SPECIAL LEARN-TO-ROW EVENT
A group called Awesome Adventure Women has asked if we would provide them with a one-day rowing experience. Before we commit to them, we need to make sure we would have Club members available to assist in the event. Several persons would be needed to assist in the on-land and on-water instruction. The event would be held on Sunday, July 29 at the boat site. It would be several hours in length. We have had a few inquiries from groups that want to conduct team-building events this year; and it may be a good way for the Club to raise funds in the future, if we have the members who can devote some time to it.
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SITE USE PERMIT
There is a sign posted along the boat launch ramp that indicates that fees must be paid to the State Park Commission to launch a boat. We believe that it does not apply to Swan Creek Rowing Club because we pay them an annual fee. If you are questioned on this matter, you can find our Site Use Permit on the bulletin board on the rear side of the boat sign-out cabinet.
And, of course, before you can row, your membership dues need to be paid. The membership application is on the website under the “Membership” pull-down menu. If you have trouble accessing the file, send an email to email@example.com As always, remember that all pages of the application need to be filled in. It is important for our insurance policy that you sign the waiver and the swim certification. Your membership is not considered current until all paperwork is complete.
As of 6/4/2012, the river forecast shows levels above 11′ (at Trenton) thru 6/7/2012. Novices should not row above 11′. No one should row over 12′. Check the river gauge and desk flags before going out.
Sign up for towel duty (washing the boat towels). The sign up list is on a clipboard in the key cubby.
High Water Caution:
This week’s rain has increased the river water elevation to rise above 12 feet. It is predicted to go below 12 feet by Saturday morning. Remember, if it has been raining, to check the Club website before you row to make sure the river is not too high. Sometimes, it may not rain much in Lambertville, or where you live, but it may rain heavily further up in the Delaware River drainage basin. That can cause high water in Lambertville. So always check! This week, we posted the river hydrograph (the chart showing river elevation at Trenton) on the website homepage in order to serve as an alert. However, you can get the up-to-the-minute hydrograph by clicking on “Forecast TREN-4 Delaware River at Trenton“, on the right side of the homepage. That tells you if it is safe to row, whether or not the red flag is up. Also, any member can put up the red flag; but only a Board member can take it down.
Unsafe conditions can also be caused by high winds or large debris in the river. Use your common sense to stay safe.
Reporting Boat Damage:
If a boat or oar is damaged while you are using it, please report it to a Board member. Chris Bowley is in charge of maintenance, but you can report the damage to any Board member. Do not attempt to repair the damage yourself! We recognize that equipment gets damaged and we have a budget to pay for professional repair.
We are also asking that all organized groups (youth, women, men) have their coxswains ask each rower if there is any damage at their seat as they are coming off the water. This will aid in getting damaged reported and repaired quickly.
Expect high water beginning overnight Wednesday 5/16/12 through the remainder of the week. No rowing when the water is over 12′ on the Trenton gauge. Novices should not go out when the level reaches 11′.