ROWONTARIO is committed to ensuring that anyone who takes part in rowing across Ontario has a positive and safe experience. This page has been designed to assist coaches, clubs and athletes in ensuring that they row safe.

Please note: links, templates and tools on this page have been provided as guidlelines and templates to work from. Anyone using material or links from this page does so under their own judgement.

Rowing is a safe sport when conducted with due consideration for the risks inherently associated with any outdoor water sport. There is the risk of personal injury from collision and the risk of drowning when rowing participants find themselves in the water. All risks are heightened in cold water. While contending with difficult weather conditions is part of the sport, safe enjoyment of the sport is the aim. Concern for personal safety must be paramount. Each club is responsible for assessing the risks in its particular environment and in establishing the appropriate safety procedures to minimize those risks. Nothing in this document in any way limits an individual’s responsibility for assessing his or her personal skills and for the outcome of his or her decisions and actions.Each member of Rowing Canada Aviron is responsible for knowing and adhering to the Transport Canada regulations, especially those applicable to rowing.

In all cases of accident involving injury or property damage, the RCA National Office shall be notified in writing immediately by an officer of the club. This is a contractual obligation under RCA’s liability insurance policy covering all registered clubs and members. See “Insurance Claims” in the Policies & Guidelines.

Safety for regattas is set out in the RCA Rules of Racing and RCA Sanction Form. Arrangements must be made to meet those safety requirements in order to obtain sanction to hold the regatta.