I would like your opinions for the following. In winter temperature of
our rowing water drops to frosty degrees. I coach a junior team and it
is not always possible to take out a coxed four or a double. So
sometimes I coach them in a skif 1x. From our club they are allowed to
scull in a single during the winter because they are really experienced
but it is obligatory that they wear a self inflating life/rescue jacket
for which is supplied for by the club. We also have the instruction
that they never go out alone but always with two or more. We also have
the instruction that they may only do so with a coach along the banks.
We always coach them from a bike with a megaphone. The first 2500
meters are with high banks and arks and you will not be able to get out
easily. They have done a course capsizing and getting in during a
summer training camp as we see this as very important for their
personal safety. Also we have gold foil with us during training
sessions in case someone gets into hypothermia trouble.
On our rowing water are also rowing many junior rowers form other clubs
training under the same circumstances but without being supplied with a
life jacket. What I want to know is what else measures are practically
possible to improve safety on the water in a single during winter?
I would appreciate your reactions.