Below you will find Jordan Lake Rowing Club's Safety Policy. This document covers all aspects of ensuring safe conditions at all times. We share Jordan Lake and other venues with other boat traffic and it is every team members responsibility to put safety first at all times.
Although rowing is a water sport you may be surprised to know that most safety incidents in rowing happen on land, getting the boat onto, and off of the water. Following the correct process, listening to a coxswain's commands, listening to coaching instruction, remaining focused and alert at all times, will all help to ensure a safe and fun experience.
USRowing has produced a safety video with funding provided by a grant from the United States Coast Guard. Since the first safety video was released in the late 1980s, the number of rowing clubs in the U.S. has more than doubled and pleasure boat traffic has increased dramatically. The need for safety awareness has never been greater. Major and minor accidents have a direct impact on the lives of those involved and some incidents can have repercussions for the entire rowing community. The safety video has two main sections, one for everyone who is involved with the rowing program and the other for just coaches and administrators.
Safety is everyone's responsibility. Each Learn to Row participant and team member is required to follow all instructions given by our coaches and coxswains at all times. Failure to do so could result in being asked to leave the club - we have a no tolerance policy when it comes to any behavior that jeopardizes the safety of our team or others.
Please take the time to watch the US Rowing Safety Video and to familiarize yourself with the processes and procedures that guide every practice and outing. If in doubt ask.
In 2013 USRowing adopted SafeSport policies aimed at eliminating any forms of sexual misconduct, emotional misconduct, physical misconduct, bullying, harassment and hazing in our sport.
In 2016, the United States Olympic Committee established the Center for SafeSport. The role of the center is to work with all National Governing Bodies (NGBs) to assure compliance with SafeSport policies and procedures. USRowing has provided jurisdictional authority to the Center for SafeSport to investigate and adjudicate all issues of sexual misconduct. As a condition of membership, USRowing organizational members, such as Jordan Lake Rowing Club (JLRC), also must accept the jurisdictional role of the Center for SafeSport to investigate and adjudicate any issues of sexual misconduct within their organization.
SafeSport violations for behaviors other than sexual misconduct should be investigated and handled within each organization following its internal policies and procedures. After exhausting all remedies afforded by the organization’s policy, issues of misconduct may be brought to USRowing for investigation. Procedures and forms for initiating SafeSport actions within USRowing, or directly with the Center for SafeSport, are provided on the USRowing website. Organizational members may contact USRowing and speak with our staff for further guidance.
Below you will find JLRC's SafeSport Policy. If you have any questions about our SafeSport policy please direct them to our Board President and/or Coaching Committee Chair.
If you would like more information on US Rowing's SafeSport Program it can be found here on the US Rowing Website.