OBC Safety Rules, Guidelines, and Information

OBC handbook

Know Before You Row

OBC Flip Packet

Emergency Safety Manual


National Weather Service Radar Image

Interactive radar —

OBC weather guidelines

Water Temperature

Estimate of the reservoir water temperature, ±4 degrees

Cold water survival techniques

Cold water survival video

OBC weather guidelines

Personal Flotation Devices

Tip: A flotation device that is self-inflating and that rolls the rower onto his or her back with the head out of water is best if the rower has a medical emergency or is injured when flipping.

Some local coaches use this inflatable PFD

US Rowing lists Mustang Survival and Stearns

An OBC member has ordered from this company with good results:

Videos on How to Get Back Into a Flipped Shell

“How To Get Back Into Your Scull After Flipping,” Calm Waters Rowing

“How to Get Back Into a Flipped Shell,” Dan Gorriaran

Videos on Hyperthermia and Cold Shock

U.S. Coast Guard Cold Water Boot Camp video on Seakayak Chesapeake Bay’s web site

Minnesota Sea Grant information and video

Waterproof Cell Phone Cases

Check,, or google for waterproof cell phone cases. Local REI stores carry a good variety.

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