The BSRA is committed to ‘best practice’ safety practices within our member schools.

The BSRA is guided by Rowing Queensland, Transdev and the Maritime Queensland Authority.

Information provided to BSRA member schools

Below is a suite of information shared with the BSRA members as they begin their rowing season.

  1. SAFETY VIDEO – Brisbane RiverShare – ‘Because we’re all in the same boat.’ on Vimeo
  2. RQ & MSQ RiverShare – Brisbane River Code of Conduct
  3. SAFETY CERTIFICATE – Required completion by all rowers/coxswains. RQ online LEVEL 1 for rowers and coxswains due for completion June 30 2017. Statistical data from each school will be collected and presented to the Principals/Board.
  4. SAFETY AUDIT – Required completion by each BSRA Rowing Coordinator. This audit is a compulsory BSRA initiative to be completed by the Rowing coordinator from each BSRA member school of their shed operations by June 30 2107. It will be used for feedback and presented to the Principals/Board by the BSRA EO prior to the competition commencing.
  5. CityCats INTERACTION – a safety initiative organised by the BSRA and Transdev sees new rowers invited on board the CityCat to get a ‘Masters perspective’ of the Brisbane River. This is scheduled through the BSRA Executive Officer in term 2. Somerville House, St Aidan’s and St Hilda’s are not required to schedule a CityCat presentation as these schools do not have any geographical interaction with CityCat.
  6. SCHEDULE OF BOAT RACE OFFICIAL (BRO) – schools are encouraged to schedule a BRO prior to the competition season in term 3 to ensure the rowers are familiar with race procedures. This is scheduled through Rowing Queensland and at a minimal charge. Phone 07 3842 1200 to arrange.
  7.  SAFETY QUIZ – Optional. Condensed safety collateral from the RQ Certificate Level 1 version (this is created by BSRA). This is an entirely optional initiative. It is helpful as a guide. There is no automatically generated feedback/corrections/scores for this quiz but a manual answer sheet is available on the following link. Quiz Answer Sheet 2017
  8. POWERPOINT SAFETY PRESENTATION – available on request from BSRA EO for your in house use when conducting a safety presentation.
  9. INCIDENT REPORTING – Forms available here for submission
  10. HARD COPY/SAFETY – posters are available to promote safety messages in the shed of all BSRA member schools. These outline the fundamental safety topics in the sport of rowing.


School safety considerations

  1. SCHOOL INDUCTION – Coaches are inducted either through schools protocols or through coaching qualifications and all participate in meetings where safety issues are raised and addressed.
  2. CREDENTIALS – Blue Cards, Tinnie Licence and First Aid are some of the extra qualifications that address safety on the water and at the sheds.
  3. SUPERVISION – Coach to boat ratios at each school also ensure that a high standard of supervision is delivered.
  4. PRACTICAL ABILITY – Athletes undergo a variety of swimming and capsize drills to familiarise them with likely scenarios which enables them to deal comfortably with these situations. The following video is a demonstrating How to get back into your scull after flipping. The following is a demonstration of the Easy capsize drill
  5. RIVER RULES – Brisbane River is a river of thirds. Divide between up river and down river and passive and commercial/powered craft. Coaches/Rowers should understand the communication horn blasts used by the CityCat. (see the attached video link), and also be prepared to gesture/wave to CityCats if they don’t understand. Coaches/Rowers should familiarise themselves with protocols at exclusion zones (communicated in this video link).
  6. LIGHTS and VISIBILITY – The BSRA rowing season is conducted in the autumn and winter  months where there are less light hours in the day. Considerations must be made to equip the rowing boats and coaches launches with standardised lights to ensure optimum visibility is attained on the river and canals.
    • Schools/Coaches/Rowers are required to ensure that the lights on the stern and the bow meet the specifications: are bright (not dull), that 360 degrees of white light is attached to the boat, that is, 180 degrees facing outward (from the rowers) on the stern and 180 degrees facing outward (from the rowers) on the bow.
    • Dawn, dusk and the changing light affect visibility for everyone. The BSRA recommends all rowers wear a Day/Night standard safety cap in the boat as a safety device. Day/Night standard safety caps, are a high visibility colour PLUS reflector to identify rowers presence in all light conditions. This safety device promotes visibility and the thermal reflector tape is another level of detection on the instruments of the CityCat for the Masters. The reflector tape can be found here.

All BSRA safety material is guided by Australian Rowing, Rowing Queensland and the Brisbane Maritime Authority to educate its members on safe river practice and is available on this website.