. If you dont know where that spot is ask. Always stay with your boat. Slide 37 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Club Log Out Policy Always log out when you take any boat on the river. This allows the club to know: who you are and when you left where the boat is and when it left alerts the club to any boat damage if a boat has been damaged, it allows some understanding of how and helps to prevent the same occurrence in the future. Slide 38 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Club Log Out Policy Always log in when you return. Always make a notation of any damage incurred. If you notice that a boat has been out a long time: Check to see if the boat is in the house, as the rower may have forgotten to sign in. If you perceive a problem, call the person at home and if still concerned, notify the MetroPark Rangers and Dayton Police by dialing 911 Slide 39 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Island MetroPark The park is often desolate during the hours GDRA people row. Be careful and mindful of the private nature of activities in many cars. Be careful of the people wandering the docks. Always lock the boat house when it is empty. Always lock your car doors and then lock your car keys inside the key lock box inside the boathouse. Slide 40 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION We share the dock with fishermen who have nearly invisible lines in the water. Give them a generous space when you row by and be mindful of their lines. We share the park with Island MetroPark visitors who are non- rowers. Be courteous; they may want to join us. Island MetroPark Slide 41 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION We share the docks and river with Dayton Canoe Club and UD. They both present a hazard to you and your boat. Entering the river from the docks is hazardous. Always watch for boat traffic coming through the Helena Street Bridge. No power rowing between the Helena Street Bridge and the docks. Island MetroPark Slide 42 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Rules of the road The traffic pattern in the river is counter clockwise. (looking down) The traffic pattern for you in the river is right side going upstream, right side when going down stream. The river is like a road -- drive on the right and almost NEVER in the middle! Always stay with your boat. Slide 43 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION River Hazards Power boats The entire river is a no wake zone. UD puts many power boats on the river. Be extra careful. Visible Debris Submerged Debris Other rowers Buoys Bridges The wind and chop. Fishing lines Under water posts and pilings Slide 44 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION When not to row When there are white caps on the river. (high winds) Remember sheltered wind conditions change in different parts of the river. When you hear thunder or see lightning. Extreme cold When the dockside Height Stick is in the RED zone. Slide 45 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION While you are learning, row in the dock area. As you advance and are authorized to take a boat in the river stay between the Helena St. Bridge and the I-75 bridge. Most of the space between the bridges and around the docks is a no wake zone. Try to stay within visible range of your coach. Remember the Rule of 4 Oars. Where to row Slide 46 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Where to row Later when you are proficient: Rowing upriver toward I-75 bridge Rowing downstream the river often has heavy boat traffic. Beware of the low-head dam downriver from the docks and stay away! It is a drowning machine. Always turn and look frequently for traffic and debris in an un-coxed boat. Slide 47 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Boat house safety. Never sit on or step over a boat. Never run in the boathouse. Never hit the boats with another boat or hard object. Always leave oar locks closed. Always leave the boathouse locked when no one is in the house. Slide 48 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Clothing Dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Carry a water bottle to avoid dehydration. Shirts should fit tightly to avoid snagging your hands or in the tracks. Shorts should fit tightly to avoid snagging in the tracks. Running shoes may not fit the stretchers clogs. Wear deck shoes. Slide 49 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Darkness and Glare Slide 50 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Traveling Tips We have learned several things while traveling about loading, unloading, waiting and reloading. Slide 51 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Loading Operate with a check list. Have the whole crew know what to do. Have the whole crew there. Have the crews work as GDRA not their individual crews or boats. Its our trailer. Slide 52 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOCIATION Loading Eights hang over bed, go on top. Fours, go on bottom. Oars in the racks Riggers in the truck, taped together Slings, seats, tools, tents, etc. in the truck bed, or other appropriate vehicle. Slide 53 GREATER DAYTON ROWING ASSOC