Cleveland's Premier Adult Rowing Club


WRRA has been rowing on the Cuyahoga for over 20 years,  sharing the river with commercial iron-ore freighters, tour boats and private boaters.  To do so requires that all rowers have a basic understanding of river safety, and that the appropriate measures are taken each time a rowing shell enters the water to ensure that it returns to the dock safely and without incident.

The Cleveland Rowing Foundation (CRF) safety committee is made up of members from multiple rowing organizations within the boathouse and oversees all safety issues on and off the water.

All rowers have a Safety Qualification Level (SQL). Written exams are used to test rowers knowledge to advance in SQL rating for those interested in advancing their SQL level.

The SQL, and CQL tests are administered by the CRF Safety Committee.  If you are interested in taking any of these exams email:

For more information, you can download a copy of the Safety Manual Rev. 2016 (SaM).  All boaters on the Cuyahoga River should also be acquainted with the boating guidelines from the Ohio Division of Watercraft.

US Rowing Safe Sport Policy

USRowing has joined the United States Olympic Committee in its SafeSport campaign aimed at raising awareness, stopping child abuse in sport and creating a safe culture in sports programs across the country.

USRowing’s program is designed to assure athlete safety and promoting an environment free from bullying, hazing, harassment (including sexual harassment), emotional misconduct, physical misconduct and sexual misconduct (including child sexual abuse).

While WRRA is an adult program we have a limited number of youth involved with WRRA members. As a member of USRowing WRRA shares this commitment and we have developed a Safe Sport policy and reporting form. Please feel free to contact the WRRA Board of Directors President us if you have any questions;

WRRA Safe Sport Policy

Safe Sport Reporting Form

Location of our ten Passing Zones.

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