FRC Rules & Guidelines

Frisco Rowing Center (FRC) at Lake Dillon



These FRC Rules provide the rules, guidelines and safety policies for rowers to keep members safe and to keep our equipment in proper working order. All club members, and guest rowers are required to follow these rules.
In all cases, common sense prevails.
FRC members who do not follow rules and policies risk having their rowing privileges suspended by the Board.

Member Rules

Current members of the Frisco Rowing Center are entitled to use FRC facilities and equipment. Current members must:

  • Pay this year’s membership fees
  • Complete an application
  • Sign waiver form
  • Get Signed off on Safety Checklist

Follow all FRC policies, rules and guidelines

Demonstrate that they

  • Know boating safety rules
  • Have passed the captain’s test checklist (unless a coaching launch is nearby)
  • Can pass the swim/flip test. This test is not mandatory, but highly recommended. This test is conducted frequently from time to time during the season.
  • If you cannot get back into the boat, then you should climb on top of the upturned boat and swim with the boat to shore.

Guest rowers

Guests may use FRC boats depending on their ability and experience. This is to be determined by the coach or boat captain.The guest must follow club rules and traffic patterns.


Safety is always paramount!
Listen to the individual in charge, whether it be an individual rower, a coach, boat captain, or bow person. Anyone observing an unsafe condition should speak up. Use Common sense!!

Safety and Traffic Pattern. Unless prohibited by weather follow the traffic pattern on the map.

A map of the traffic pattern is located in our tent. The traffic pattern is our number one safety rule to prevent collisions. Please know the pattern and stay safe.

Be aware of your surroundings: FRC shares the water and docks with a lot of beginner boaters, kayakers, stand up paddlers and vacationers who have rented boats from the Marina. They may be unaware that we cannot see where we are going at all times and move quickly.

Weather Precautions


DO NOT row during storms involving lightning. If you can see lightning, even at what seems to be quite a distance, DO NOT LAUNCH. If you spot lightning while on the water, HEAD BACK TO the marina IMMEDIATELY. If it starts to storm before you get back, pull into the nearest shore and wait it out.


The wind is one of our major weather hazards. Early morning hours tend to be calm, with the wind tending to increase midmorning.  The wind can come up quickly and often without much warning. Check wind projections at this website:

Cold Water  

Our lake is very cold early season. Get out of the water asap if you flip. Hypothermia can set in quickly. Be aware of the dangers of cold water immersion and symptoms of Hypothermia.

Boat reservations

Members can only reserve club boats 3 times in the same week, 2 weeks in advance. Reservations are made on a google doc sheet. Members must check the sheet to see if anyone else has that boat reserved. You can row any boat that is not reserved or any boat that has not been taken 15 min after the sign up time.

Log book

FRC maintains a monitored logbook to keep track of members on the lake, to convey lake conditions to fellow rowers, and to note problems with boats.  All rowers, including private boat owners, must log out each time they row and log in when they return.

Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) REQUIRED

For safety, wear a personal flotation device or have one on board each time you row.  FRC highly recommends Members purchase their own PFD’s.

Buddy up 

Help each other for safety.  All rowers are encouraged to row in pairs or groups. We can provide names of people you can join up with. Help each other carry boats. Less damage occurs when a person is on both ends of the boat.

Carry a cell phone

In a waterproof case. If you get into trouble or see anyone else in trouble call 911 to alert the sheriff.

Equipment / Shell Selection

FRC has available a variety of single shells and multiple seat shells for member use.  Some are appropriate for beginners, others for intermediate level rowers, still others for more advanced rowers or racers.  Row only the classes of shells that are suitable for your ability level.  If you are unsure about which shells are best for you, consult a coach.

Shell Storage

Always return your boat and oars to the same rack and marked rack space you removed them from. Be sure to tie the boat down. If it is windy tie the boat down before you even walk over to get rags to wipe them down. We have had boats fly of racks that weren’t tied down.


#1 and #2 are for shorter people. #3 and #4 are for medium height people. #5 and #6 and #7 are for taller people.

If you change the oarlock heights return them to the original spacing.

Team Boats

All rowers are responsible for crew safety, but the bow person is ultimately responsible. Stop, look when you are in high traffic areas. Only experienced, approved members may bow a team boat. This is determined by the boat captain and coaches. Members may apply for bow certification.

Oars are set to an average inboard/ outboard ratio. Members may not adjust club oars.

Accidents and Damage to Boats. Follow these rules

All rowers using a boat when an accident or damage to a boat occurs must immediately, Complete an incident report located in the back of the log book.
Mark the damaged boat (tag in podium)
Contact boat captain or club President

Transporting boats. Any member wanting to transport an FRC boat to a regatta or other rowing location must obtain prior permission from the board.

Launch use

Only members designated by the board may operate FRC coaching launches and only for official activities.


All communication with the Marina, governmental departments, and law enforcement agencies will be conducted by the FRC President or board members. Members that see any issues impacting FRC operations should contact the President or board members.