Water Safety

Rowing is a very safe sport but it takes a safety-minded club to keep it that way. Please refer to USRowing's Safety Page for many helpful links and more detailed information.

Some important things to consider are:

  • There is always a need to move in a safe and defensive manner while on the lake. Rowers sit facing backwards and generally move at a faster pace that kayakers or canoeists. 8+s move faster than singles and racers move faster than recreational rowers, so caution is pertinent at all times.
  • In general, row the lake in a counter-clockwise direction.
  • Exercise caution when leaving or approaching docks.
  • Faster moving boats have the right of way over slower moving boats.
  • Be mindful of additional obstacles/ debris after a rain as well as stumps that become visible when the water level drops.
  • Use caution when rowing in very cold or very hot weather (understand cold shock, hypothermia, and hyperthermia).
  • Use caution when rowing in low light conditions. Use a bow and stern light to be visible to others.
  • Do not row in dangerous weather (heavy fog, high winds, lightning, thunder). Check local weather for incoming storms.
  • Carry a whistle or other sound making device in case of emergency.
  • Row with a buddy when possible.
  • The cove between the Boomerang and Sam Leake Boathouse should be thought of as a NO SPEED zone. Be mindful of rowers and non-rowers in the area.
  • Along the dam is often an area of congestion. Be extra cautious of the traffic pattern and boats returning to the docks.
  • When boats are approaching one another, follow the “right-hand rule” at all times. The passing boats should always be Port to Port. In other words, your craft should be thought of as a vehicle and you should stay to the right just as you would in your car.

Let’s keep the White Rock Lake safe and fun for everyone!

Click here for a White Rock Lake map with traffic pattern details (pdf)