The use of coach/safety boats either by coaches or athletes is under the direction of the Club Manager who will assign them as necessary.

All drivers of Club coach/safety boats must possess a Canadian Coast Guard Pleasure Craft Operator’s License.

In the event of an on-water emergency, when there are no other coach/safety boats on the scene, any member available should unlock and take that boat to assist with the situation. The keys for the safety boats are hanging in the west boathouse.


Before Launching


1.     Decide on a group plan, including a meeting point.  

2.  Grab a key/kill cord and fuel tank. Make sure there is sufficient fuel for practice (at least half-full for 90 minutes).


You Must Have:


1.     Pleasure Craft Operator’s License

2.     Life Jacket

3.     Kill Cord Attached to Wrist

4.     Bailer

5.     Flashlight

6.     Buoyant Throw Line (Not less than 15m in length)

7.     Paddle

8.     Life Jackets for All Crews (Minimum 9 in Boat)

9.     Sound Signaling Device (Whistle)

10. Navigation Lights if operated before sunrise, after sunset, or in periods of low visibility

11. Charged Cell Phone


On the Water


1.     You must be aware of how your wake affects the rowers in your group and other crews on the water. Slow down for passing crews.

2.     The safety boat operator must be prepared in an emergency or capsize and let crews know if they are not following the safety pattern.

3.     Allow a rower in the water to swim to the boat. Turn off the engine. Only assist a rower if necessary, as the boats are unstable. Climbing up the stern using the engine as support can be of assistance.


Docking & Post-Row


1.     When approaching the club, proceed slowly, and stop the engine well before shore. Tilt the engine up and paddle to shore. Boots are recommended.

2.     Pull the boat up onto shore and make sure it is locked. If the lock is missing or does not work, tie the boat to the chain and contact the manager. NEVER LEAVE A BOAT UNTIED.

3.     Remove the gas tank from the boat by releasing the connector to the gas tank, and return it to the locker. If it is empty, refuel at the locker using the black funnel. Hanlan’s four-stroke engines use straight (clear) gas only. If in doubt, ask which jugs are designated for Hanlan’s outboards.