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Rowing Safety Information

The San Diego Rowing Club maintains a set of Rules and Regulations that encourage and enforce a safe rowing environment in Mission Bay. These Rules and Regulations are agreed upon by all rowing organizations that share Mission Bay, including, but not limited to CCHS, UCSD, USD, SDSU, ZLAC, CRSD, and MBAC.

It is expected that all SDRC rowers, their guests and visitors, be familiar with the traffic pattern and follow all recommended safety procedures.

In Case of Emergency

  • Dial 911

Safety Documents

Guest Rowers

We hope you enjoy your visit to San Diego and Mission Bay. As a Guest rower, please read the guest rowers policy so that you understand where and when you can safely row in Mission Bay.

How to Flip Your Boat and Get Back In

Disease Prevention Guidelines for SDRC

The San Diego Rowing Club is concerned about the overall health of the rowing community and these guidelines have been developed to minimize exposure to infectious disease or bacterial infections from other rowers or pollutants in Mission Bay.

The basis of good infection prevention control is to assume that everyone is potentially infectious. Following the recommendations and procedures outlined here will help you from becoming a source of infection for others.

Viral Infections

During the fall and winter months, influenza is the far more likely cause of significant illness followed by the occasional cold. While certain events, such as the 2020 Coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan China make headlines, proper preventative care is the same as it would be for influenza.

Here are the best practices to slow the spread of infections:

  • Get an annual flu vaccine as recommended by your Doctor.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Stay home if you are sick (so you do not spread the illness to other people). If you have a temperature above 100, stay home.
  • Use a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your arm, not your hand. Turn away from other people.
  • Use single-use tissues. Dispose of the tissue immediately.
  • Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or using tissues.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth (viruses can transfer from your hands and into the body).
  • Do not share cups, glasses, water bottles, dishes, cutlery, shavers, razors, towels, or other personal items. Shared personal hygiene items in locker rooms should not be used.

While oar handle and equipment surface transfer of viruses is not the most likely means of transmission, airborne is significantly more likely, the club can provide a mild detergent in which the oar handles and other equipment can be washed. Given the unsupervised nature of most rowing in the boathouse, you may wish to wash oar handles prior to your row rather than assume they have been cleaned by the prior rower.

Bacterial Infections

During the winter months the water in Mission Bay can be less than ideal for human contact due in part to rain that washes street residue into the bay and the occasional sewer system overflow. 

San Diego County Beach Water Quality status updates can be found on twitter at Mission Bay is known to contain Fecal Coliform, Enterococcus-CS, and Entercoccus-QPCR bacteria which can exceed recommended levels following a heavy rain.

Here are the best practices to avoid bacterial infections at SDRC:

  • Do not expose open cuts or scrapes to Mission Bay water
  • Wash and clean any cuts or scrapes with soap and clean water
  • Refrain from rowing one to two days after heavy rainfall
  • Refrain from rowing if the County of San Diego has issued an advisory or closure for Mission Bay based on water quality.
  • The club is moving to an online registration system called iCrew and a separate email will follow shortly on how to register. All club boats will need to be reserved through iCrew in advance.

COVID-19 Information


Updated November 2, 2020

This is Phase One of reopening for the San Diego Rowing Club’s members. We are both excited and equally cautious in our approach to gradually resuming our activities. This process will require patience, flexibility, and personal responsibility to ensure that we open sooner than later and that when we do open, we can stay open.

There are numerous constraints in place from government agencies as well as our own knowledge of rowing and our environment that are being actively considered in this plan. The protocols and procedures contained here can and will be changed as we learn more and as members participate in the program. 


  • Club and Private singles will be available for rowing.
  • Club and Private doubles are available for rowers from the same household.
  • The weight room, locker rooms, and showers are unavailable. Portable restrooms have been provided during the restroom construction and are open from 5am until late in the afternoon. The portable restrooms are serviced twice weekly. Please wash your hands and leave the facilities in good order for the next person.
  • Ergs and Bikes may be used outside the Garty placed at least 6ft distance from each other.
  • Key Card access is available, contact Chris Callaghan [email protected]
  • Guest rowers are welcome, provided they read, understand, and follow these guidelines.
  • Social distancing as required by the County of San Diego must be respected.
  • As of May 1, anyone over the age of 2 must wear a mask in public within six feet of those who are not of the same household.
  • Reservations and sign out will be done online using iCrew.
  • Be on a mission to arrive, row, cleanup, and depart for your next destination.
  • If you are sick, feel sick, or have a fever, you cannot enter the facility.
  • Individuals classified by the CDC as “at risk” should consider not coming to the facility.
  • If you become ill within a week of having rowed, please consider reporting your illness to Chris at [email protected] for the benefit of the community.

Allowable uses:

  • Club and Private singles will be available for rowing.
  • Club and Private singles & pair/doubles are available for rowers from the same household.
  • General Membership may row club singles by prior reservation online at iCrew.
  • General Membership may row pair/doubles by prior reservation online at iCrew, only if the rowers are from the same household.
  • Club oars will be allowed to be used, proper cleaning before and afterward is required.
  • Members are encouraged to use their own equipment sanitization supplies. The CDC has a good list of disinfectants. SDRC will have daily soap buckets and wipes available. Soap is a fast and effective method for destroying COVID-19 on surfaces and easier on the environment than bleach.
  • Stretching outside without the use of club equipment maintaining social distance.
  • Bikes may be parked & locked at the rack on the back of the boathouse.
  • Water bottles may be filled at the fountain, but don’t drink from the fountain.
  • Restrooms will be available to use at your own risk and you are expected to clean and disinfect your use of these facilities.

Disallowed uses:

  • The weight room, locker rooms, and showers are unavailable.
  • Bikes may NOT be stored inside the boathouse.
  • No yoga/stretching mat usage.
  • No loitering – be on a mission to row, cleanup, and depart.


  • Arrival
    • If a member is sick or feeling sick, they will not come to the boathouse.
    • If a member has been sick in the past two weeks or in contact with someone who has had COVID-19, they will not come to the boathouse until 14 days after such contact.
    • Members are encouraged to bring their own sanitation supplies. Hand sanitation should be done with either a 20 second or more wash with soap and water, or by coating hands with a hand sanitizer product with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol as active ingredients and allowing to dry completely.
    • Wear face masks as required by County of San Diego regulations until you are ready to get on the water.
  • Getting on the water
    • Check-out your boat (club or private) using iCrew.
    • Members will bring out and return singles/double slings keeping them 6 feet apart from others. Do not reuse singles slings that may already be on the apron, get your own. If you must reuse, wash it and your hands before continuing with launch or returning the boat to the storage rack.
    • Wash your oars and your hands prior to departure.
  • Returning to the boathouse
    • Return your boat to the slings and wash your boat, and oars with soapy water and sponges provided by the club.
    • Put your boat away and wipe down the hand cranks if used.
    • Depart from the boathouse for your next destination and refrain from loitering.
    • Check-in your boat via iCrew.
  • General Boathouse Rules
    • Staff will wear masks as required by County guidelines.
    • Staff will adhere to the six-foot social distance as long as practicable.
    • Fans will be in place to encourage good airflow through the boathouse.
    • All trash cans will not have lids.
    • The water fountain will be bottle filling only.

Available Club Boats

Singles – Training/RacingOpen Water Shells
Wintech 1x – Mid/HvyPeinert Zephyr – Molly Brown
Vespoli Matrix 27 – 180-210 – Bob AdamsMaas Aero – MA 2 – MILFORD
Vespoli “Black Demo” – 150-180Maas Aero – MA 4 – CHAMPION
Vespoli Matrix 26 – 150-180 – KogutMaas Aero – MA 5 – A. WEN
Vespoli Matrix 24 – 115-150 – UGMaas Aero – WW I – HULA GIRL
Peinert – Periwinkle – 110-160 – Walter HinesMaas Aero – WW II – RAMSEY
Peinert – Green- 150-210 – PretMaas Aero – WW III – WATER ROCKET
Peinert – Royal Blue – Mid 150-210Mass 24 TUBE – M6 – SHERLOCK
Hudson Mid 145-175 – Grey PaintMass 24 TUBE – M7 – WATSON
Vespoli M – Lwt 150-180 – YorickMass 24 TUBE – M7 – LOUISIANA
Hudson W-Lwt 115-145 – Still I Rise – Pink 
Hudson M-Lwt – 145-175 – Rob Hibler – Green 
Hudson Mid – 160-190 – Red Rose – Yellow 
Hudson Hvy – 185-225 – Blue Tape 
Doubles/Pairs – Racing
Maas 2x – One Size Fits All (White)Vespoli 2x/- – 150-180 – Andiamo (White)
Wintech 2x – Mid/Hvy (White)Vespoli 2x/- – 150-180 – Double Trouble
Vespoli 2x/- – 115-150 – Tiny DancerHudson 2x/- – 145-175 – Ninja Princess
Hudson 2x/- – 115-145 – Betsy’s BoatHudson 2x/- – 165-190 – Hen and Ken
Hudson 2x/- – 160-200 – Mike Corr’s Old 2x (White)Hudson 2x/- – 165-190 – B’Fast Girl
Hudson 2x/- – 150-180 – The Truth From RuthVespoli 2x/- – 180+ – Benjamin Patrick

COVID-19 Status

The Boathouse will open on May 5, 2020 for single and doubles rowing.

May 4, 2020

Dear Members, Coaches, and Coxswains,

Effective Tuesday May 5, 2020 the Boathouse will be open for recreational sculling in singles and doubles where rowers are from the same household. We received approval from the San Diego Lifeguards on Monday morning for the following:

  • Both private and club singles are available for rowing. Doubles and pairs are available to those who live in the same household.
  • Please note that locker rooms, showers, ergs, bikes, yoga mats, ski erg, weight room, and all other parts of the boathouse remain closed. 
  • Restrooms will be available to use at your own risk and you are expected to clean and disinfect your use of these facilities with no more than 3 people in the restroom at any time.

This is a very exciting opportunity for members to take advantage of and get out on the water. We remind you to please obey all physical distancing guidelines while at the Club and wear your face coverings in accordance with San Diego County ordinances. This is especially important when you are preparing and returning your boat on the apron.  We request that you come prepared to row, efficiently get ready and take your boat to the water, row, return, wash your boat and oars, and depart the Club promptly. 

The Club is counting on the members to respect the rules and guidelines set forth by the Club, the Lifeguards, and the County of San Diego. We don’t want our behavior to force the County to rethink their decision to open Mission Bay.

Thank you for your continued support and patience. Have a good row!


Dan O’Neill

March 31, 2020

Dear Members, Coaches, and Coxswains,

I hope that this email finds you well both in body and mind as we enter our second, or third, week of staying at home and keeping our distance from others. As has been mentioned before, should you or someone you know require extra assistance, let me or Chris Callaghan know and we’ll work to find a way to help.Governor Newsom and the County of San Diego have extended orders beyond March 31, 2020. California Executive Order N-33-20 requires everyone to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. Therefore, the boathouse remains closed to everyone for any purpose. Based on updates from local and state government we’ll revisit the closure, but I can’t tell you when we will reopen.

Your monthly membership and boat storage fees will be charged as usual. All dues received during our closure will be considered a donation to SDRC. A letter confirming your donation will be sent by the end of the year. If you are experiencing financial hardship, please contact Chris Callaghan <[email protected]> by Friday April 3 and he’ll work with you on a reasonable accommodation. The bank will run the ACH on Tuesday, April 7th and submitted on the 6th. For those in the coached programs, there will be no dues charged until we reopen.

We’ve reviewed our financial obligations and cash flow carefully and have sufficient funds to carry the club for several months. We continue to delay new boat purchases until we have a better understanding of the overall economy and situation.

I want to take a moment to compliment Chris Fuege, a former SDRC President, who insisted that the club build up and maintain a three month operating reserve. That reserve was maintained and provided us flexibility during this event. Thank you Chris for your insight, perseverance, and good business acumen.

The club is also pursuing the loans and grants available as part of the CARES Act and a Vice President at Union Bank is going to contact us when Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan information is available. PPP loans, under the right conditions, can become grants under which no repayment is required.

If you would like to donate additionally to help fund SDRC’s programs and boat purchases you can make a donation via check or Venmo @SDRCBHManager. Any amount is appreciated.

Another update will be sent as soon as a change in local or state recommendations or April 30, 2020, whichever comes first.

This closure and the situation is not going to last forever. We will reopen and continue to enhance the strengths that SDRC brings to rowing and our community. I hope that Masters Nationals will still happen in August, so keep yourself healthy and ready to win. The Coaches are ready and willing to help.


Dan O’Neill
President, SDRC

State and Local orders

Health Resources

SDRC Resources

March 29, 2020

From: Dr. Steve Green

Taking proper steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19

So this one is more serious than I typically get in any post, but I really hope you will take this seriously. I know it may seem like the cure is presently worse than the disease, but that is not so. My day job involves being Chief Medical Officer of Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical group in San Diego. We are working seven days a week preparing for what is likely to be the worst health crisis any of us have ever seen. We can get through this, but we have to work together, and now. Forget the politics. Please heed the advice below. Please.

Stopping the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19 is really a numbers game.

The virus needs people to multiply and spread. All of us are potential carriers who can be infected without knowing it.

Right now, on average, every infected person passes coronavirus to two or three other people, who in turn infect two to three others. After only 10 cycles, a single original person can infect 20,000 people in only four or six weeks.

So how do we combat this? We can start by reducing our social contact. If we can reduce social contacts by one-third, the number of people who will need to be hospitalized will drop 20-fold. This simple step will allow us more time to determine what treatments work and prevent the healthcare system from being overwhelmed.

Where do we start?

By staying away from other people. Humans are social by nature, but this is not the time for that. Outside of your immediate household, keep your distance from everyone, including friends and relatives. Remember the six-foot rule.

That means no more birthday parties, sleepovers, play-dates, meet-ups and outings to playgrounds, where virus particles can linger.

Implement other tactics to keep your home virus-free:

  • Leave only if absolutely necessary and head straight back as soon as your errand is completed
  • Exercise outside the house alone or only with members of your household
  • If you buy groceries or cook meals for neighbors who cannot get out, call to let them know you are coming by, and leave your delivery outside their front door
  • If you do go out, wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly for at least 20 seconds as soon as you can, preferably before you touch any surfaces in your home
  • A card or tennis game with friends may sound like fun, but the virus travels on surfaces (cards, tennis balls). Play only with those in your immediate household.

We urge you to stick to this approach, as difficult as it may seem. This will enable our nurses, doctors, first responders, pharmacists and other essential personnel to continue doing their jobs to support you.

Stay safe and stay healthy.

Steve Green, MD

Friday, March 13, 2020 3:10pm

Dear SDRC Members,

It is with great consideration that the Board has made the unanimous decision to suspend all SDRC Rowing activities. This is effective immediately with no Masters or Juniors to be at the boathouse or rowing from the boathouse. The Board believes that this suspension is in the best interest of the members, our community, and part of our civic responsibility to help slow down the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The Juniors program suspension has been executed in conjunction with the March 13, 2020 announcement from the City of San Diego Unified School District and will continue until at least April 6, 2020.

The Masters suspension has been aligned with the recommendations from the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency which issued an order, effective 12:00am Friday March 13, 2020 and continuing until March 31, 2020. All digital keys to the boathouse have been deactivated as of Friday afternoon. Should you need access to the boathouse to retrieve personal items, please contact Chris Callaghan, [email protected]

We understand that this is yet another closure of an important part of your life, ours too. We’ve been in discussion and continually studying the COVID-19 potential to interrupt operations since our first email on January 28, 2020. As we’re all aware, the global situation has changed a great deal since that time.

The Board is meeting at least weekly and will remain in close contact with you as new information comes to light. We hope that the spread of COVID-19 is attenuated through the closures recommended by Federal, State, and local governments.

Should you or any member of our extended community require assistance, please let us know. The club has any number of rowers in age groups that are considered more vulnerable than others and if they need someone to bring them groceries or other supplies, the Board will figure out how to provide support.

This is difficult for all of us and I, and the board, thank you for your understanding and patience in this trying time. Please be safe and follow all the CDC recommendations. We wish your families well.

Thank you,

Dan O’Neill
President, SDRC
[email protected]