Weybridge Ladies Amateur Rowing Club
The safety of our members on and off the water is our first and highest priority at WLARC and we strive to provide an environment in which our members can practise our sport safely and enjoyably.
We recognise that our members have primary responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others. The Club, through its Officers and Committee, encourages safe practices, having due regard for the guidance provided by British Rowing in RowSafe.
The Club has safety guidance and rules that it expects its members to respect; these can be found along with a copy of our latest British Rowing Safety Audit in the members’ section.
You can find more information on the Weybridge and Walton stretch of the River Thames, by checking the river conditions (Shepperton Lock to Sunbury Lock) and notices sections of the Environment Agency website.
WLARC is committed to keeping members safe when on the water and during land-based training activities. We endeavour to meet this commitment by following ‘Row Safe: A Guide to Good Practice in Rowing and having a clearly communicated policy that is understood by all members.
This document will make you aware of the risks you need to consider and the rules in place to reduce them, but safe boating starts with you. By signing your membership form you have accepted your personal responsibility to abide by these rules in order to stay safe.
The factors effecting safe rowing are grouped into four sections:
Before boating consider:
Cold water immersion and hypothermia:
Emergency Telephone Numbers:
Incidents and Equipment Damage:
All other non-rowing incidents involving injury or damage should be reported to the CRSA.
Steering and navigation:
Swimming and capsize training:
3. Risk Assessment and Navigation
Risk Assessment Guidelines (Boating):
It is the responsibility of anyone boating unsupervised or anyone supervising crews to perform a risk assessment. The forms and procedure to go through can be located on the bench by the white board.
A Risk Assessment must be carried out prior to every outing or at 2 hour intervals if staggered outings are occurring. This must be based on: river state, experience and strength of those boating, type of boat, strength and direction of the wind, temperature of the air and water, weather (including likelihood of lightning) and visibility. If there is any doubt about the wisdom of boating - DON'T.
Guidelines on boating are to be used by everyone boating from WLARC. The Club uses the EA River State coloured warning boards, the level of the river at the landing stage, as described below, and other weather information (e.g. fog or lightning) to determine the Rowing State.
Boating in darkness:
Thunder and lightning:
Steering and navigation:
All members should be familiar with the layout of our stretch of water (navigation diagram available in the boathouse). The following rules will help to prevent accidents:
No crew has the right to overtake. Only overtake when you are sure it is safe. Crews overtaking should move towards the centre of the river having first checked that the intended course is clear; those being overtaken should keep well in to the bank and warn the overtaking steersman of their presence if appropriate.
The numbered items below correspond to points on the river map:
All equipment, boats and blades must be checked before and after each outing for damage. Any damage found and not dealt with immediately must be recorded in the equipment book, an email with details sent to the equipment crew and the boat removed from use until repaired and fit for use again.
Boats and Blades:
All boats to be checked both prior to and after every outing:
Training in equipment set-up and maintenance to be carried out with all members annually and recorded.
All safety equipment to be stored in the boathouse and be readily accessible at all times. Written procedures for the use of safety aids and instructions can be found in the equipment cupboard. This must be read and understood prior to any member using a safety aid.
Safety and Coaching Launches:
Incident Reporting (all instances of capsize/collision/swamping). All incidents to be reported to CRSA.
These data are then passed to British Rowing for monitoring purposes here.
British Rowing Wafer Safety Audit Report for WLARC:
WLARC Boat House
Thames Tow Path