With our waterways open to paddle sports, I figured a few of you may be considering taking off your motor and rowing your dinghy around. As such, I want to address some safety issues.
This rowing website offers some tips that include: know thy own limits. If you haven’t been out rowing or you are trying to row a dinghy with questionable rowing characteristics, it is a great way to get exercise – as in it is exhausting and may sap your strength quicker than you realize. Check in with yourself and remember that even San Diego’s mild tides will feel a lot more challenging without a motor.
The Cruising Club of America (I didn’t even know there was such a thing – we may be learning more about them together over the next few weeks!) has a list of both required and recommended safety equipment. The recommended list includes situation awareness. The good news is that you don’t need to check your gasoline levels to row around!