Risk of collision with other oared boat, powered vessel or fixed obstruction
Failure to keep an adequate lookout
Failure to follow CPRT
Third party issues
Selected crews will be steered by experienced coxes
No inexperienced coxes will be used.
No inexperienced crew members will be used.
Any cox selected will have good awareness of CPRT
No crew will be on the water after dusk.
Lights will be used in poor visibility conditions.
The lead for selection is responsible for ensuring that coxes are competent.
Lack of functioning launches during training
Engine failure/ lack of petrol during training
Impact on safety of crew minimal.
Inadequate launch safety equipment
The lead for selection is responsible for ensuring that borrowed equipment meets British Rowing Row-Safe standards.
Immersion in the Tideway
Risk of immersion, hypothermia and drowning.
Presence of launch during training.
Back up via RNLI if needed.
All coxes will wear buoyancy aids/lifejackets in line with BR Row safe
Rowers will need to satisfy individual clubs regarding competence to swim; if not competent then they must wear an appropriate buoyancy aid or lifejacket. The lead for selection is responsible for ensuring that all crew members have satisfied the requirements for swimming competence.
If rowers are competent to swim then they will not wear specific buoyancy aids in line with national standards for rowing as set out in BR Row Safe
Fast ebb stream conditions (high fluvial flow)
PLA ‘flag’ system
Greater chance of high fluvial flows during winter months
Lead for selection responsible for checking current status of PLA ‘flag’ immediately prior to training outings.
If ‘red’ flag then no oared boats should be allowed on the Tideway during the ebb; rowing may be possible during the time between low and high water but the stream speed may still be high.
Experienced crews may only boat in the flood period provided there is a direct assessment of conditions immediately prior to the outing.
If ‘amber’ flag then only experienced crews may boat on the ebb provided that there is a direct assessment of conditions immediately prior to such racing.
Poor weather conditions
High wind speeds
Lead for selection responsible for reviewing weather forecasts prior to training outings and identifying the risk of adverse weather conditions.
No crew should boat from the University of London Boathouse if the full width of the railway bridge is not easily visible.
No crew will be on the water after dusk or before dawn.
If gusts are forecast >30mph in a direction parallel to the river and against the stream then there is a high likelihood of unrowable conditions especially near high water.
However the Mortlake reach is relatively sheltered from the prevailing southwest wind direction, especially in the area of University of London Boathouse and it may not be possible to accurately predict the impact of high wind speed on the water conditions away from the Mortlake reach.
If there is doubt then the lead for selection is responsible suspending boating until further information is available.
Heavy rain or other climatic conditions may temporarily reduce visibility and the lead for selection is responsible for monitoring the situation.
Watermanship of crews in competition
- Failure of cox to keep adequate look-out.
- Failure to adhere to PLA byelaws & CPRT/ EA byelaws
See 1 above;
Experienced coxes will be used (only)
Experienced crews (only)
It is the responsibility of the cox to access and understand the rules and byelaws pertaining to each competition.
Safe transporting of boats
- Highways agency and other relevant authority requirements are met.
- Used of adequate trailer (designed to deal with the load) and towing vehicle used
- Driver has appropriate driving licence for trailer and load.
Lead for Selection responsible for ensuring that trailer and towing vehicle are adequate for the load and that the load is securely fastened to the trailer.
Lead for selection responsible for ensuring that the driver is appropriately experienced and licenced for the trailer/load combination.
If the club is utilising space on a trailer provided by a third party then the third party is responsible for the adequacy of the trailer and the towing vehicle/driver but the club is responsible for ensuring that the load is correctly fastened to the trailer.