Bow Certification Process

In order to take out a club boat without a launch on the water, at least half the boat must be Bow Certified. Please see the information below about the Bow Certification process and the experience required to become Bow Certified.

Below is a list of knowledge and skills necessary to take out a CPRA boat without a launch:

  1. Know general rules of rowing
  2. Know where to find current water and weather information.
  3. Know the basic traffic patterns and hazards, including:
    • Upstream on west side of river
    • Downstream on Sunbury side of river
    • Appropriate Northumberland Bridge arches to pass through
    • Intake
    • Sunbury dam
  4. Be able to safely steer a boat through all of the above patterns
  5. Be able to dock a boat in calm and rough water
  6. Be able to steer a double or quad, including:
    • Calling and keeping point
    • Rowing in a straight line
    • Calling and achieving both rate change and control
  7. Be able to rig a sculling boat without damaging the boat
  8. Know the purpose of basic rigging adjustments, including foot stretcher, track, rigger, and oar adjustments
  9. Know how to get back in a boat that flips or sinks and/or safely return the boat, oneself and crew to shore

Above all, the person taking out a CPRA boat is responsible for all the rowers in
the boat and the CPRA equipment.

The process for obtaining Bow Certification includes the following steps:

  1. The CPRA member obtains at least one full year of rowing experience. This usually means that the member has obtained rowing experience in club boats beyond the initial LTR or novice experience for one full year.
  2. The CPRA member self-identifies their interest in obtaining bow certification and communicates this interest to the coach.
  3. The coach and member discuss and agree on a plan to achieve the certification. The bow certification process may occur over the course of a season during coached rowing in club boats. However, the coach and member need to agree on the plan to achieve specific knowledge and skills, the period of skill obtainment, and the period of evaluation of rowing. It is the member’s responsibility to maintain the bow certification form and track one’s progress in obtaining the certification desired.
  4. Once the coach completes the bow certification form by initialing and signing the form, it is the member’s responsibility to submit the form to the Membership Chairperson so that a club record of certification can be maintained.
  5. A member will be certified to row a single scull without other personnel present only if that member can safely re-enter the scull. As a reminder, no one can carry a club owned boat singlehandedly.



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