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January 2017 Newsletters

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Rowing NZ Safety Reminder

Please refer to the Rowing New Zealand webpage for a safety reminder. These rules apply to all regattas and training camps on our lake in addition to the published regulations.

Meridian Energy Communication

There have been issues with rowers ignoring safety signage and safety barriers on Meridian’s hydro structures at Lake Ruataniwha and the upper Waitaki area. Please observe the following safety reminders when visiting the region.

  • Comply with all safety signage associated with hydro structures in and around Lake Ruataniwha and in the wider Waitaki area. This includes all dam, canal, control gate, spillway and generation stations.
  • Public signage including “no entry” and “no swimming” notifications are in place to protect the public.
  • Please keep safe during your visit to beautiful Lake Ruataniwha and Waitaki Valley

Notice to all Clubs, Schools, and Individuals intending to carry out training on Lake Ruataniwha

All Clubs, Schools and Individuals are reminded of their obligations and responsibilities in accordance with the Rowing New Zealand Water Safety Code 2004, the Rowing New Zealand Club Safety Responsibilities Guide 2010, and the Environment Canterbury Regional Council Lake Ruataniwha Navigation Safety Bylaws 2010, which can be found in the resources section of this webpage.

In particular all Clubs, Schools and Individuals should take note of the rules regarding ‘Accompanied Training’ and ‘Unaccompanied Training’ as defined in the RNZ Water safety Code 2004, Para  5.6.1 and Para 5.6.2 together with the rules regarding ‘Coaching & Safety Boat safety equipment’ as per Para 4.5.

All Clubs, Schools and Individuals who intend using Lake Ruataniwha for training are to complete a ‘Notification to hold rowing training on Lake Ruataniwha’ form upon arrival at the Meridian Rowing Centre, Lake Ruataniwha.

The Training Flow pattern on the rowing course will be in force at ALL times other than during Regattas & Championships, this is:

Lanes 0, 1, 2, & 3 for traffic proceeding to the start.

Lane 4 is to remain empty at all times.

Lanes 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9 for traffic returning to the finish and boating area.

The boat ramp ‘on water’ and ‘off water’ areas are to be used at ALL times.

All rowing boats are requested to stay clear of the water ski zones and the main part of the lake when these areas are in use for water skiing and other high speed power boating.

The Ruataniwha Rowing Management Committee understands that the above may not always be practical in the immediate lead up to Regattas and Championships, indeed the presence of a large number of Coaching/Safety Boats would itself present a considerable hazard to safe training on the Lake and as such the following rules will apply:

  1. All Club, School and Individual training will cease at 12.00hrs the day before any Regatta or Championship, except the New Zealand Championships and the New Zealand Secondary School Championships. Ruataniwha Rowing will endeavour to provide Safety cover for Clubs, Schools and Individuals who wish to train between 14.00hrs to 18.00hrs on this day. No training is permitted outside these hours.
  2. In the case of the New Zealand Championships, Ruataniwha Rowing will endeavour to provide Safety cover for Clubs, Schools and Individuals who wish to train at various times from the Saturday prior to the Championships. Training times will be notified by the Boat Marshal and no training will be permitted outside these hours.
  3.  In the case of the New Zealand Secondary School Championships, Ruataniwha Rowing will endeavour to provide Safety cover for Schools who wish to train at various times from the Saturday prior to the Championships. Training times will be notified by the Boat Marshal and no training will be permitted outside these hours.
  4. All the above training is to take place on the rowing course using the Training Flow pattern as described above. Training on other areas of the Lake is NOT permitted.
  5. Notification to hold training on Lake Ruataniwha forms will not be required for the above training.
  6. The availability of safety cover for training prior to Regattas and Championships will be dependent on the availability of volunteers to man safety boats and cannot be guaranteed; if suitable volunteers are not available regrettably training will NOT be permitted.

The Ruataniwha Rowing Management Committee understands that this notice will cause some concern for Clubs, Schools and Individuals who wish to use the Lake for training, unfortunately this has been brought about by the actions of a few which has highlighted the matter of Safety on Lake Ruataniwha to ourselves and the local governing body, Ecan. With the exception of the rules around the days immediately prior to Regattas and Championships all of the above is in accordance with the current guidelines issued by Rowing New Zealand which should already be observed by Clubs, Schools and Individuals.

We would like to thank you in advance for your help, cooperation and understanding.