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COVID-19 Update (17.05.21)

Update to BR Return to Rowing v11

British Rowing have updated the guidance from v12 for our return to rowing as we enter step 3 from Monday 17 May.

Key updates effective 17 May:

  • Group indoor training allowed (max 6 or 2 households, space dependent: 100 sq feet/9.3sq metre per person)
  • Outdoor groups up to 30
  • Indoor hospitality in groups of 6 or two households
  • Changing rooms and showers may open but maintaining minimum use
  • Updates for competitions.

You can read the full release on the BR website.


COVID-19 Update (03.11.20)

Update to lockdown 5 November 2020

British Rowing have shared their understanding of the lockdown starting 5 November 2020.

Updated 5 November 2020

British Rowing have released their full details relating to rowing activities during this lockdown period.

With the uncertainty of the lockdown, BR are liaising with Sport England and UK Sport for clarity. Their current likely outcomes are:

  • Sports facilities will fully close, including landing stages.
  • There is no plan for waterways to close.
  • With facilities and landing stages closed, no rowing will be possible.
  • There will be no university sport.
  • Junior sport will take place only during PE at school.
  • No competitions will take place.
  • Only GB Team will be able to train.

Read the full release


British Rowing Sprint Festival – Cancelled

BR Sprint Fest, Cancelled

With regret, the event will not take place as planned this weekend due to the high probability of the local area of the National Watersports Centre entering Tier 3 of the Government’s Local COVID Alert Levels.

Announcement from the OC

The British Rowing Sprint Festival due to take place this weekend (31 October and 1 November) is cancelled given the high probability of the venue’s local authority (Rushcliffe Borough Council) being placed in the highest level of the Government’s Local COVID Alert levels (Tier 3/very-high risk).
Rigorous plans had been made for the event to be COVID-Secure in line with our Return to Rowing guidance. However, if Rushcliffe was to enter Tier 3, the travel restrictions at this level recommend people do not travel into the area from other parts of the country. Whilst organised sport, including rowing, is allowed to take part in Tier 3 areas, with clubs due to take part in the Sprint Festival from right around the country, the guidance regarding travel into Tier 3 areas makes it impractical to run the event based on British Rowing’ risk assessment.
We have been closely monitoring the situation, liaising with the National Watersports Centre and local authorities but have taken an early decision, before the restrictions are confirmed, to best help clubs and suppliers avoid any costs being incurred by a late cancellation. A full refund will be provided to the many crews that have entered.
We’re very sorry not to be able to provide an opportunity for what promised to be a weekend of really exciting, side-by-side, sprint racing. We would like to thank all the volunteers and clubs who have supported this event. We would also like to thank the Organising Committee for their work in developing rigorous plans for this event that will help enhance our guidance for competitions and all our suppliers, in particular the National Watersports Centre, for their support and flexibility.


British Rowing Sprint Festival

BR Sprint Fest

With BR entering phase H of their Return to Rowing guidance allowing affiliated competitions, British Rowing are running a 500m open competition at NWSC, Nottingham, over the weekend of Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November.

What is being offered?

The COVID-secure competition will offer 500m side by side racing for singles, doubles and pairs. There will will be time trials, semi finals and finals, where there are sufficient numbers. The events offered will be Juniors and Students on the Saturday, with Seniors and Masters on the Sunday.

Can I spectate and support my club members?

Spectator are strongly discouraged from attending to comply with government guidance and COVID-secure requirements.

Read the full BR Sprint Festival release, which contains more information and specific COVID-secure information.


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.

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.

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.


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!