2019 CSM EMergency Response Plan


The Canadian Sculling Marathon (CSM) is committed to the safety of its participants while they are engaged in CSM related athletics or volunteering.

All participants have both a duty of care to others and personal responsibility for ensuring that their actions, both on and off the water, are conducted in a manner that does not compromise the safety of themselves or others.

All rowers must familiarize themselves with the CSM course and safety maps for their event.


1. MAJOR INJURY OR MEDICAL EMERGENCY

a) Location: Temporary Boathouse Facilities

  • Raise the Alarm. Attract the attention of others, including the CSM First Aid Attendant.

  • While care is being provided to the injured participant, dial 911 for emergency assistance immediately, and indicate the type of injury and the location of the CSM.

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  • Provide a verbal confirmation that the call for help has been made to the CSM First Aid Attendant.

  • Access to an AED and First Aid Kit will be available at the main Medical station, located directly beside the temporary boathouse facilities Oar-house trailer.

  • A CSM volunteer will head up the hill to direct Paramedics to the site of the medical emergency.



b) Location: On the Water

  • If you have a major medical concern, or if you notice a rower is in distress or has become unconscious, immediately notify your crew Captain and / or Coxswain.

  • The Captain and / or Coxswain will immediately notify the nearest safety boat with their whistle & red card provided in their CSM boat-kit.

  • If for any reason, the safety boat is not in view or does hear the whistle, the Captain and / or Coxswain is to call the on-shore Safety Officer (613-710-0509) with the nature of the medical emergency, and course location.

  • The on-shore Safety Officer will immediately dispatch the nearest safety boat by initiating a call with the nature of the medical emergency, and location of the rowing boat.

  • The safety boat drivers will make it their priority to intercept the rowing boat to attend to the rower(s) in distress.

  • The safety boat drivers will rescue the rower(s) into the safety boat. The engine is to be turned off if there is a rower(s) in the water, up until they can be rescued into the safety boat.

  • The safety boat driver will make a decision as to which Emergency Zone (EZ) will provide for the quickest access to Emergency medical services (please see CSM safety map for location of EZ 1 through 3), and dial 911 immediately thereafter with the nature of the medical emergency, and the location of the chosen EZ.

  • If the crew member in distress is unresponsive, or if quick access to an AED is required, then the safety boat driver must go directly to either EZ 1 (ONEC) or EZ 2 (Ottawa Rowing Club), as EZ 3 (Blair Rd River access point) does not have an AED available.

  • Once on shore, care will be provided by the safety boat driver, to the rower in distress to the best of their abilities until the Emergency medical service personnel arrive.

  • The safety boat companion will direct EMS services to the location of the rower in distress.

  • If there are multiple major injuries or medical concerns, rowers will be rescued from the water in order of: Life, Limb, and Health.


2. MINOR INJURY OR MINOR MEDICAL CONCERN

a) Location: Temporary boathouse facilities

  • Please inform the First Aid attendant of your minor injury or medical concern.

  • If consent is provided, First Aid care will be provided at the Medical station to the best of the First Aid Attendants abilities.

  • If the injury is felt to be too significant for local care, the First Aid attendant will have a Volunteer escort the participant to the nearest hospital (Montfort Hospital at 713 Montreal Road).

  • If the First Aid attendant feels the nature of the injury is in keeping with a Major Injury or Medical Emergency, then the Major Injury or Medical Emergency protocol takes immediate effect.


b) Location: On the Water

  • If you or one of your crew members has a minor medical concern, notify your crew Captain and / or Coxswain.

  • The Captain and / or Coxswain will immediately notify the nearest safety boat with their whistle & yellow card provided in their CSM boat-kit.

  • If for any reason, the safety boat is not in view or does not hear the whistle, the Coxswain or Captain is to call the on-shore Safety Officer (613-710-0509) with the nature of the minor injury, and course location.

  • The on-shore Safety Officer will dispatch the nearest safety boat by initiating a call with the nature of the concern, and location of the rowing boat.

  • The safety boat drivers will make it their priority to intercept the rowing boat to attend to the rower with a minor medical concern.

  • The safety boat drivers will be equipped with First Aid kits, and will provide care to the best of their abilities if consent to care is provided by the rower with a medical concern.

  • If at any point the minor medical concern escalates, please follow the guidelines outlined above for major injuries or major medical concerns.

  • If the safety boat driver feels that the rower is no longer able to row, they will be transferred to the safety boat and taken back to shore.

  • The remaining crew and Captain can make a decision to complete their event or return to ONEC, if it is safe to do so.

  • If the crew is unable to row home, the remaining crew members will be rescued in sequence of need, and the boat will be towed to shore.


3. CAPSIZE

  • In the event of a capsize, the crew or sculler must remain with their boat. single scullers may attempt to right their boat, and get back in.

  • All crew members will immediately don their PFD.

  • The Captain and /or Coxswain of the boat will to do an immediate verbal check-in with the crew to ensure everyone is accounted for.

  • Crew members are to report any injuries or medical concerns to their Captain and / or Coxswain.

  • Once everyone is accounted for, the Captain and / or Coxswain will visually flag down the nearest safety boat and/or use their whistle.

  • If for any reason, the safety boat is not in view or does not hear the whistle, the Coxswain or Captain is to call the on-shore Safety Officer (613-710-0509) with the nature of the minor injury, and course location.

  • the on-shore Safety Officer will dispatch the nearest safety boat by initiating a call with the location of the capsized boat, and the nature of any injuries or medical concerns.

  • Crew members will remain with their boat until a safety boat is dispatched for rescue.

  • If you are on the water and witness a capsize, you may approach the boat to ensure everyone is safe, but under no circumstances are you to attempt a rescue. The safety boat is better equipped to help rowers in the water.


Emergency Response Plan On-shore Coordinator:

Warren Chrusciel

contact number:

613-710-0509


CSM Safety Officer & First Aid Attendant Advisor:

John Moore, Canadian Certified Physician Assistant

BCLS-HCP Level. AHA & Red Cross First Aid Certification for Adults, Children and Infants.

Contact Number:

613-552-5549