Rowers are required to turn in one practice waiver at the beginning of the school year, as well as one regatta waiver for each regatta. In addition, non-students traveling to and from regattas or events with the team need to fill out a non-student waiver for each trip.
Practice and Regatta Waiver:Rowers need to turn in one practice waiver at the beginning of each school year, as well as complete a swim test, in order to be allowed to practice on the water.
Non-Student Waiver:Must be completed by all non-Lawrence students participating in an event hosted by Lawrence University.
All Rowers must pass a swim test before they can row on the water. Swim tests will be conducted by the a board member and the Lawrence University Swim Coach, Drew Fleek. Swim tests may be scheduled through the Recruitment Chair.
Requirements for the Swim Test
The rower must wear at least one full layer of spandex or the outfit that is most often worn for rowing during cold weather. The rower must also bring a sweatshirt and a pair of sweatpants to learn how to properly swim in this material
The rower must display proficiency in these three strokes:
- Front Stroke
- Back Stroke
- Breast Stroke
The rower must first enter the pool wearing the spandex and the sweatshirt and sweatpants. Rowers must show that they can stay afloat with all of these layers. The rower may then take of the sweatshirt and pants. Rowers must then do one length each of the previously listed strokes in the deep end. Rowers may not touch the walls or bottom of the pool while swimming these lengths. The test overseer will instruct the rower on how to properly float and how to use clothes as floatation devices.
The swim coach will determine if the rower passes or fails and he must sign a form confirming that the rower has passed. If the rower does not pass the test, they may try again but must pass before they are allowed to row.