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Duty Rotas

Click here to view the Duty Roster or Click here for How to Request a Swap

To ensure all watersports at Scaling Dam are enjoyable and as safe as reasonably possible there are a number of duties which need to be shared across the membership. It is a condition of membership that members carry out their duties, subject of course to their abilities.

Duties will be allocated to memberships (family, single etc). Anyone in a membership group may do the duty - safety boat crews should be over 16 years old. We try to minimise the number of duties allocated but in order to cover the March - November programme the maximum annual quota for each membership is:

Membership Group

Number of duties

Family Sailing


Single Sailing


Paddlesport Family (incl Distant)

Distant Sailing Family

Distant Single Members

Young Adult Sailing Members


Paddlesport Single

Distant Paddlesport Single

Young Adult Paddlesport







The duties shared across the membership are:

Water Safety Duties:


Duty Type

Safety Boat Helm

Safety Boat Crew


16:00 - 20:00

16:00 - 20:00


16:00 - 20:00

16:00 - 20:00


Covered by the Club's regular Safety Helm

10:00 - 13:00

13:00 - 17:00


Covered by the Club's regular Safety Helm

10:00 - 13:00

13:00 - 17:00

And Race Management Duties


Duty Type

Race Officer

Race Assistant


18:00 - 20:00

18:00 - 20:00


11:00 - 17:00*

11:00 - 17:00*

*please note racing is often finished by 16:00 it would be unusual for you to be needed up to 17:00

Members will be informed of their Duty Type, which are described below:

Duty Type


Additional Information

Safety Boat Helm (SH)

Drives the safety boat and explains to the Safety Boat Crew what they need to do.

Must be RYA Powerboat Level 2 or Safety Boat qualified.

Safety Boat Crew (SC)

Assists the Helm - an extra pair of eyes and hands. Does not drive the safety boat.

No specific training is required.

Most members who participate in watersports at the club will be capable of acting as crew.

Wear warm clothing appropriate for the weather conditions. The club may provide waterproofs if necessary

If you want to know more about what to expect then our Development Officer, Phil or our regular weekend helm, Ian can explain what is involved any time they are free.

Race Officer (RO)

Manages the racing for the session.

More information can be found in the Race Office Guide.

Usually, but not necessarily an experienced racer who sets the courses, collates the results and explains to his assistant what they need to do.

Race Assistant (RA)

Observer and helper to the RO.

This is a valuable role providing an extra pair of eyes to help the RO run the race smoothly and fairly.

It's a good opportunity to gain a better understanding of racing and the racing rules.

With experience and training it is possible to progress from:

Safety Crew to Safety Helm - During quiet times Helms may be able to take members out in the safety boat and explain the role to give newer members a taste of the crewing role. RYA Powerboat Level 2 courses are held from time to time so members can become qualified as a Safety Helm.

Or from Race Assistant to Race Officer - Race Officers usually progress into this role from Race Assistant but courses are run occasionally to provide appropriate training.

Managing the Rota

Duty Rotas for SDSC will be managed through this website's "Duty Roster" page Click here to view the Duty Roster. - Members need to be logged in to see the Rota. It can also be accessed through the website "Calendar".

The Rota is an up-to-date summary of upcoming duties and will:

  • allow members to select their preferred duty dates / times. (First come first served).
  • issue notices and reminders of duties to members, direct to their email.
  • allow members to arrange a swap online if they are allocated a duty which is unsuitable. Click here for How to Request a Swap
  • always be up-to-date so the Committee can manage the duties day to day.

Members who have concerns about their allotted role should discuss it with the Duty Manager.

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