Safety is a priority for RCRC Crew rowers, parents, coaches, and observers. Many accidents take place because uninformed decisions are made before leaving the boathouse or because of carelessness during practices and regattas. Weather and water conditions, time of day, equipment, and supervision are all critical components that must be considered not only for a safe training session, but a safe season.
All participants in rowing and sculling, including coxswains, should receive proper instruction in watermanship and technique, including capsize drills, from a coach. No one should put themselves or others at risk when on the water. This applies particularly to novices.