Rowing Guidelines

All our rowing, training and events are run and managed under British Rowing Safety Guidelines as laid down in RowSafe. Rowing is a dynamic, outdoor sport that takes place on a living river; as a result Members have to be competent swimmers and vigilant of river and weather conditions.

Members Responsibilities

• All rowing members should be competent swimmers
• Members are expected to have read and follow the Site Safety Rules
• All coxes and launch drivers/crew must wear appropriate life jackets


Our Club Safety Advisor is Richard Ray

First Aid Boxes are located in the following locations:
• Training Centre (Ergo Room) – Kitchen – right hand wall from kitchen doorway
• Weights Room – right hand wall of entrance
• Boat Shed – Location 1 – between main roller shutter doors
• Boat Shed – Location 2 – by Boatman’s repair bench (nearest to eights’ storage)
• Clubhouse Kitchen – 2 First Aid Boxes

Fire Alarm Protocol

Upon Hearing the Fire Alarm – please vacant the building and muster in the Car Park area and dial the Fire Brigade on 999

Rowing After dark & in Fog

• All boats on the water after lighting up time shall display proper and adequate lighting and the bowman shall wear a light coloured top.

• Where fog or mist has reduced visibility on the river, crews should only go out if the Railway bridge is clearly and consistently visible from the rowing landing stages.

• Coxwains under the age of 15 shall not be permitted to go out at night unless they have three years coxing experience.

• Coxless boats and sculling boats shall not be used at night.

Rowing in Flood Conditions

• The Captain shall be the final arbiter as to whether rowing or sculling shall be permitted in flood conditions.

• Boats shall not proceed downstream beyond Sabrina Bridge when the river is above the lowest large step adjacent to the boathouse.

• Under no circumstances shall any boat row over Camp Weir.

• No rowing shall be permitted after dark when the river is over the concrete apron at the bottom of the steps.

• Pairs and sculls (including private boats) shall not boat when the river is over the concrete apron without prior permission of the Captain (or, in their absence, a Vice Captain).

• No junior under 15 years, nor any oarsman over 60 shall row or scull on a rising flood stream when the river is above the lowest large step adjacent to the boathouse.

• Only tubs, coxed fours and eights (but excluding juniors under 15 and novices) shall row when the river is above the second large step adjacent to the boathouse.

Equipment & Boats

• No boat shall be taken out without the permission of the Captain or a Vice Captain.

• All boats taken out should be signed for in the register provided in the boathouse.

• Any damage to boats or equipment must be reported at once to the Captain and the Boathouse Manager.

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