Regatta Safety

With ongoing growth in popularity of the Saltwater Challenge, continual care must be taken to address the risk of injury on the water to regatta participants.

The Safety Plan sets forth procedures to follow in the event of an on-the-water emergency arising from equipment failure, collision, or unintended water immersion, in order to prevent or minimize related injuries.

On-water emergencies entail the added risk element of immersion. In addition to the obvious risk of accidental drowning, there is the often unappreciated risk of hypothermia, especially during this time of the year.

Accordingly, it is of paramount importance that all Regatta participants – rowers, coaches, and others – in the event of an on-water emergency, yield absolutely to the authority and direction of official Regatta personnel in matters of safety and rescue.

Competitor Requirements




This year’s Saltwater Challenge committee, in conjunction with Rowing Victoria, is committed to being at the forefront of regatta safety.


One area we believe needs improvement is ensuring all competitors have access to, read, and understand the ERC and RV safety rules in relation to the regatta. These rules are there to ensure the safety of all competitors, officials and equipment. If everyone abides by these rules the risk of incident will be lowered.

Safety Rules (click here)


All of the safety information is available on this website, on ROMS, it will be emailed out by RV to all competitors with valid email addresses and is also available by request from


A compulsory rowers briefing will still be conducted before each bracket.

We appreciate any feedback you would like to offer regarding this process as we look to refine and improve this process over the coming years.




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