RMRC - Rules and Policies
- Active club membership is required to have independent access to club equipment.
- All individuals using club equipment must sign a statement that they can swim. This statement must be on file for a person to use club equipment.
- .All individuals must be certified to use each level of sculling boat (ie, beginning, intermediate and advanced sculling) prior to using this equipment. Certification may be done by a sculling teacher, a Board member, a coach, or another club member designated by the Board. In the case of multi-person boats, all boats are considered to be advanced. At least one person rowing in any multi-person boat must be certified to row advanced boats, OR the boat must be accompanied by a coach recognized by the Board in a launch.
- In the case of sweep boats, all boats are considered advanced. At least half the persons rowing in a sweep boat must be certified to row advanced sweep boats, OR the boat must be coxed by a coxswain whose advanced skills are recognized by the Board, OR the boat must be accompanied by a coach recognized by the Board in a launch.
- A member must be certified to row a given type of boat by meeting the criteria set by the Board for certification for each level of boat.
- Members may sign out boats in advance. On any given day, a member may only sign up for two reservations in advance, and only one of those days may be on a weekend. The reservation must include the time the boat will be taken out. If the persons reserving a boat have not arrived within 10 minutes after the stated time, the boat is available to anyone who wishes to use it and is present. In the case of multi-person boats, the reservation applies to all members of the crew.
- Juniors are defined as any rower less than 18 years of age.
- Juniors may not row without supervision.
- The following constitute adequate supervision of junior rowers:
a. a parent certified for the same class of boat, either on the water in another boat (eg for singles) or in the same boat (for multi-person boats).
b. accompanied by an advanced coxswain who skills are recognized by the Board.
c. accompanied by a coach recognized by the Board in a launch.
d. a parent or other adult on-shore does NOT constitute adequate supervision.
- Because boat storage space is at a premium, priority for boat storage shall be as follows:
a. first priority shall be given to active members placing boats in active storage.
b. second priority shall be given to active members placing boats in passive storage.
c. if space remains available, members in other classes may be eligible to place boats in passive storage.
- Active storage is defined as any boat which is stored rigged, and easily available for rowing.
- Passive storage is defined as any boat that is stored unrigged, and without the intent of being easily available for rowing. The location of storage is determined by the Board member in charge of boats, but may be in a location in the boathouse not easily accessible on a daily basis. Boats that are stored only during the winter time, when the water is not accessible, are considered to be in passive storage, regardless of whether they are rigged or not. The Board member in charge of boats may require that they be de-rigged, if needed for storage.
- Fees for active and passive storage shall be set each year by the Board of Directors.
1. The capital and operating budgets for a given fiscal year will be set by the Board prior to any determination of the dues for the fiscal year, and the dues shall be set by the Board as needed to ensure meeting the annual budget.
2. The club’s financial status shall be reported to the membership on a regular basis, including the budget, but not less than once a year.
- For membership purposes, a family consists of up to 2 adult members living at the same address, and any children who are less than 21 years of age, AND live at home or are enrolled full -time in college.
- Any damage to equipment must be reported to the Board member in charge of boats.
- Repair to damaged equipment should NOT be attempted without the supervision of the Board member in charge of boats.
- If there is a financial cost for repair of damage, the responsible individual(s) are liable for half the incurred cost. Since most damage is covered by boat insurance, in most cases this means the individuals are liable for half the cost of the deductible.
- Cherry Creek Park regulations require that every person in a boat have a personal flotation device (PFD) available in the boat. The Park does not recognize oars as a PFD.
- For safety, it is also recommended that each boat have a whistle to signal for help.
a. Lessons are not offered to individuals less than 16 years of age.
b. For individuals between at 16 and 18, lessons require direct supervision as noted in section II.
a. Any individual, whether a club member of not, may sign up for the "Learn to Row" program during the enrollment period each spring (dates to be set each year). Payment for the lessons is due with the application.
b. First priority for lessons will be given to individuals who are club members.
c. If the number of club members desiring lessons exceeds the number of available slots, the slots for lessons will be distributed by lottery among the club members.
d. Once club members have been placed in lessons slots, if additional slots are available, the remaining slots will be distributed to non-club members by lottery.
- Members may allow guests to row with them.
- A guest may not row more than one week (7 days) in a calendar year without joining the club.
- To row, guests must complete a liability waiver and a statement of their ability to swim.
- Reciprocal privileges may be granted to members of other rowing clubs while those individuals are visiting Denver. These individuals must meet the same criteria for certification as any member to be permitted to row more advanced classes of boats, and must also complete the liability waiver and statement of swimming ability prior to rowing. These individuals are not given independent access while using RMRC facilities, and must be accompanied by an active RMRC member when rowing. If a member of another club wishes to row for more than two weeks with the Rocky Mountain Rowing Club, they will be required to join the club.
- If a formal coaching program is taking place, first priority for boat usage is given to any boats required by that program while it is on the water. If a reservation is made by other members for a boat required by the coaching program, that reservation is considered void.
- Priority is given to boats are required to be in transit for a regatta. A reservation made for a boat which needs to be out of the boathouse to travel to or for use during a regatta is considered to be void.
Regarding entries in the Head of the Charles regatta: Any RMRC club-generated sweep entry in the Head of the Charles regatta that becomes a guaranteed entry is the property of RMRC. The crew shall be selected for the guaranteed entry each year that the entry receives a guarantee by a selection process determined by that year’s competitive program coach, or by board-appointed committee should there be a season without a competitive program. Entries guaranteed outside the auspices of Rocky Mountain Rowing Club remain the property of the crews in those boats and the selection process of those boats shall be determined by the crews themselves. For the purposes of this document, the term “club-generated” refers to an entry that is entered through the RMRC race coordinator or developed through an RMRC program.
Regarding Club boat entries in the San Diego Crew Classic: The race coordinator shall decide which entries will be submitted, based on interest received two weeks before entries open. If need be, that is, in case of a conflict, crews shall be selected by a selection process determined by that year's competitive program coach, or by board-appointed committee should there be a season without a competitive program.
- During a regatta, if there is a conflict, first priority for club equipment is given to crews consisting of active members.
- Second priority is given to crews with members of other classes.
- Last priority is given to composite crews, with the higher priority to crews with a greater proportion of RMRC members.
- Where crews consist of a mix of these groups, the priority shall be given to those crews with the higher proportion of members with higher priority. It is understood that a good faith attempt will be made to meet the needs of all club members participating.
- Club motorboats may only be used by club members who have been certified by the Board to do so.
- Club motorboats will be available only for use during learn to row or coaching functions, or for certain club maintenance operations, such as the semiannual towing of docks. They are not available for private recreational use. Boats being coached should include at least one active club member. An adequate number of individuals (a minimum of four) must be present to move the launch from the boathouse to the water and back.
- The club trailer is available for use only by those individuals who have been certified to drive it by the Travel Director and the Board of Directors.
- Use of the club trailer is governed by additional rules that are attached.
1. Rocky Mountain Rowing Club strives to promote good sportsmanship at all club events, organized events, and activities.
2. Any continued violation of the principle of good sportsmanship shall be brought to the attention of the Board of Directors for possible sanction of the offending member or members.
3. Any sanctions imposed on any member of the club by US Rowing will likewise be enforced by the club.