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You must refer to the Requirements for All Sport and Physical Activity (PDF 466KB) to understand your overall compliance responsibilities.

Parents or caregivers must be informed of full details of the location, supervision to be provided and activities to be undertaken when seeking their written permission.

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Teacher/Instructor Qualifications and Experience

The teacher/instructor must have appropriate expertise and/or training in the teaching/coaching of rowing.

All coaches must have at least a Level One qualification for beginners and a Level Two for coaching competitive rowers.

A teacher must be present who has recognised current training in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and emergency care.

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Where an adult other than a teacher accompanies the group to provide instruction, a teacher must still take overall responsibility for students.

The instructor/coach to student ratio should not exceed 1:12.

Principals and organising teachers should take into account such factors as age, experience, and maturity of students and experience of adult supervisors when arranging supervision. A teacher/supervisor to student ratio of 1:20 should not be exceeded.

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Suitable clothing would include cycling or rowing shorts and T-shirt. In competition all competitors should wear a 'zootie' in their school's designated colours. All rowers should also carry a water bottle on board with them.

All rowing craft must be of approved specifications and maintained in good condition.

Oars and sculls allocated to each craft are not to be interchanged.

A suitably equipped motorised rescue boat with an experienced operator should be provided in a ratio of one (1) rescue boat to six (6) rowing craft or any number up to six (6). This vessel must comply with all RMS requirements, particularly in regard to the number of passengers on board and with the number of life jackets carried.

A well-equipped medical kit must be readily available.

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The rowing area must be defined.

The teacher-in-charge or the instructor must have current knowledge of the area to be used and be certain of its suitability for the program and the group.

The teacher-in-charge must check with the Waterways Authority as to whether there are any restrictions on the use of the location chosen.

Rowing is not to be undertaken while ever commercial shipping lanes or areas of powerboat activity are in use by those craft.

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Students are not to participate in rowing unless they are capable of supporting themselves in the water without any artificial buoyancy by treading water, floating and slow swimming and swimming at least 100 metres without artificial buoyancy.

Novices must not be permitted to row in weather conditions where the water temperature is less than 16°C and where the wind speed is greater than 11 knots.

No boats should be on the water when storm conditions are developing and lightning can be reasonably expected.

Novices must be supervised from within the boat or an accompanying coaching boat.

Students are to be instructed never to venture out of sight of the teacher or instructor.

When coaching alone or at night, all rowing coaches must wear lifejackets when coaching from vessels/tinnies less than 4.8 metres in length.

Students are to be instructed to use adequate sun protection, e.g. an SPF50+, broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen reapplied regularly and a hat. Sunglasses to Standards Australia specifications should be worn.

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