Safety Guidelines for the Potomac River from Reagan National Airport to Chain Bridge

This is the home of the Potomac River Safety Committee (PRSC). The goal of the organization is to educate coaches, coxswains, rowers, and paddlers on the safe usage of the Potomac River from Ronald Reagan National Airport to Chain Bridge.

The PRSC has drafted a booklet of rules and guidelines for the safe usage of the upper Potomac River to help in this education process.

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Safety Rules & Guidelines

Everyone on the Potomac River should familiarize themselves with the PRSC Safety Rules and Guidelines.  These include traffic patterns, guidance for rowers/paddlers, as well as safety considerations for different weather and emergency situations.

Please make sure you review the traffic patterns outlined here.

Potomac River Safety Map

The PRSC-established traffic pattern is clearly outlined on the safety map along with other landmarks and obstacles. 

It is important that all river users understand the follow the traffic pattern to create a safe and accessible waterway for all.

Join the PRSC Email Group

Join the Potomac River Safety Committee email list to connect with others who share your passion for safely sharing our majestic river.

By signing up, you’ll be part of discussions around critical safety issues, including traffic patterns, obstacles and debris, and guidelines for responsible river usage.

Stay in the know about upcoming events and initiatives aimed at enhancing safety and enjoyment on the Potomac River. Sign up today and be an active participant in Potomac River safety!