Captain’s Privileges Defined

Captain's Privileges

Allowed to row with a buddy June 1-Sept 30th in the boat tested in (zephyr, maas aero, racer).

Captain's Privileges Plus

Allowed to row without a buddy June 1-Sept 30th in the boat tested in (zephyr, maas aero, racer).

Captain's Privileges Youth

Allowed to row without a buddy June 1-Sept 30th in the boat tested in (zephyr, maas aero, racer), additional restrictions may apply and are at the discretion of the head coach and board.

A = approaching C = competent M = mastery


  • PFD Requirements
  • Swim Test & Flip test/swim to shore
  • Knowledge of boaters right of way and
  • Verbally describe the traffic pattern
  • Knowledge of Hazards
  • Swamped/flipped boat protocol
  • Navigation Light requirements
  • Safe Conditions (wind, water temps, lightning, etc)
  • Knowledge of early season and late season requirements to row in a single
  • Knowledge of buddy system and acceptable distancesKnowledge of personal safety for conditions (clothing, hydration, etc)
  • Awareness of Hypothermia/Heat Stroke


  • Procedure for reporting equipment damage
  • Knowledge of boat partsKnows responsibility and procedures for captains privileges level.


  • Know which boat size(s) to use and which hulls are the correct size
  • Select an appropriate, matching set of oars, carry them to the water blades first, and set them on the land or dock, out of the way
  • Ask for help to take the boat from rack to slings or from the rack to the water; do so without hitting anything.
  • Appropriately adjust the foot stretcher and spacers if needed.
  • Carry the boat down to the dock and place it into the water bow first, without hitting anything
  • Put oars into the oarlocks correctly before getting into the boat
  • Get into the boat without stepping into the bottom of the boat.
  • Exit the dock or shoreline without assistance.


  • Demonstrate awareness of surroundings by regularly checking direction/point without stopping
  • Row at least 10 full strokes with square blades continuously, maintaining control and point.
  • Row with control of the set, clean feathering and squaring (full slide)
  • Navigate through a set up course without stopping
  • Back min. of 10 strokes continuously at full slide, maintaining control/ point.
  • Stop a boat completely at full pressure
  • Row at least 30 strokes at full pressure without crabbing (or flipping)
  • Complete a 360 degree water turn/turn-in-place in both directions (clockwise and counter-clockwise)
  • Demonstrates knowledge of traffic pattern and hazards
  • Demonstrate or describe how to pass and be passed
  • Respond immediately to “Weigh enough, check it down!” at full pressure, maintaining control and point
  • Choose a safe location to pull over to the side of the water and describe what makes it safe
  • Maintain a safe course throughout the row using pressure (not checking one oar to make turns)
  • Choose an appropriate place and time to turn and cross the lake. Spin 90 degrees, check for traffic, cross perpendicular, then spin the remaining 90 degrees to finish the turn.
  • Communicate verbally with other lake users, if appropriate.
  • Follow traffic patterns at all times, remaining on the right side of the lake and maintaining awareness of your location in regards to others on the lake
  • Land at dock or wet dock without assistance, in control


  • Get out of the boat without stepping in the bottom of the boat cleanly
  • Pull in and remove oars from oarlocks, water side oar first, if in sweep boat) and secure oarlocks
  • Carry boat up from dock and place in slings without hitting anything
  • Wipe down boat and follow current cleaning protocol
  • Ask for help and carry the boat and return to rack correctly
  • Wash oars and return to the correct rack, in a matched pair
  • Clean and strap down boat, and put away all equipment properly
  • Understand the necessity of returning the boat on time and checking it in using the log book system

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