Category: Coaching

COVID-19 Update (2.07.20)

Return to Rowing Guidance

British Rowing update regarding crew boats of mixed households

Following British Rowing’s submission to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in relation to the ‘teamsport’ aspects of rowing, specifically crew boats, they have received feedback and updated their Coronavirus advice: Return to Rowing to Version 5.

The first step to allow mixed household pairs and doubles is effective as of 01 August.. This will also see British Rowing move from Phase C to Phase D.

For now, BR remains in Phase C.

Read the full release



COVID-19 Update (17.07.20)

Return to Rowing Guidance

See update from British Rowing

British Rowing have this evening released an update to their coronavirus advice: Return to Rowing V4.2 guidance documentation. This update to the advice is effective as of 25 July.

“British Rowing has made a submission to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in relation to the ‘teamsport’ aspects of rowing. This submission relates particularly to crew boats in a rowing context. We are currently awaiting feedback from the DCMS review of this proposed advice and will publish as we are able to.

This guidance has been released following the government advice updates, 09 July, to assist the rowing community in its planning for its return to rowing.”

BR remains in Phase C

Key points in version v4.2:

  • Mixed household boats are not permitted, subject to BR plans submitted
  • Competitions are not permitted, subject to BR plans submitted
  • Changing rooms should remain closed
  • Gyms, indoor training, bars and catering facilities can be opened subject to them being COVID-Secure. You may find this is not a sensible option for your club.
  • New and update links to guidance and external documentation.
  • Ensuring your log of people attending the club can accessed for 21 days if needed for NHS Track and Trace.

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Rowing Safety Quiz June 2020

Rowing Safety Quiz

Hopefully many of you have now taken the chance to return to the water in some capacity, either sculling or in family boats, why not take a few minutes to have a go at this safety related quiz and test your knowledge!
No personal details are recorded and the quiz will be marked automatically at the end.
You can download a paper docx version in two options, multiple choice or non-multiple choice.

Answers

The topics in this quiz are:

  • Throw Bags
  • Radio Procedure
  • Sunburn, Heat Illness and Exhaustion
  • Waterborne Infections
  • Safety Inspections and Boat Checking
  • Head Injuries and Concussion
  • Is it safe to go out alone?
  • Swimming

Good luck!

COVID-19 Update (29.06.20)

Return to Rowing Guidance

See update from British Rowing

British Rowing have this evening released an update to their coronavirus advice: Return to Rowing V4 guidance documentation. This advice is effective as of 4 July.

This guidance has been released following the latest from the government, 23 June, to assist the rowing community in its planning for a return to rowing. As a result of the information, this “means we are in the situation where clubs (subject to making them ‘COVID Secure’) could open club bars but the gyms and changing rooms cannot be reopened. What this means for us is that we are going to have to adjust our roadmap slightly and so although we will move to Phase C of our plan, unfortunately it will not include all the aspects we originally included.”

This latest update moves BR into Phase C

Notable updates to version 4:

  • Organised/coached sessions may be possible, subject to social distancing rules (e.g. small groups of singles).
  • Club bars and catering facilities may re-open subject to Government requirements for them to be COVID secure although it likely that it will not be sensible for rowing clubs to open these facilities.
  • Other club facilities may re-open once Government advice allows.
  • Gyms, changing rooms and other indoor training facilities must remain closed.
  • BR strongly recommend that clubs do not re-introduce crew boats.
  • Give consideration to how you would reverse any decisions should they become problematic or if the Government needs to re-impose any restrictions. Similarly, clubs should have a plan in place should a member test positive.

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See the Advice for Rowers page from the guidance below

NWSC Opening

National Water Sports Centre – Regatta Lake

Please see the note from Jack at NSWC

Dear All,

First, I would like to thank everyone that has supported us through the closure, and came down to the lake during the weekend. As a reminder the initial opening times are Monday, Thursday and Friday 4.00-7.30pm and Saturday and Sunday 7.00-12.00noon.

Now that we have had some time to reflect on how last weekend went, I am writing to you to;

Detail some of the rules, all in line with British Rowing guidance on the return to rowing (please find a copy attached for the ‘version 3’ which we are using now as the best guidance). Ask for your risk assessments and plans in relation to achieving the guidance within Coronavirus Advice Returning to Rowing.

Detail some of the rules

These are rules that 1. we are choosing to highlight from the Coronavirus Advice Returning to Rowing (from British Rowing) to clarify the sites position 2. we have created to achieve social distancing measures 3. we have created to minimise the risk of a surveillance boat being launched therefore breaking the social distancing rule.

We do expect all users to operate in line with the British Rowing Guidance and also Government guidance, which can be supported by following the rules below for NWSC:

  1. In order to achieve government guidance a maximum of six people can arrive for organised club activities at once, there must be a gap of 30 minutes before another group can arrive.
  2. In order to minimise the possibility of a two man launch the circulation pattern will be up lane 8 and down lane 0 (with the option to use lane 1).
  3. In order to achieve social distancing measures on the forecourt, parking of vehicles and trailers will be restricted to marked club areas, no other parking (vehicles and trailers) will be permitted on the forecourt. Overflow and non club parking will take place in the grounds compound.
  4. In order to minimise the possibility of a two man launch, Junior rowers must be accompanied by coaches / bank support in a ratio of 3:1.
  5. In order to achieve social distancing measures only single/double crafts can be used. In the case of doubles a club must sanction the use based on government household/bubble guidance at the time of use and inform NWSC as such.


As the guidance changes from central government and National Governing bodies of sports, we will of course update our guidance and rules.

Ask for you risk assessments and plans in relation to achieving the guidance within Coronavirus Advice Returning to Rowing (from British Rowing)

Please can I request that you send your Risk Assessments and Plans for operating at this stage including the use of boat bays. I will need these by the end of the day on Wednesday 17th June.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for clarification or if you have any questions.

Thank you
Jack Garner
Contract Manager

Rowing Safety Quiz May 2020

Rowing Safety Quiz

While our current training remains home-based supplements by some limited on water sculling, why not take a few minutes to have a go at this safety related quiz and test your knowledge!
No personal details are recorded and the quiz will be marked automatically at the end.
You can download a paper docx version with additional open ended questions in two options, multiple choice or non-multiple choice.

The topics in this quiz are:

  • Launches
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Resuscitation (CPR & AED)
  • Coaching
  • Safe Navigation and Steering
  • Risk Assessment

Good luck!

COVID-19 Update (22.05.20)

Return to Rowing Guidance

See update from British Rowing

British Rowing have this evening released their coronavirus advice: return to rowing guidance.

This guidance has been released to assist the rowing community in its planning for a return to rowing. The guidance is extensive and covers a large number of scenarios although not everyone can be covered unfortunately. They have detailed not only phase B, in which we currently are, but also each of the following phases up to the final phase: F. There are a number links to websites and supporting information with the document which you can view on the BR website.

Read the full release



See the Advice for Rowers page from the guidance below

COVID-19 Update (13.05.20)

COVID 19 Update (13.05.20)

See update from British Rowing

Given further clarification of the UK Government’s advice, we advise that Affiliated Clubs may, if they wish/are able to, allow members to use club/shared boats (in addition to private boats) from their facilities subject to:

  • having a club plan in place to support safe access to and use of equipment (e.g. boats/blades). This must follow all relevant Government guidance including hygiene and social distancing; and,
  • continuing to follow all relevant UK Government and/or waterway authority restrictions.

British Rowing is pleased that restrictions are starting to be lifted to allow people back on the water but we believe all rowers and clubs must act in both the spirit and to the letter of the Government guidance to protect the health of the rowing community, other rivers users and the wider public.

It’s important to remember that this is not at all a return to normal operations or club activities – only the absolute minimum necessary areas of clubs should be opened and only to facilitate access to boats and equipment.

We appreciate that many of you will be eager to get back on the water but we would ask you to be patient with your club and provide time for them to put in place the right measures to keep you and the rest of your club safe. Please bear in mind that planning and implementing these measures for safe access to the club may take time and your club’s volunteers are likely to have other priorities that they need to manage as well. Please wait for your club to let you know the specific arrangements they have in place.

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COVID 19 Update (12.05.20)

Latest update from British Rowing Tuesday 12th May 20

We The UK Government yesterday (11 May) published its strategy for recovering from coronavirus (“Our Plan to Rebuild”) which included a change to restrictions related to exercise effective from Wednesday 13 May. In line with our planning for a safe return to rowing, we have drawn the following conclusions (based on the rationale set out on our website available via the link below).:

Rowing in privately-owned rowing boats from publicly accessible waterway access or with permission of landowners is possible subject to:

  • UK Government rules relating to social distancing being adhered to;
  • Recreational use of the waterway being permitted by the relevant authority*; and,
  • an appropriate risk assessment and accompanying measures being in place taking into account any normal, local safety rules or good practice.

At this stage, we recommend that British Rowing Affiliated Clubs should remain closed (current UK Government advice suggests leisure facilities may open no earlier than 4 July). Therefore, anyone launching rowing boats should do so from publicly accessible slipways/other waterway access or with the express permission of the landowner.

We do not believe that any rowing activity requiring a coaching/safety launch fits within the spirit of the current UK Government guidance and also British Rowing’s RowSafe guidance

Given the current situation and likely outlook, we have taken the decision to extend our suspension of Affiliated Competitions until 31 July – including the cancellation of the British Rowing Offshore Championships & Beach Sprints and British Rowing Junior Championships. We reasonably expect it is likely that this suspension will eventually be extended until at least the end of August.

* At the time of writing, the three major waterway authorities have differing restrictions – please see the full update via the button below for more detail.

We continue to monitor and review the latest advice from the UK Government and will update our advice, as necessary, as more information becomes available.

Please note that this advice relates to rowing in England. We continue to work closely with our colleagues from Scottish and Welsh Rowing to share good practice, however, the restrictions on the public now vary between England, Scotland and Wales. Latest advice for Scotland and Wales are available at the links below:

Scottish Rowing

Welsh Rowing

As of 12th May 2020:

Canal & River Trust: Recreational use allowed.

Environment Agency: Restrictions still in place.

Read the full update and rationale here