CRI Captains Test
All questions must be answered correctly to pass
Name of CRI coach for on-water/practical portion of captains test
1. Which weather conditions are unsafe for rowing?
Winds above 20 mph
Dense fog (20' visibility or less)
All of the above
2. What should you do if there is a thunderstorm approaching when you are on the water?
Row at a reasonable speed towards CRI;If you see lightning or hear thunder, land at the closest boat dock and wait out the storm
Jump out of the boat and swim to shore
Row the boat to shore and wait crouched on the banks
3. Describe the course you must take when returning to the docks at CRI
Up to the end of the CRI docks, then spin, and take it into the docks carefully
Upstream only as far as I need to go to the area of the dock I wish to land at, then spin and land
Upstream past the motorboat ramp, then turn, row across when clear, turn downstream and approach the dock slowly and carefully
None of the above
4. Why is it important to keep out of the middle 1/3 of the river?
We leave for the ducks and geese
The middle 1/3 is for college crews only
The middle 1/3 is considered a "gray area" and should be left for larger shells, passing crews and power boats
It isn't important to keep out of the middle 1/3
5. You are unable to row for a few moments and a boat is gaining on you. What do you do?
Stop right where you are, do what you need to do, and remain silent
Slow down and drift towards the side, trying to avoid the oncoming crew
Communicate loudly and clearly with the oncoming crew, making sure they have heard you before you stop rowing, then pull to the shore side and weigh enough
6. You would like to turn and cross the river to return to the boathouse, but another boat is approaching. Which boat has the right of way, yours or the boat traveling along the river?
I have the right of way, as long as I'm moving fast enough
The other boat has the right of way, any crossing or turning boats must yield to boat traveling in the regular traffic pattern
I have the right of way, CRI boats always have priority near the docks
Nobody has the right of way, we have to communicate and establish who can keep rowing and who should stop.
7. You ned to stop for a moment to get a sip of water, change your rigging, wait for another sculler, or even wait for your coach. What do you do?
Stop right where I am and yell to oncoming crews that I am stopped around the corner
Stop and say nothing
Row out to the middle of the river where I can see all the traffic from both directions and then stop
Row over to shore and stop in a safe, visible place, out of the regular traffic flow and do what I need to do
8. What is meant by "weigh enough"?
That you are the correct weight for the boat you are rowing
This is what rowers say instead of yes
It means "go."
It means "Stop."
9. What are the dangers of rowing when the weather/water is too cold?
Ice on the riggers is bad for the boat and the rigging
Flipping is much more dangerous-hypothermia can strike very quickly if you've become submerged in cold water and when you're wearing more layers it's harder to swim to shore
It's not good for your body: joints, muscles, and tendons get very tight when the weather is too cold
10. What of the following equipment do you need to check before every row?
Riggers, foot stretchers, and top nuts
Riggers, ALL nuts and bolts, foot stretchers, heel ties, top nut and bottom nut, oar collar, oar sleeve, and seat
None of it, that is the boat man's responsibility
Coaches check the boat over before every row for us
11. Which piece of equipment is important for you to escape the boat if you flip, and should be checked before every row?
Tight wing nuts on the foot stretcher
12. When you're rowing a 1x, how often should you turn your head to look for oncoming crews, surprise obstacles, the shore, bridges, and to generally maintain a steady course.
Whenever it seems necessary
When I can remember, or am told by my coach that I should look
Every other stroke
Every 5 to 10 strokes, or more often if I am approaching a bridge or another boat
13. Before I carry my boat down, and after I re-rack my boat at the end of my row, what important step do I have to make sure I take care of?
Making sure the coach's launch is set up
Noting the time I launch in the logbook, and the time I landed, along with my total milage
All of the above
14. Your shell flips. What should you do?
A. Get back in
B. Use the shell as a paddle board and kick yourself to more shallow water
C. Have a buddy assist you in stabilizing the hull so you can climb in
D. Swim to shore and leave the boat where it has capsized
Any of A,B or C
Either A or D
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