For Capsize and Immersion Drills
1. Demonstrate the ability to "Tread water" for
2. Demonstrate the ability to swim 100 meters
(half at least on the back "life-saving
wearing swimming costume, leggings and a "T" shirt
3. Be shown the procedure of capsizing a sculling
boat, firstly without the blades in situ and then
with the blades in situ. (This process is to demonstrate to the athlete
how easy it is to capsize a boat without blades in situ and thereafter
how almost impossible it is to capsize with blades in situ so
as a basic set of rules is adhered to!
4. Be shown the procedure required, after a capsize,
to swim on back, with the boat.
5. Be shown the procedure called "Buddy Rescue" where
another person in a sculling boat can help an athlete in the water
back to safety
6. Demonstrate the ability to remove Track Suit
bottoms and trainers whilst in the water. This is done under separate
in the diving area. NB the trainers should be entirely free from
Items 1 and 2 are MANDATORY.
Item 3 to 6 do not require a "pass" as
such but are included in the process as an exercise in confidence
building. The capsize drills are therefore not a test but the very
first stage in the process of providing the athlete with the skill
of being able to handle a single sculling boat.
Initially we require athletes to
wear life jackets or buoyancy aids - either their own, or those
provided by the club. It is
a Club requirement for athletes to reach a
3) to demonstrate their competence
in each class of boat - crew scull or single - before they are
allowed to scull without this assistance.