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Weather Policy

As an outdoor sport, we are always at the mercy of Mother Nature. The rowing community as a whole takes the approach that less-than-ideal weather is not something that stops us from doing what we love. However, we do place the highest of premiums on safety, and we will never go out on the water if weather conditions make it unsafe to do so.

• If moderate cold, wind, or precipitation are forecast, there will likely still be practice, though depending on conditions we may have to stick to the rowing machines and land exercises.

• If extreme weather (and especially thunderstorms) seems very likely, we will probably have to move practice to Watt Street CrossFit , 259 E. Watt St, Alcoa or cancel practice. We try to make the call as early as possible but also have to respond to weather conditions as they develop, and so in some cases we may have to cancel relatively close to practice start times.

• We disseminate practice cancellations via our Text System, Facebook and Twitter. (We originally tried regular email, but that proved largely ineffective.) To join our text alert service; Text @etrowing to 81010 

• If during practice we experience weather conditions that make it unsafe to row or remain outside, coaches will take rowers to Boathouse and parents will be notified.

• Due to logistics of equipment allocation, water time, and coordinating  participant schedules, East Tennessee Rowing generally does not offer make-ups for classes cancelled or interrupted due to weather. If there are an unusually large number of cancellations for a particular program or session, we will  do our best to arrange some extra time for rowers to get out on the water.