CALGARY ROWING CLUB SAFETY MANUAL STAFF TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS All staff members must have a minimum of a current Standard First Aid/ CPR training certificate. Instructors are required to have additional training and experience related to coaching and/or rowing. Additional first aid training is encouraged and requested for those Instructors which will take lesson groups to off reservoir sites. Prior to the start of each season the staff will partake in staff training. Most important among topics discussed is the use of first aid and emergency response procedures. The following information is posted in the Boat Bay and communicated to each staff member during staff training. CALGARY ROWING CLUB ACCIDENT / EMERGENCY PROCEDURES LEVEL ONE MEDICAL EMERGENCY (LIFE THREATENING): 1. Call 911 2. Once emergency has been stabilized notify CRC manager Emergency contacts: Police/Fire/Ambulance 911 2007 Glenmore Boat Patrol 371-8674 (C) rd Red Box outside 3 bay Direct Line to Boat Patrol Blair Rasmussen - Manager 289-5715 (H) 703-8039 (C) Carol Hermanson - President 242-1434 (H) 3. Fill in an accident report form. The accident must be followed up on later so include all pertinent information. LEVEL II EMERGENCY (NOT REQUIRING 911) 1. Administer first aid. If in any doubt as to appropriate care ask for help. Do not hesitate to call 911 if you are unsure of the extent of the injury. Do not transport a patient to the hospital yourself. 2. Fill in accident report form. 3. Notify supervisor of the accident. 4. Supervisor will notify parents of the accident. SAFETY PROCEDURES AROUND THE CLUBHOUSE Incident On Water Not Involving The CRC • Call boat patrol on radio (SE corner of the Boat Bay) • Follow up; ensure boat patrol has arrived, is any further attention from you required. Incident On Water Involving The CRC: • Decide if you or staff can safely deal with the incident • Offer all possible support to the staff. • Do not hesitate to call the boat patrol. • Review and debrief incident with staff to ensure appropriate response occurred. • Safety Consideration For Various Activities It is every staff members responsibility to pre plan and be aware of various safety considerations and emergency procedures for each separate activity. See specific procedures for regattas as outlined by Rowing Canada Aviron Ambulance Directions The Calgary Rowing and Canoe Club is located in North Glenmore Park. From Glenmore Trail follow Crowchild Trail south into the park. We are the big blue building located on the left side as you enter the park. (7300 Crowchild Trail S.W) Dock Safety All staff are encouraged to monitor the dock and the dock area for safety. Because of the high traffic flow, accidents and collisions tend to occur here more than elsewhere on the reservoir. Any break in the dock will be reported to the Boat Patrol immediately. The Calgary Canoe Club stores extra pins in the boat bay office in order to repair the dock if the Boat Patrol is not available. Coaches are to encourage crews to be as quick as possible on the dock and adjustments to equipment ought to be done prior to bringing equipment down onto the docks. Safe Boating Regulations Anyone driving the coach boat must have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card on their person. Personal Flotation Devices (Stearns Inflatabelts #C364)are required to be on the person or in the boat. Should the boat flip, the first priority is to inflate the PFD and then attempt self-rescue, should that be an option. No Swimming No landing on the shore other than designated areas/docks unless in an emergency situation No boating before sunrise and after sunset unless crew has appropriate lighting and is accompanied by a coaches boat. Lessson Groups/Youth Camps Prior to the start of every lesson and day camp program individuals are assembled on the lower deck. Instructors go over applicable city by-laws (PFD’s must be worn at all times, no swimming in the lake) and additional club safety guidelines depending on their activity. All lesson groups to be supervised by instructors at all times. Regattas / Special Events Boat Patrol will be informed of all regattas and special events occurring as part of the Rowing Club’s activities. In the case of regattas, the Boat Patrol is able to provide the judges stand with an extra radio to be used in case of emergency. Competitors must follow standard RCA regulations regarding the use of life belts and Pfd’s for all underage rowers. Additional safety boats will be used for regattas. In the case of a local regatta two safety boats will be on the water. For Divisional and Western Canadian regattas where competitor numbers increase, up to four safety boats may be on the water at any one time to ensure adequate safety. Refer to Rowing Canada Aviron Regatta Safety Rules for further details. Membership Requirements All members should be able to swim with confidence. This translates to approximately a Maroon Level or Aqua Quest 5. The CRC does not condone individuals swimming to shore in case of emergency and only acknowledges ones ability to swim as a factor of confidence while in the water should a shell capsize. All members must sign the waiver of liability, or have their parents or guardians sign should they be under the legal age of 18 yrs old. All members must inform the coach of any health problem that would affect their health and consequently their ability to row or compete. All rowers must view the safety video before going our on the water. All rowers must recognize and follow the traffic pattern (posted in the second boat bay) of the Glenmore Reservoir. They must also respect and be aware of other vessels using the same water. Each member understands that if a shell were to either swamp or capsize, they are required to stay with the shell and may not swim to shore. The shell and the oars are to be used as flotation devices where the rower crawls onto the shell to remove themselves from a potential hypothermia situation. Certain safety guidelines have been established and must be followed in regards to competitive athletes. However, because of variables involved, other rules may be enforced at the coaches discretion depending on the individuals and weather conditions. It is the coaches responsibility to ensure all athletes are aware of the safety rules and to enforce these whenever possible. Equipment Safety All training and competition boats must have sufficient fixed floatation to ensure positive buoyancy and floatation. All equipment must be in a condition that conforms to safe rowing standards. All motor boats or other craft used for coaching, officiating, or for regatta safety must meet the minimum requirements as set down in the Canada Shipping Act-Small Craft regulations, and as modified, amended or added to by Provincial or Municipal bylaws. Each motor boat operator must have their operators license on their body or a photocopy thereof in a waterproof jar in the coaches boat. In the case where photocopies are made, the originals must be in the Calgary Rowing Club office. It is recommended that all members of the CRC be comfortable with and instructed in the use of all equipment in the boathouse. This includes rowing shells, oars, the indoor rowing tank as well as the ergometers. Equipment safety ought never to take priority over the safety of an athlete in any situation. Site Safety Docks, buildings and surrounding grounds must be maintained in good condition free from any hazard that may compromise the safety of either a competitor or a spectator. A first aid kit shall be available in the Calgary Rowing Club office which is located on the first floor of the building. An A phone line which has direct contact with the Glenmore Boat Patrol is located on the Calgary Rowing Club exterior on the ground level east wall. A regular phone may be found located in the first boat bay attached to the outside of the Calgary Rowing Club downstairs office. A list of emergency numbers will be posted every year to ensure that their currency. Boat Transportation Safety The Trailer must be maintained and licensed to the standards of the Alberta Provincial Government. All drivers must be licensed to the standards of the Alberta Provincial Government Boats must be tied securely and individually to the trailer. Trailer hitch and the towing vehicle coupling must be absolutely compatible. Safety chains will be affixed between the trailer and the club truck Cold Water Safety During the cold water months of the season (May and October) the following rules must be followed: There will be no rowing after sunset or before sunrise unless appropriate lighting front and aft is placed on each rowing shell. The coach boat must be out on the water whenever a rowing shell is on the water. All boats are to use the buddy system of having at least one other shell to row with at all times should in case something untoward should happen. Novice rowers are not allowed on the water without a coaches direct permission and supervision. On water rowing will not begin before May 1 and will end October 31. Should there be ice on the water between these dates it will naturally determine whether or not rowing is safe at this time. The CRC maintains these rules over their club boats and strongly recommends those with privately owned shells also follow these rules. Athletes will be advised to dress in layers to help them adjust to the work outs and weather conditions. The Safety Boat The safety boat is to contain a first aid kit, blankets, a paddle and bailer. Tools for minor repairs to the shells will also be in the boat. Those in the safety boat must wear DOT approved life jackets and extra PFDs must also be carried in the boat. Coaches must be familiar with the operating of an outboard motor as well as the practical applications involved with rescuing athletes. Coaches boats will always approach a shell from the side where the wind will not push them into the shell, thereby further complicating a dangerous situation. When weather conditions are in question Environment Canada should be contacted for further guidance. All coaches will access wave and wind conditions before allowing boats onto the water. Boats will have safety lights on while rowing in the fog. Coaches have the power to refuse the athletes the right to row in weather conditions deemed unsafe. Coaches and members are to understand the symptoms of heat stroke and dehydration that accompany hot weather conditions. Water bottles, sun screen, eye protection and hats should be worn and carried by athletes during the on water season.