Always carry oars with the blades in front of you, preferably one in
each hand to help prevent scratching. People have gotten very creative
lately with carrying oars every which way – backwards, on shoulders, a
whole bunch at once… and frankly, it just looks like we don’t know what
we are doing, as well as making contact with someone’s head or boat or
the boathouse wall more likely. With the blades in sight, its less likely
you will hit them against something and damage them. On the dock, oars with a protective piece at the tip should be put with the tip down, making it less likely that someone step on the tip and break it off.