Many people enjoying recreational rowing at weekends or in their spare time, and there are many clubs and organizations that offer rowing tours that the average rower can sign up for and take part. But because of the safety aspects of being on water and the physical nature of rowing as a pastime such touring organizations require certain conditions to be met before you can enlist on a rowing tour.
The conditions highlighted at the top of the page are just some of the requirements laid down by certain rowing tour organizations to be met by applicants. However, most recreational rowers do not enlist on organized tours and simply take their own boats down to the lake or river, but they can take great advice from the above list how to enjoy their favorite pastime and stay safe.
Experience in Rowing
As a novice how do you get experience in rowing without getting on the water for the first time? The short answer to this is that you need coaching by an experienced rower before you decide to go out rowing by yourself. Also it is advisable to be coached by local rowers who know the water and local conditions. This is especially important with sail boats, as judging the wind conditions is a paramount condition of sailing safely. Fledgling rowers need to gain experience of potential hazards also, to understand any possible risks and minimize them from happening.
Marine technology has advanced so much that there are now some great tools that can aid safety whilst on the water rowing. This technology include radios, phones, mobile weather applications, plus also all sorts of information available so that risk assessment is a science and not just guesswork.
Before you even think of going out rowing your boat must be equipped with the proper safety equipment, that you can turn to in emergency situations. These include, pumps, sponges, tow straps, cables and hooks, buckets, repair kits, and of course a first aid kit. There are also rudimentary kits that can be fitted to a boat that help protect the craft from waves, and keep the boat stable during rough conditions. There are also more simple things that should be packed for your personal comfort and protection. Sun protection, a sun hat, sunglasses, sun caps, drinking water, and of course a safety vest.
In part two of this blog on how to safely enjoy your rowing, we will look at other issues that you should consider when taking your boat out on the water. Things like good communication, assessing the water and weather conditions, and how to plan ahead for emergencies.
The more prepared you and your boat are, the more you will enjoy your rowing experience and take full advantage of this marvelous pastime. After all, different experiences enrich our inner world, leaving us with the something unique and, dare we say it, somewhat individual. Like any pastime, it can become one of the defining features of your character, as long as you pay enough attention to stay safe and cautious to enjoy it.