Befana corteo 2007

Learning to row Venetian Style

 

Safety

Venetian rowing is not a dangerous kind of sport, but to row in the lagoon is more dangerous than staying at home. I refer here at all the larger and smaller risks which are known to me, as well as how to avoid them. The safety references to the behavior in the boat as well as instructions for safety reasons during the courses, given at the beginning of the first lesson, must be considered.

The larger dangers are fortunately very rare: collision with a motorboat, a storm, fall in the water.
Motorboats must use certain driving channels in the lagoon. If these channels are crossed, this happens with greatest possible caution. Violent wind, in particular the Scirocco blowing from the sea, can be dangerous for the boat. Therefore the lessons do not take place at strong wind. If the wind refurbishes, a course for safety reasons will be interrupted (it than has to be payed proportionately (per each begun 15 minute). A fall in the water is also very rare to exclude but shit happens. If it happens nevertheless, it is not particularly dangerous because most time the lessons take place in very flat water and deeper channels are only crossed. Anyway the boat is going slowly and life jackets are at your disposal.
Reference! If really someone should fall in the water, return to the boat. Don't swim to a wall of a channel. At the walls will be sharp edged shells. Sensitive articles (e.g. mobile phones) should be packed in a plastic bag.

The smaller dangers are more frequent: blisters push sun fire at the hands, spannings, contamination of the clothes.
If in summer you are on the water for some time you can easily get a sun fire, which can be avoided by appropriate clothes and sun cream. The boat is made of wood and it can not be excluded that one pushes once. In order to avoid, one should move with calm and circumspection and the references to the behavior in the boat at the beginning of the first lesson have to be considered (e.g. moving the row in the boat). One gets blisters at the hands if one presses the hands too much around the row. (At the beginning you will not know how to avoid loosing the row and at the same time not to string it to much). Spannings, particularly at the shoulder and at the leg near the feet, result usually from a wrong position. With the occurrence of such complaints (e.g. burning) the rowing instructor should be informed, who than will give informations how to change the position. Contamination of the clothes is not to be excluded anyway, particularly when entering and leaving the boat at the retaining wall. At the rowlock (forcola) and therefore at the row can be vaseline in some places. I recommend simple cotton clothes, which can be washed easily. For dirty clothes we are not responsible.
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