requirements for the Rowing Honor are as follows:
Skill Level 2
- Have the Intermediate Swimming Honor.
- With your instructor or counselor in stern, and without
assistance, row properly the following:
- A quarter of a mile on a straight course, stop, make a
pivot turn, and return to the starting point.
- Back water in a straight line 200 yards. Make a turn under
way, still backing water, and return to the starting point.
(Feather after each stroke. Pin rowlocks must not be used.)
- Demonstrate the following:
- Properly launch and land a rowboat from and to shore.
- Safely assist a person to and from a rowboat alongside a
- Tie a rowboat to a pier using each of the following:
- Clove hitch
- Round turn
- Two half hitches
- Hitching tie or mooring hitch
- Alone, or with the assistance of a person who is a swimmer,
swamp rowboat, turn it right side up, get in, and with your
hands or an oar, paddle it for 30 feet. Tell why you should hang
onto or get into a swamped rowboat.
- Shove off from shore or pier alone in a rowboat, approach a
swimmer, and maneuver so that the swimmer can be safely towed
- Identify and describe a dory, dory skiff, dinghy, punt, and
- Identify and describe a tholepin rowlock, box rowlock, ring
rowlock, and open top rowlock. Tell why pin-type rowlocks are
- What is the advantage of feathering oars while rowing?
- How would you handle a rowboat in a sudden storm or high wind?
- How would you calculate the weight that can be safely carried
under normal conditions in any given boat under oars?
- What lights are required on a rowboat at night, both with and
without outboard motor?
- Know how to properly fit out a rowboat, and maintain and care
for it during the boating season. Know how to prepare and store
the rowboat when not in use.