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COVID-19 Update (30.09.20)

Return to Rowing Guidance

British Rowing have updated their Return to Rowing guidance today, 30 September to version 7.

The update today follows changes in government guidance and legislation. Andy Parkinson has included a foreword within this version, also on the BR page, in which he reflects on the previous months and our return to rowing.

Notable updates in Version 7:

  • Requirement for clubs to display an NHS QR code along with existing methods to support NHS Test and Trace.
  • Use of indoor spaces and the ‘Rule of Six’.
  • Consideration of wearing face coverings while inside.
  • Extension from 30 September to 30 December for AGMs.
  • A link to documentation of the Tyne Single Scullers’ trial competition.
  • Additions to “Advice to Competition Organisers” section that have been learning points from the trial competition.
  • A new section on “Spectators and control of site areas”.


Read the full release



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.

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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.

Read the full release



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!

BR Tour 2020 – Postponement

Postponement of Recreational Tour 2020

Please see below on behalf of the Recreational Committee

Dear Tourer,

We have held off formally updating you on this year’s tour while we assessed the developing situation and firmed up possible alternatives. The large group we typically have on the tour with associated accommodation, meals and travel poses serious problems in itself, added to which we have the fundamental issue that we row in coxed crew boats – for which there is no solution on the horizon yet.

We have therefore decided to postpone the event and have planned a new date of 29th July to 1st August next year.
This is earlier than usual, driven by the timing of the tides for the Teddington to Putney leg.
The format will be the same and The Lensbury Club have agreed to hold this year’s price for accommodation and meals.
Those who have paid deposits for this year can of course be refunded.

In place of this year’s event we will be publishing a virtual tour over the route which we would encourage you to do. This will give some interesting background to the points of interest and for those not familiar some training on coxing the Tideway. We propose to have a quiz on the Saturday evening (30th August) for you to test your knowledge.

Please register interest here and “Joining instructions” for the virtual tour and quiz will be emailed and posted on the Recreational Rowing website in August. We hope you are keeping well and managing to get on the water somehow.

Best wishes

John & Caroline Turnbull

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