NBC Club Policies

All members are responsible for reading and becoming familiar with the full text of the Policies and Procedures of NBC. Please see also the Club Constitution. Both can be found here. Below is a summary of some of the more commonly relevant club policies.

NBC Waiver: Universal Release of Liability

All members and class participants need to sign the NBC Universal Release of Liability upon joining or renewing as a member, and before taking a class. The waiver must be renewed yearly.

NBC Safesport Policy

NBC has adopted USRowing Safe Sport policies. All of our coaches have SafeSport Certification and complete the annual Concussion in Sports certification program through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Certification of Rowers

See Policies and Procedures, Section 4.

Certification of scullers is determined by the Captain, based on the following criteria:

1. To advance from a “D” Single (Zephyr) to a “C” Single (Dolphins and Peinerts marked “C”) a rower must scull a minimum of 50 miles in a Zephyr (or a sculling class) and pass an evaluation by the Captain or Lieutenant.

2. To advance from a “C” Single to a “B” Single a rower must scull a minimum of 200 miles in a “C” Single and pass a rowing test administered by the Captain or Lieutenant. The following must be successfully completed:

a. Display good “rowing form”

b. Row with no feather without tipping or stopping for 30 strokes

c. Do 360 degree river turns in both directions

d. Emergency stop from at least 20 SPM at full pressure without flipping

e. Row, steer, and navigate continuously without stopping to look frequently

f. Land against and with the current

g. Land rowing in and backing in

h. Launch from mid-dock without assistance

i. Demonstrate how to take out a boat and return a boat to its rack in the boathouse

j. Take and pass an ad hoc oral navigation quiz

k. Explain “low tide” rowing rules

l. Explain procedures for reporting and taking responsibility for equipment breakage

m. Explain pre-launch activities (weather check, sign out, lock doors)

n. Explain cold weather and darkness rowing restrictions

o. Demonstrate the proper way of adjusting foot stretchers and oar lock heights

3. To advance from a “B” to an “A” Single a rower must scull a minimum of 1000 total single sculling miles (including from the Zephyr onward) while maintaining a record of responsible navigation and compliance with the safety rules, have a record of compliance with the policies and procedures, and have demonstrated taking responsibility for equipment used.

Using Club Equipment

See Policies and Procedures, Section 3.

1. Use only boats that you are certified to use by the Captain.

2. Unless you are using your own private oars, use Club oars located on the river side of the boathouse.

3. Boats can be reserved through the NBC Logbook.

5. All boats must be signed out in the logbook before launching and signed back in with trip mileage upon return.

6. Boats should both launch and dock facing south.

7. If no one else is in the boathouse when you launch, make sure to close the overhead door to the boat bay.

8. Please consult sections 3.2–3.3 of the Policies and Procedures document for detailed instructions on taking a boat out of the boathouse and launching.

9. Always wash your boat after rowing, especially the tracks.

Bowing a Quad

1. NBC members must be 4X bow rated in order to sit in bow seat in an NBC 4X. A list of members who are so rated is posted on the cabinet next to the computer. In order to become 4X bow rated members must have achieved and held an “A” sculling rating for not less than 2 years and pass a test which shall be administered by the Captain or his designee. Testing rubric can be requested from the Captain. NBC members with a 4X bow rating can sit in bow seat in any NBC 4X and row in any conditions subject to the weather limitations per NBC Policy’s & Procedures.

2. NBC members can also be granted a “Conditional 4X bow rating.” Members with this rating can sit in bow seat in the Jumavia or Rounseville. They are not allowed to bow in low light conditions as defined in the Policies and Procedures, nor are they allowed to row south of the I-195 freeway bridge. They are not allowed to bow in races. All scullers in the 4X must be A or B rated. Criteria for obtaining a conditional 4X rating can be obtained from the Captain.

3. Liability for damage to an NBC 4X shall be shared equally by all scullers using a boat that sustains damage regardless of the cause.

The exception to the above requirements is during participation in formal NBC classes and/or programs where there is an instructor in a launch following/coaching the boats.

Using Club Equipment Offsite

Off-site use of car-topped or trailered club boats is subject to the Captain’s permission. The fee is $25/person/day or $75 for unlimited off-site use for one season. The same fee applies to trailer space for private boats. See the Sign Up page to pay.

Damage to Equipment

See Policies and Procedures, Section 3.8

All damage, whether minor or major, must be reported on the whiteboard behind the computer desk and to the Captain and the Fleet Manager: please send an email to repairs@rownbc.org. If the boat is not rowable, put a “Do Not Row” tag on the rigger.

Boat crews are responsible for repairs to damaged boats, including paying a deductible for the boat repair if needed. Deductibles are as follows:

  1. Single $‎250.00
  2. Double $‎350.00
  3. Four or quad $‎500.00
  4. Eight $‎1000.00

Navigating the River

See Policies and Procedures, Section 3.4.

Follow these common-sense rules: When rowing up river, keep to the East Providence half of the channel or river. When going down river towards the bay, stay on the Providence side. All traffic should pass port to port. Do not row on the race course when the tide is low.

For maps and a detailed description of navigating the river, consult Navigation Rules for the Seekonk. Know and understand this document!

Click here to view the video of navigation rules.

Seasonal and Weather Restrictions

See Policies and Procedures, Sections 3.12–3.13

1. From December 22nd to February 28, there is generally no rowing. In colder weather months (November, March, April), the captain determines when rowing is permitted, based on water temperatures.

2. In March and until water temperatures are warm enough, a motorboat for safety must accompany all rowers without exception.

3. During the months of April, November, and December, and anytime the captain determines that the water is cold enough, rowers must use the “Four oars on the water” system. That means “A” and “B” single certified rowers may row, and must be accompanied by at least one other person, whether in the same boat or another. Singles must stay within 250M of another boat. Rowers of any other classification may only row in classes under the direct supervision of a coach during this period.

4. FOG: Rowers may not row in fog unless the Henderson Bridge is visible from the garage door of the boathouse. If the Henderson Bridge is visible but the red buoy #6 north of the boathouse is not visible boats may proceed to the South only and may not row beyond Marston Boathouse.

5. ICE: Rowing is not permitted when there is ice on the river.

6. LIGHTNING: Do not row in an electrical storm. If the storm is upon you, take your boat ashore and wait for the storm to pass. It is recommended to wait 30 min after the last sign of lightning before going back out on the water.