The safety of our members on and off the water is our first and highest priority at WLARC. Please make sure you are familiar with the navigation rules and the numerous safety measures highlighted in the links and information below.
You can find our Water Safety Policy below. Included is a copy of our latest British Rowing Safety Audit.
Read on for more information on the Weybridge and Walton stretch of the River Thames, to check the river conditions (Sunbury Lock to Molesey Lock) and notices sections of the Environment Agency website
Rowing and sculling are safe sports but as with all sporting activity, there are risks to be considered. 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.
The factors effecting safe rowing are grouped into four sections.
Before boating you, and your coach(es) need to consider:
All members will be encouraged to wear appropriate clothing and protection for the conditions:
Cold water immersion and hypothermia:
Before boating please ask yourself and coaches to consider:
Steering and navigation:
Swimming and capsize training:
3. Weather conditions
Assessed as part of the Conditions Risk Assessment carried out prior to every outing or at 2 hour intervals if staggered outings are occurring.
High wind (in excess of 15mph)
Boating in darkness
Cold water immersion and Hypothermia
Thunder and lightning
Stream and water level
All equipment, boats and blades must be checked before each outing for damage. Any damage found must be recorded on the equipment board and removed from use until repaired and fit for use.
Boats and Blades
Training in equipment set-up and maintenance to be carried out with all members annually and recorded
British Rowing Wafer Safty Audit Report for WLARC:
WLARC Boat House
Thames Tow Path
+44 (0) 7778 668019