Operational Plan & Safety Management Plan

Operational Plan will be updated close to the Rowathon Day

RFDS Operation Pelican Inc. Flying Doctor Rowathon

October 5, 2019

Operational Plan


The aim of this event is to ensure the safe, enjoyable and environmentally responsible behaviour of all waterborne personnel involved with the Rowing Marathon.

Organisations involved

Mildura RFDS

R.F.D.S Operation Pelican Inc

Wentworth District Rowing Club

There will be a number of Support Vehicles following the crews with UHF Radios and also Mobile Phones.

Program for the day

Date: 5th October 2019

Starting Time: 6.00am

Starting Location: Private property East of Trentham Cliffs

Crews will row downstream on the Murray River from the 904 Km river marker to Mildura Rowing Club lawns, stop for crew changes and morning tea then row through lock 11 to Coomealla Golf Club landing where they will stop for lunch. Then they will row down the Murray to the junction with the Darling River and up the Darling to finish at WDRC.

Finishing Location: Wentworth District Rowing Club

R.F.D.S. Operation Pelican Inc. will record crews departing at the start, and will also check

boats in and out at morning tea, lunch, and also at the finish line.

Safety Management

The RFDS Operation Pelican committee will coordinate:

Ø Communications

Ø Support Crew Responsibility

Ø Mildura RFDS first aid will be stationed on the river to access Ambulance and other necessary support crews

All communications to ambulance and police will be managed by Mildura RFDS

Wentworth District Rowing Club – 3 boats, 2 people per boat

Rowing clubs 1-2 boats, 2 people per boat

We expect to have approx 20 - 25 rowing boats and will start boats at approx 30 second intervals with a 1 minute gap after each 5 boats and our aim is for each group of 5 boats to have a support boat and to monitor each other’s progress. All coxes will have a copy of the relevant Murray and Darling River Charts to guide them along the rivers. They will also be briefed before the start to ensure all understand the safety plan including communication and emergency access points.



Wentworth Ambulance will have details of the rowing course and they are aware of access points along both rivers.

Murray River:-

Sturt Hwy Gol Gol

Mildura Rowing Club Lawns

Lock 11

Apex Park

Coomealla Golf Club Coomealla

Laza Way House Boats Coomealla

Sturt Hwy Curlwaa

Darling River:-

Wentworth Rowing Club Wentworth


Morning Tea – Mildura Rowing Club Lawns, Mildura

Lunch - Coomealla Golf Club river landing, Coomealla

Finish - Wentworth Rowing Club, Wentworth

Organisers, Support Crews, On Land and Participants on the River will have Radio and mobile phone communication for the Entire Course.

Any Further Information Please contact Sam Cross on 0408 596 390 or

Bob Symons on 0412 256 344

Any Further Information please contact Sam Cross on 0408 596 390 or

Bob Symons on 0412 256 344


The file below has the RFDS Operation Pelican Inc. Safety Management Plan in the format as issued by Rowing Victoria. This was updated in July 2019.