Captain Self Assessment Checklist

It is the EACRC policy that all crews heading out in the skiff must have a named ‘captain’ aboard. The role and responsibilities of the captain are outlined here.

Those who meet all the criteria listed below can be considered to be an EACRC Captain.  Please run through the criteria and, if all apply, email The more captains we have, the more flexibility for outings so please consider if this is something you could do.

If you meet most of the criteria and want to increase your skills in order to be a Captain, please discuss this with an experienced Captain.

  1. Experience coxing and crewing in the EACRC boat(s):
    • Captains should have significant experience coxing in our club boat. It is expected that they have coxed the boat whilst launching and and coming into shore a minimum of 10 times and have experienced coxing in a range of conditions. They should have experienced coxing into shore whilst using the drogue.
    • To retain the ‘captain’ status it is expected that you will cox a session at least 3 times a year.
  2. Familiar with all of the safety equipment on board, including
    • Life jackets, how to use them and how to instruct others
    • How to use the anchor
    • How to use the tow rope
    • How to use the drogue
  3. Know what to do in an emergency (See EACRC Emergency Procedures)
  4. Know how to operate VHF
  5. Can provide basic rowing instruction to novices
  6. Know your limits and those of your crew (or if you don’t, err on the side of caution)
  7. Able to assess the current conditions from the beach to determine whether the conditions are safe to row for a given crew and if it is, where/which direction it is safe to row. This includes assessing:
    • Surf at shore (captain must understanding the effect of this for launching and bringing boat in).
    • White horses out to sea.
    • Strength and direction of wind
  8. Familiar with and understands the following EACRC documents:
  9. Aged 16 years or older
  10. Know EACRC terminology and commands
  11. Able to understand the implications of the weather forecast and tidal state and take adequate precautions. (Before an outing it is the captains duty to check the weather forecast and a tide table.) This includes understanding:
    • When conditions are changing
    • Effect of wind direction & strength on waves
    • Effect of wind on boat speed and handling
    • Risk of haar (sea fog)
    • Effects of an incoming/outgoing tide
  12. Able to safely manoeuvre rowing boat in all conditions when other water users are nearby, including sailing boats, kayaks, commercial motor boats, leisure motor boats
  13. knowledgeable of the safe areas to row locally and of local hazards
  14. Experienced at using the launching trolleys to manoeuvre the boat safely.
  15. Know the EACRC launch and recovery procedure including:
    • how to clean and store boat correctly
    • where to leave trolleys safely
    • What equipment is needed to be taken on an outing.