The Club


Walbrook Rowing Club is committed to keeping members safe on the water and when engaged in rowing or training activities by following British Rowing's Rowsafe Code.  We endeavour to meet this commitment by having a clearly communicated policy that is understood by members, coaches and leaders in the club.  No club members is therefore allowed to take out a coxless boat unsupervised until he or she has passed the Steersman's test.



The Club Safety Advisor is Mike Lanzer 


The club adheres to the British Rowing Row Safe and carries out and passes the BR safety audit each December. In addition all members are required to act in a safe manner around the site and to look out for overhanging riggers, trailer arms, and in particular training shoes and blades etc on the landing stage. There can be over 100 people using the landing stage on a Saturday morning and so it is impossible to check that everyone is acting safely. Please be on the look out for unsafe situations


Safety Equipment

  • Lifejackets: No coxswain or launch driver or passenger will be allowed on the water without a lifejacket.     
  • Coaching Launch: Anyone using the launch must either hold an RYA Level 2 Launch Driver's qualification or have demonstrated to the Club Captain or Safety Adviser that they are competent to drive. The Launch Safety Kit must be in the launch whenever it is in use.


Restrictions on Boating - Warning Boards and Walbrook quick check

Click on the following link, to assess whether it is safe to boat:Click here 

Table 4 of the link document is set out below for ease of reference:

Additional link information useful in making the overall assessment is provided below: 

  • River Thames River Conditions (Environmental Agency yellow/red board status)
  • BBC Weather (air temperature)
  • Gauge Map (river flow rate)
  • Water temperature (this feed is taken from Shiplake, a distance upstream from the club but has found to be a reliable indicator of temperatures at Walbrook.  There is a thermometer kept in the metal box where the launch keys are kept in the boatshed, and should be used to check the water temperature at Walbrook if the temperature shown at Shiplake drops below 8 degrees celsius)


          Water temperature


Those owning private boats are expected to follow the Club guidelines.  



Rowing After Dark/After Sunset

Rowing or sculling after nightfall is dangerous and should not be encouraged. Only those permitted as detailed in the link document above may boat. No single scullers may boat alone at night in any circumstances. 

All craft must be properly illuminated (see the Rowsafe code). 


  • display a white light front and rear, or an all round white light.


  • wear light coloured clothing so that if you go overboard you can be seen easily; ideally wear a  reflective vest.


  • use red or green lights under any circumstances
Also take a look at the reach navigation map - make sure you are aware of the no stopping zones 


Incident Reporting

No matter how careful we all are, sometimes accidents happen. Here's what you should do:

  • All accidents must be  reported to someone in authority at the club: the Captain, one of the Vice Captains or a Committee member and the incident log completed
  • Minor incidents must be written up in the Incident Logbook attachd to the boathouse noticeboard. This includes "near misses" and capsizes.
  • Incidents where equipment is damaged or someone is injured must be reported to British Rowing by the Safety Adviser. You must fill in an Incident Report Form with FULL details of the incident - place, time, how it occurred, weather conditions etc. together with a diagram if appropriate. This should be pinned to the notice board, and the Safety Adviser informed.
  • Any incident involving a motor vessel MUST be reported to the Environment Agency, tel. 01276 454900. Make sure you note the name of the vessel, and obtain witness statements if possible.
  • Damage to boats must be recorded in the damage log and the laminated “Boat Damaged” sign attached to the boat. NEVER - EVER put a damaged boat back on the rack as if it had never happened. If the boat is damaged it needs to be fixed, not left for someone else to find and deal-with. No one is going to be angry about a genuine accident, but hiding it or not owning up is a more serious matter!     
  • Any repairs needed should be added to the repair board in the boathouse. We are all volunteers so please try and mend it yourself. Repairs like heel restraints, poor shoes, wiring to cox boxes etc. can all be repaired by club members – so please do so


Land Training

  • No junior is allowed to use the weights gym unless supervised by a qualified coach
  • No junior is allowed to apply for use of a key fob for the island site
  • Juniors are only allowed to use ergos in the marquee area unsupervised.
  • It is advised that adults using free weights should not do so alone


Swimming in the River

Juniors are not allowed to swim in the river or to play at diving/jumping from the jetty at any time. Parents should note that coaches are not qualified life guards and are asked to impress upon their children that this activity is forbidden. Juniors should not be on the jetty at any time unattended.



Walbrook Rowing Club Safety Rules

Additional rules for boating particularly relevant to winter months and the water conditions, are shown in the link below:

Walbrook Safety Handbook


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