Captain’s Privileges Test – Practical Safety


___ Know which boat type and size to use for ability and considering weather conditions
___ Select an appropriate, matching set of oars, carry them to the dock blades first, and set them appropriately out of the way but close enough to retrieve. If leaning oars against the rack, handles should be out of the dirt.
___ Verbally describe the traffic pattern of Coventry Lake (Lake Wangumbaug)
___ Verbally describe the hazard areas of Coventry Lake (Lake Wangumbaug)
___ Ask for help to take boat from rack to slings; do so without hitting anything.
___ Check heel ties and check entire boat for missing or loose parts prior to launch.
___ Appropriately adjust foot-stretcher and spacers.
___ Put correct oars in oarlocks, starboard (dock side) oar first, and secure gates.
___ Remove shoes before stepping into boat, and leave shoes on dock or place in boat or on shore.
___ Make sure life jacket is in boat (unless launch is with you and is carrying the life jacket)
___ Get into the boat without stepping into the bottom.
___ Push off from dock without assistance.

ON-WATER (not necessarily sequential)

___ Immediately row away from the dock, following traffic pattern
___ Row with control of the set, clean feathering and squaring (full strokes after warm-up).
___ Complete a 360º river turn/turn-in-place in both directions (clockwise and counter-clockwise).
___ Back at least 10 strokes continuously, maintaining control and point.
___ Demonstrate awareness of surroundings by regularly checking ahead without stopping.
___ Row at least 10 full strokes with square blades continuously, maintaining control and point.
___ Demonstrate or describe how to pass and be passed.
___ Respond immediately to “Weigh enough, check it down!”, maintaining control and point.
___ Choose safe location to pull over to the side of the lake and describe what makes it safe.
___ Be able to safely get back into a boat if capsized OR swim it to shore to right it and get back in if flipped
___ Maintain safe course throughout row using pressure (not checking one oar to make turns).
___ Choose appropriate place and time to turn and cross the lake.
___ Communicate verbally with other lake users, if appropriate.
___ Follow traffic pattern at all times, remaining on correct side of the lake
___ While stopped, dip bottom nut of each rigger in water.
___ Cross in front of state boat launch safely
___ Land at dock without assistance, without hull hitting the dock.


___ Get out of the boat without stepping in the bottom.
___ Pull in and remove oars from oarlocks, port (water side) oar first, and secure gates.
___ Carry boat up from dock and place in slings without hitting anything.
___ Wash boat/wipe down
___ Ask for help to return boat to rack; do so correctly, without hitting anything.
___ Return to correct rack, in a matched pair and lock up.

*This information is subject to change per the Board of Directors at any time.