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$45M Whitewater Center Grand Opening Set for May 7-8 

RIVERSPORT Rapids, Oklahoma City’s new $45.2 million whitewater rafting and kayaking center, will hold a grand opening celebration May 7-8, 2016. The whitewater center was built in the city’s Boathouse District as part of MAPS 3, ... Read More

OKC RIVERSPORT Junior Crew Wins Overall Trophy at USRowing Central Youth Championships

The OKC RIVERSPORT Junior Crew competed in the 2015 USRowing Central Youth Championships on May 2-3. Twenty crews from around the region gathered in the Boathouse District to compete in several qualifiers for the 2015 ... Read More

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City Leaders Sign RIVERSPORT Rapids Steel Beam

Members of the MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board, the MAPS 3 Oklahoma River Improvement Subcommittee and City Council met on April 9 to sign a steel beam that will be used in the construction of ... Read More

MAPS 3 Whitewater Construction Update

February 20, 2015 - MAPS 3 Program Manager David Todd provides a construction update on the Oklahoma River Improvements project. Jeffrey Gustin, senior project manager with whitewater consultant S2O Design discusses upcoming project milestones and ... Read More

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OKCBF Hires New High Performance Training Center Coach

OKLAHOMA CITY – The USRowing National High Performance Center at the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation has named Reilly Dampeer as the new head coach. Dampeer will work in collaboration with USRowing in providing coaching and training ... Read More

RIVERSPORT Rapids in the News

Looking forward to the RIVERSPORT Rapids Grand Opening on May 7-8? Read the latest national news stories that mention RIVERSPORT Rapids and share in the excitement! Learn more about RIVERSPORT Rapids or buy your All Access Annual Pass ... Read More

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OKCBF Hires New High Performance Training Center Coach

OKLAHOMA CITY – The USRowing National High Performance Center at the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation has named Reilly Dampeer as the new head coach. Dampeer will work in collaboration with USRowing in providing coaching and training ... Read More

RIVERSPORT Rapids in the News

Looking forward to the RIVERSPORT Rapids Grand Opening on May 7-8? Read the latest national news stories that mention RIVERSPORT Rapids and share in the excitement! Learn more about RIVERSPORT Rapids or buy your All Access Annual Pass ... Read More

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Cold Weather Rules

Hypothermia is a very dangerous and deadly condition.  We encourage ALL members to use extreme caution when on the water in cold weather conditions. The Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation will follow the Cold Weather Guidelines established by FISA and US Rowing.

OKCBF COLD WEATHER RULES

When water temperature drops below 50 degrees and/or air temperature drops below 40 degrees, ALL rowers and paddlers must be under the direct supervision of a staff member and must stay within sight distance (500 meters) of the safety launch.  All single rowers and kayakers will be required to carry a certified inflatable or non-inflatable PFD. Questions? Contact Megan Duffy by email for more information about cold weather rules and policies.

PFD’S

OKCBF will provide certified inflatable and non-inflatable PFD’s to all single’s rowers wishing to row under the Cold Weather Policy.  They will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

SUNRISE AND SUNSET

All rowing shells, kayaks, dragon boats, and safety launches must have a light visible from the bow and stern while on the water in low-light conditions.  A bright red/green light should be mounted on the bow and white light on the stern.  In the event a rower or paddler cannot attach a white light to the stern a flashing red light can be worn.

HYPOTHERMIA

Hypothermia occurs when the whole of the body has been chilled to a much lower than normal temperature.  Normal body temperature is 37° C (98.6° F). Temperatures falling below this should be avoided at all costs.

“Dress to beat the cold” – Layers of clothing are more effective than one warm garment. The outer layer should be wind and waterproof.  Wet and dry suits are best suited for cold water conditions.

Do not take or give alcohol in cold conditions. Alcohol accelerates heat loss as well as impairing judgment.

Everyone must be aware of the risks of exposure to cold. Exposed arms, legs and head heighten the risk.  If a person has fallen into cold water, their body will lose heat rapidly. To reduce heat loss, the person should keep his clothes on except for heavy coats or boots which may drag the person down. Sudden immersion in cold water can have a shock effect that can disrupt normal breathing, reducing even a proficient swimmer to incompetence. Confusion and an inability to respond to simple instructions will become evident.  When hypothermia is suspected; try to prevent further loss of body heat and re-warm the affected victim.  Send for help. Hypothermia is a medical emergency whether the patient is conscious or unconscious.  If conscious the victim should be actively re-warmed under careful observation.  If unconscious the victim must get medical aid as soon as possible.

SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS OF HYPOTHERMIA

The following are the most usual symptoms and signs, but all may not be present:

  • Unexpected and unreasonable behavior possibly accompanied by complaints of coldness and tiredness.
  • Physical and mental lethargy with failure to understand a question or orders.
  • Slurring of speech.
  • Violent outburst of unexpected energy and violent language, becoming uncooperative.
  • Failure of, or abnormality in, vision.
  • Twitching.
  • Lack of control of limbs, unsteadiness and complaining of numbness and cramp.
  • General shock with pallor and blueness of lips and nails.
  • Slow weak pulse, wheezing and coughing.

A very dangerous situation is still present when a person who has been in the water for some time is taken out of the water. Further heat loss must be prevented. The victim should be protected against wind and rain if possible. Re-warming can be carried out by:

  • Wrapping the victim in a thermal/exposure blanket. (Available in ALL OKCBF launches)
  • Others placing their warm bodies against the victim.
  • Giving hot drinks (if conscious), but not alcohol.

Prevention Is Always the Best Policy