RULES OF THE RIVER TRAFFIC
KNOW THESE WATERWAY TRAFFIC PATTERNS: All boats must keep well to the east bank going up the river, and all boats must keep to the west bank coming down the river and at all times.
1. All boats should pass port to port (port is on your right when sitting in the boat).
2. All boats leaving the docks have the right away but shall proceed out into the river with sufficient distance to allow space for those returning and shall row parallel to the west bank
3. Boats returning must give way to departing boats and shall proceed at an extremely low rate in a single file to ensure the safety of those boats leaving the docks.
4. Please stay to the north of the 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 markers, when rowing north of the North Boulevard Bridge (4th bridge if going up river). Please see map on page 33. That means you need to have the markers on your right. When coming down river or south, please stay in the channel. That means you need to have the markers on your right shoulder. This is to avoid collisions of boats in that area.
5. ABSOLUTELY NO RACING or HIGH STROKING of SCULLING AND SWEEP BOATS IS PERMITTED THROUGH THE CASS STREET BRIDGE (FIRST BRIDGE NORTH OR UP RIVER OF THE BOATHOUSE).
1. All boats must be equipped with a bow ball.
2. Each coaching launch shall be equipped with proper navigation lights and each coach shall carry a megaphone or electric speaking device.
3. All motor boats must be operated so that the driver will have 360 degree of visibility of the river at all speeds.
4. All motor boat drivers shall keep their boats wash to a minimum when passing other boats and shall proceed past the boathouse docks at idling speeds with no wash.
5. All equipment, including oars, should be washed in fresh water after use.
1. NO ROWER UNDER THE AGE OF 18 SHALL BE PERMITTED TO ROW UNESCORTED.
2. All rowers must know how to swim.
3. All boats and other equipment leaving and returning to the boathouse must be logged in the log book. Please enter rack number of boat in the comments column.
4. Launches must be equipped with approved life jackets for each person in the launch and the crews they are coaching. They must be equipped with all equipment required by the United States Coast Guard and the Florida Marine Patrol.
5. All boats shall display proper lights in darkness or periods of reduced visibility as required by the United States Coast Guard Inland Rules. It is strongly advised against rowing in darkness unescorted and in a boat that is improperly lighted. High school scullers/rowers may row only during daylight hours.
6. An entry MUST be made in the Rowing Log ANY TIME ANY boat is removed from the boathouse whether to row or to be taken to some other location. Include the rack number for the boat. If the boat is being taken to another location, such as a race, indicate this and the expected return time in the comments. Any equipment removed for more than a few hours must be reported on a Off Site Boat Use form.