Safety is the paramount consideration when considering whether to row.

The Club has made these Rules for Boating which are binding on all members

Safety Plan 

A new club safety plan has been produced which combines all the club's previous safety related documents into one easy to read plan. The plan can be read here.

        Rules for Boating


•    Only experienced and competent crews to row on the river alone (singles should have a buddy), all others must be accompanied by other experienced boats or a launch, commensurate with prevailing conditions, or as determined by the captain (or designate, see list below)


•    Always consider weather, stream and debris conditions. If in doubt go to the gym!




        1.       If less than 500m (steps to pumping station), coxed boats only with experienced cox


        2.      If less than 300m (steps to bridge) No Rowing


•    During winter and cold weather take extra precautions. Limit outing time (eg. 45mins for coxes)


•    Book your boat using the online system.  Ensure you cancel your booking if needed.


•    Private scullers or anyone rowing outside normal club sessions do so at their own risk.


•    If Green step is covered then a launch must be on the water (it can be tied to the slipway) with a person in charge ready to respond.

Risk Assessment

The Club Safety Officer has prepared a spreadsheet with a complete Risk Assessment for the risks associated with normal rowing. It is essential reading for all members.

Click on the link for access

Experience and Competence


The following list of members are deemed by the Committee to be competent to decide if prevailing conditions are suitable to allow outings (either in total or for specific crews)

James Allison
Mike Butler

Darren Cooper

Chris Cowburn

Julia Cowton

Dan Cowton

Charley Curtis

Dawn Evans

Eric Froggatt

Geoff Hitt

John Jenkins

Liz Lewis

Tim Male

Mark Stewart-Woods

Adrian Tully

Evan Whittal-Williams

updated May 2022


All members must respect the decisions made, which do not relieve individuals from making their own assessment whilst on the water.


(if none of the named members above are available to make decisions then be prepared to justify the prevailing criteria should you decide to go on the water!)