Boat Holder

Purpose of Role:

The Boat Holder is a voluntary position that supports the fair and orderly boat racing by holding boats at the start of each 2000m race.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Adjust start fingers as required by the start officials.
  • Hold and adjust boat position at the start as instructed by the start aligner.
  • Undertake other duties as instructed by event umpires and boat holding team leaders.


  • Physically able - task includes walking along the narrow starting fingers, kneeling down, lying down and being able to hold the stern of the boat as directed by the starter.
  • Must be able to swim 

This position will require volunteers to lie down for extended periods of time and may require some strength to hold boats in difficult conditions.