It is a requirement of the club rules that all members are able to swim and must undertake a Capsize Drill and Swim Test within their first season at that club.
In conjunction with BBLRC, Cygnet arrange at least one drill per year, sometimes two if there is sufficient demand. These drills are carried out in the controlled environs of a local swimming pool, under the instruction of a qualified coach and according to the British Rowing RowSafe Guidance.
Capsize drill You will be first shown the drill then have to demonstrate:
capsizing a single scull,
escaping from the boat
using the boat as a buoyancy aid by getting on top of the upturned hull.
Swim test In light clothing / rowing kit, you must be able to demonstrate:
swimming at least 50m
treading water for 2 minutes
swimming at least 5m underwater
Anybody who fails to complete the swim test should wear a pfd at all times while afloat. Rowing specific pdfs are available to buy at the members own expense.
Rowers who join Cygnet from other clubs will not have to re-take the test/drill. However they must satisfactorily prove that they have done it previously elsewhere. It is recommended that all members take the test/drill a minimum of every 5 years.