WWU Non-academic Use Boating Policy

Please note the following procedures that need to be followed for all WWU-sponsored non-academic boating activities, with the exception of the Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory (see WWU Educational and Scientific Use Boating Policy):

  1. All occupants of motor boats, canoes, kayaks, row boats, rafts, paddleboards, etc.,  shall wear a Coast Guard Approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) at all times.
  2. Prior to using a personal boat, the WWU Boat Lease Agreement must be completed, signed by the boat owner, and submitted to Risk & Safety Management for review and approval with a completed Contract Approval Process form and a copy of the boat owner's proof of property damage and liability insurance coverage. Risk & Safety Management will retain a copy of the signed agreement and return the original agreement to the sponsoring department.
  3. All occupants of boats will sign a WWU Water Sports Waiver found on the WWU Waiver Policy page.
  4. No boat shall be used over 50 feet in length, unless chartered with a complete crew.
  5. All WWU whitewater rafting trips must include the services of a professional whitewater rafting guide.

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