Yes, it isn’t unheard of for boats to flip. Eights and fours are large enough that it’s virtually impossible to flip them, but if you were really trying to, it can happen. Singles and pairs on the other hand, are much easier to turn over. As a precaution, only experienced rowers that know what they’re doing will take out singles and pairs. In order to be on our team, you must be a competent swimmer. As a first year rower, you will be taught the proper techniques to make flipping less likely, so by the time you do row in a small boat, you will be able to do so safely. In the event that a boat does flip, the coaching staff will be able to pick up any dunked rowers on their launch, and turn the boat right side up. See what happens if you don’t tighten your oarlock here.