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Easy fix . . . Oamaru Rowing Club head coach Owen Gould says the club loses about 30% of possible training days because of high tides. PHOTO: GUS PATTERSON

A floating dock at the Oamaru Harbour would benefit the whole community, Owen Gould says.

The Oamaru Rowing Club has made a submission on the Waitaki District Council’s Oamaru Harbour Plan 2020 and Beyond plan, lobbying for a floating dock opposite the club’s base.

At present, rowers were often unable to train on the water because of high tides, Mr Gould, the rowing club’s head coach, said.

“It can be dead calm in the harbour, but the tide height is the killer,” he said.

“It surges up from about waist height to above the armpits.”

It meant it was often too risky to enter the water at Friendly Bay with a boat at high tide, and the rowers had to train indoors.

Rough conditions put both rowers and boats at risk of being tipped over. A floating dock would allow the rowers to put their boats in the water easily and safely, he said.

It would also be something the public would be free to use most of the time, he said.

“We are only using it between 4 and 6pm when we train, so it would be there for the community,” Mr Gould said.

“It would make a big difference to us.”

Innovative . . . Dockpro bricks are an affordable and easy-to-use way of improving entry to the harbour, Owen Gould says. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The proposed dock would extend about 5m into the water, anchored beside the boat ramp opposite the clubrooms.

Other harbour users had been supportive of the project, Mr Gould said.

A floating dock would cost between $8000 and $10,000, and the club would start applying for funding if it was given the green light by the council.

It would be made of Dockpro bricks, lightweight flotation devices that could be linked together to create an adjustable dock.