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Rules & Safety

LRC Safety Rules and Guidelines


  • You must be properly trained and qualified to use LRC equipment.
  • Inspect the equipment (shell and oars) before you row. Avoid and report any questionable or damaged equipment.
  • At the end of the rowing season, and winter approaches, LRC abides by US Rowing rules that require a launch to accompany any single or pair if the water temperature is below 50 degrees F. Boats with experienced and qualified crews that have four or more oars/sculls may continue to row using extra precaution for the cooler temperatures.
  • Use good judgment and consider your capabilities when rowing in inclement weather or when the current gets high. High current can bring floating debris which can damage and flip boats, as well as, swirls that can affect boat stability.
  • Flooding of the boathouse creates unique hazards for launching and retrieving boats. When the water level is predicted to reach 640 ft., or the floor of the boathouse, rowing is not permitted. Rowing may resume after water levels retreat to a level commensurate with a rowers skill and experience.   Good judgment is imperative.
  • Avoid rowing when there is approaching severe weather. Thunderstorms and high winds can be particularly dangerous.
  • Follow the published traffic pattern
  • Avoid rowing in the channel.
  • Bow lights are required when rowing in the dark.
  • Observe and avoid river traffic. Be particularly cognizant of large barges, fast moving bass boats, and boats producing large wakes. Staying out of the channel reduces risk.
  • Always looks for oncoming rowing shells. Be cognizant of buoy location. Mirrors can be helpful.
  • Sign the log book when leaving and upon return.
  • Use good judgment and do not row in conditions that are considered hazardous to your skill level and experience (current, water level, weather, water temperature, debris, etc.)



LRC Equipment Categories

The high cost and fragility of rowing equipment necessitates the need for members to learn basic skills on older and more robust equipment before moving on to newer and more advanced boats. Consequently, LRC equipment is designated and identified per the categories below. With appropriate approval rowers can move to more advanced categories before meeting the minimum qualifications (check with the rowing coach or a designated LRC Board Member):

  • Category “A” Novice. Equipment identified for those people who are new to rowing and recently completed the “Learn to Row" class or equivalent instruction:
  • Shells:
    • Singles: Peinerts marked “A”
    • Doubles: Vespoli “Texas” , "Harvard" after approval of rowing coach or a designated LRC Board Member
    • Glide Boats


  • Category “B” Intermediate. Equipment identified for those completing 50 hours of rowing following the Learn to Row Class or new members with adequate rowing experience and approved by a coach or designed LRC Board Member):
  • Shells:
    • Singles: All Pienerts after approval of rowing coach or a designated LRC Board Member.
    • Doubles: Vespoli “Texas”, “Harvard”, Wintech mid and heavy weight doubles
    • Sweep: Vespoli "Zelle" Four: After approval of rowing coach or a designated LRC Board Member.
    • Quad: Wintech "Biderman" heavyweight quad and  after approval of rowing coach or a designated LRC Board Member. In addition, the bow seat must be qualified to go out without a coaching launch.
    • Glide Boats


  • Category “C” Experienced. Equipment identified for those who have completed 50 hours of rowing and several competitive events (Sprints or Head Races) in a season or those who have been rowing consistently for at least two (2) seasons:
  • Shells:
    • Singles: All Peinerts
    • Doubles: Vespoli “Texas”, “Harvard”, Wintech mid and heavy weight doubles, Vespoli Matrix, FluidDesign
    • Sweep: Vespoli "Zelle" Four and Vespoli "Connors" Eight
    • Quads: Wintech "Biderman" heavyweight quad, Vespoli VHP39 "Christine" quad, Hudson U4.42 heavyweight quad, Vespoli VHP40 quad
    • Glide Boats


  • LRC Doubles and Quads: LRC doubles, quads, and eight are our most expensive and newest boats. These boats may only be rowed by LRC Members (or others with LRC Board approval) after they have been specifically trained to handle and row in multi-seated boats. For those not acquainted with these boats training can be provided by the LRC Coach or a member authorized by the LRC Board.

In addition to above, equipment can only be transported by knowledgeable people. Check with an LRC Board Member to identify a qualified person or a person who can train you in safe handling and loading techniques.


Lookout Rowing Club

Physical Address:


1001 Riverside Drive


Chattanooga, TN  37401

Mailing Address:  
PO Box 11411  
Chattanooga, TN 37401