Safety Guidelines and Expectations

The Safety Committee of the WRA has enacted a number of policies and procedures to help keep our junior and adult members safe. These policies cover many areas of safety; however, the Safety Committee expects all employees and users of the WRA to use Common Sense in applying existing safety procedures and policies to situations that are not covered.

LIGHTING AND VISIBILITY

All boats rowing out of the WRA must have a properly functioning bow and stern light when operating in the dusk or dark (1 hour before sunrise or 1 hour before sunset). Rowers are strongly encouraged to wear high visibility or reflective clothing (high-viz) to increase their visibility.

WEATHER

Always use common sense and know what you can comfortably handle. Rowing in heavy waves is structurally hard on our boats and requires better than average technique.

TEMPERATURE

During particularly cold weather (air or air+wind = 32 degrees or colder) the “4 Oar Rule” will be in effect. This rule is enacted for member safety.  When the 4 Oar Rule is in effect, no WRA club 1x or 2- is allowed to launch from the WRA without a safety launch.

BOATUSE CARD

All members of the crew must hold a current boat-use card and be checked out by an approved coach to go out on the water without a coaching launch.

PFD

One USCG approved personal floatation device (PFD) for each person on board.

SOUND

One sound signaling device per boat.

PHONE

One phone per boat.

LEAVE A RECORD

Always sign in and out of the logbook and make an entry on the WRA Boat Reservation Calendar. Be sure that someone on shore knows you are out on the water and when to expect you back.

HI-VIS

Dress for hi-visibility. It is VERY difficult for boaters to see rowers when shells are so close to the water. Wear light-colored, his-vis and/or hats to improve visibility.

TRAFFIC PATTERN

CURRENT WEATHER

Bellingham
57°
Clear
05:2921:03 PDT
Feels like: 57°F
Wind: 1mph ESE
Humidity: 67%
Pressure: 30.12"Hg
UV index: 0
FriSatSun
min 52°F
72/56°F
77/58°F