Important Safety and Compliance Information

To all Rowing Clubs and Schools –

With the rowing season fast approaching and traffic on the water here at West Lakes increasing each week, I wanted to take this opportunity to update everyone on some important on-water safety and compliance items, as follows:


  • All Coaches and Crews should be fully briefed on the West Lakes Safety Policy, which all Clubs should have and it is available on our Website:
  • The West Lakes Training Map and associated Rules are also displayed on the large signs located on the Launch Pontoon walkway as West Lakes.
  • On the back of the recent West Lakes residents’ concerns being aired and the City of Charles Sturt Council survey and Aquatic Permit review, we are hopeful that our permitted use of the lake will remain the same, but with an expectation of increased vigilance from all involved to ensure the rules around early morning noise and respect for residents are strictly adhered to.
  • We are currently refining the map(s) and rules, as well as adding some broader safety information relating to other venues – the updated information will be distributed shortly.


  • All of the latest information will be presented formally at a mandatory ‘Rules & Safety Seminar’ to be held on the evening of Tuesday 15th October (city venue, date & time TBC) – we will be distributing more details about this seminar, but please mark it in your diary as it will be mandatory for every metropolitan-based Rowing Club and School to have at least one or two key representatives in attendance (non-metropolitan based Clubs also welcome).
  • We would like each Club to nominate a ‘Safety Officer’ (you may have someone in a similar position already)
    • Can you please advise me of an appropriate person for the ‘Safety Officer’ role at your Club prior to the Seminar, and we would expect this person and your Captain/President/Rowing Director to attend the Seminar in October


  • Rowing SA has installed a set of Security and Safety cameras on the Judges Tower, and adding some more cameras around the facility, to assist with out of hours security, as well as monitoring safety/compliance issues on the lake, and eventually providing some webcam vision for use by the rowing community to view conditions in real-time via our website.
  • Our Course Manager and other Staff will have access to the vision to check on security and compliance with all of our Training Rules – particularly following the correct traffic patterns, permitted usage times, bike rules, boat launching and landing processes.
  • As mentioned above, we have also been asked by Council to strictly monitor early morning usage times and noise on the lake generated by rowers, coxswains and coaches on bikes – We will be monitoring this closely, including random checks and security cameras.

So I take this opportunity to remind you that Rule and Safety breaches will be penalised with fines and other penalties as appropriate, although we obviously hope not to have cause to implement these if everyone is doing the right thing!

Finally, it is great to see the growing numbers of people getting involved with the sport, and this further emphasizes the need for our collective efforts to ensure safety for all involved in Rowing to remain a key priority.  We trust you understand all of the above information and can share it immediately with your Coaches and Athletes as we lead into another busy season – Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks for your cooperation and stay tuned for more information regarding the Rules & Safety Seminar in October.


David Hutton

Chief Executive Officer

Rowing South Australia Inc