Table of Contents

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

Rowing Safety, The Basics

Following the rules is up to you and requires discipline. This discipline will keep you and others safe!

  • In the dark – bow and stern lights or headlamps are required
  • Traffic pattern – stay starboard at all times; leave a center buffer lane; don’t’ cut corners
  • Weather:
    • Fog – if you can’t see the Ingraham St. bridge, don’t row
    • Wind – greater than 7 mph is questionable, and if there are whitecaps, don’t row
    • Thunder and Lightning – don’t row
    • Live Weather – Check out SDRC’s live weather cam and information page

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.