Row Santa Cruz

Open water rowing (on the ocean or very large bodies of water) differs from flat water rowing (on rivers and lakes) in the equipment used and the type of racing emphasized.

Open water boats are sturdier to withstand ocean conditions and usually contain a self-bailer.

Often open water rowers carry personal flotation devices (PFDs) and compasses or GPS in order to navigate over long distances.

Like flat water rowing, open water rowers use sliding-seat rowing shells and the same oars.

Most open water rowing is sculling (2 oars per person) rather than sweep rowing (one oar per person).