(Well, keep it safe at least) 

We talk a lot about keeping club members safe, but what about keeping yourclub safe?  Your club is filled with all kinds of valuables, from the rowing shells to the coxing equipment; you don’t want anything to go missing.  Here are some suggestions of how to keep those valuables safe.

Lock it up – Use combination locks with complicated numerical systems.

A (literal) Safe – Each team (or boat) can have a collective safe for keys and phones of the crew while on the water.  The coach will be the only one with the key, and can hide it for the next coach in a designated spot upon their return.

Hide and seek – Hide the keys.  Try it in a black welly boot or taped to the under-side of a shelf.  Explore your club and find the most random locations.

Lockers – Supply enough lockers (with locks) for club member belongings  in the changing rooms. Have fun attempting to break into them to verify that it’s noteasy!

Coxing equipment – This is our most brilliant fix. We have a security box that recharges your rowing electronics.  We’ve even seen it become portable some coaches pop it on a trolley to move it around at regattas.  Check out this article for all of the benefits.

Alarms – Every club should have multiple alarm systems in place at night when all rowers, scullers and staff go home.

A watchful eye – If you’ve had problems with break-ins before, there are even better options than classic video cameras. This article on rowing security points out a system put in place at the Potomac rowing club, in which club managers are able to view camera footage remotely, from a mobile phone or computer.  This means that if they see something suspect going on, (while not at the club), they can still respond immediately in an appropriate manner.

Any other innovative ideas?  What’s the best security feature at your rowing club?