Cold Water/Weather Reminders
We want to remind rowers to be prepared for winter weather changes. Even if water and air temperatures remain moderate, wind and rain will increase the risk of a potential drop in body temperature and on-water safety issues.
– Dress appropriately w/ layers (& no heat draining cotton) as well as bring a change of clothes for when you get off the water.
– Days are short: be prepared for dark mornings and evenings. Use lights on your boats if launching or returning to dock in dim light.
– Check the Lowell weather on Accuweather. This is the agreed upon site for weather information.
– Be prepared for sudden changes in rowing conditions—this is a mountain lake and conditions can/will change rapidly.
– Practices may be cancelled due to wind, fog, ice, and temperatures below 30 degrees. Members should stay alert to upcoming possible bad weather.
– The coach will arrive early to the lake to check out conditions. If practice needs to be cancelled he/she will text one of the rowers at the carpool. Rowers at the carpool will attempt to text other rowers about the cancellation and post it on the spreadsheet. Check the spreadsheet before you head out to the lake.
– Emergency Supplies are kept in a labeled box under the counter in the boathouse for anyone in cold distress (fleece clothing, hats, mittens, pot to heat water, tea, emergency blanket). If you use any of these, let the Safety Committee know so we can re-supply.
-Additional information is included in the Safety Guidelines on the Safety page of the website.
ROWING WITHOUT A COACH: Be prepared for self-rescue if you flip into the water. You have less than 10 minutes before hypothermia and/or drowning become a danger as water and/or air temps go below 4o degrees. Follow the four-oars-on-the-water rule: ROW WITH A BUDDY!
With these precautions, we are fortunate to be able to row year-round.