Weybridge Rowing Club - Safety
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Weybridge Rowing Club is committed to keeping
members safe on the water and when engaged in rowing or training
activities by following British Rowing's
Rowsafe Code. We endeavour to meet this commitment by having a
clearly communicated policy that is understood by members, coaches
and leaders in the club. To facilitate this all members will be
assessed for competence in rowing safety knowledge and will not use
club equipment unsupervised until they have been satisfactorily
- Lifejackets: No coxswain will
be allowed on the water without a lifejacket. Anyone using a motor
launch is to wear a lifejacket.
- Coaching Launch: Anyone using
the launch must either hold an RYA Level 2 Launch Driver's
qualification or have demonstrated to the Club Captain or Safety
Adviser that they are competent to drive. The launch may be manned
by juniors under the supervision of a Weybridge Rowing Club coach or Club Captain
under WHITE BOARD conditions only. The Launch Safety Kit must
be in the launch whenever it is in use.
- Throw lines: The throw lines
are kept in the cupboard under the kitchen serving counter. Anyone
coaching or providing safety cover from the bank should equip
themselves with a throw line. There is an additional throw line in
the Launch Safety Kit for use in the launch.
Restrictions on Boating - Warning
Restrictions on boating apply to
everyone boating from Weybridge Rowing Club. Warning Boards indicate
the state of the river; these are coloured boards situated
prominently on the door of the ladies changing room. In times of
strong stream the Club Captain, or an appointed deputy, will obtain
E.A. advice on water safety. If necessary, the Club Captain will
arrange for the warning boards to be changed. Consider the stream,
wind and visibility, and if there is any doubt about the wisdom of
boating - DON'T. If in doubt, contact the local Environment Agency
office (Shepperton) on 01276 454900.
for the Risk Assessment Guidelines which explain
the 4 statuses used and how they determine who can row.
Rowing and Sculling
- Seniors: Only those who have
an authorised 'Certificate of Competency" (signed by the Captain
or registered coach) may boat unattended.
- Juniors: Must always be
attended by an authorised adult. When they have an authorised
'Certificate of Competency' (signed by the Captain or registered
coach) the supervisor, at his/her discretion, may be in a sculling
boat. Juniors who do not hold an authorised 'Certificate of
Competency' must be accompanied by an authorised adult, with a
throw line, in a motor launch or on the bank and must be in sight
that adult at all times. A junior in this context is anyone under
- Juniors must complete a Junior
Registration Form and have this signed by a parent or guardian
Rowing After Dark
"Rowing or sculling after
nightfall is dangerous and should not be encouraged. When it is
necessary, a coach should accompany crews and scullers on the bank or
in an accompanying launch. All craft must be properly illuminated."
(see the Rowsafe code)
- display a white light front and rear, or an all round white light.
- wear light coloured clothing so
that if you go overboard you can be seen easily; ideally wear a
- allow inexperienced crews out at
night: or use red navigation lights.
No matter how careful we all are,
sometimes accidents happen. Here's what you should do:
- All accidents must be reported
to someone in authority at the club: the Captain, one of the Vice
Captains or a Committee member
- Minor incidents must be
written up in the Incident Logbook which is by the Junior
noticeboard in the club room. This includes "near misses" and
- Incidents where equipment is
damaged or someone is injured must be reported to the British Rowing by the
Safety Adviser. You must fill in an Incident Report Form with FULL details of the incident - place, time,
how it occurred, weather conditions etc. together with a diagram
if appropriate. This should be pinned to the notice board, and the
Safety Adviser informed. Check the
Guidelines for help in filling out the form.
- Any incident involving a motor
vessel MUST be reported to the Environment Agency, tel. 01276
454900. Make sure you note the name of the vessel, and obtain
witness statements if possible.
- Damage to boats must be
recorded in the blue covered book in the boathouse.
- NEVER - EVER put a damaged
boat back on the rack as if it had never happened. That is quite
unacceptable. If the boat is damaged it needs to be fixed, not
left for someone else to find and deal-with. No one's going to be
angry about a genuine accident, but hiding it or not owning up is
a more serious matter!