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 member 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 chek that everyone is acting safely. Please be on the look out for unsafe situations

can I boat - quick check as to who can boat on green yellow and red boards         reach navigation map - make sure you are aware of the no stopping zones 

adverse weather conditions - can I boat? 

Safety Equipment

  • Lifejackets: No coxswain or launch driver or passengerwill 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   Walbrook quick check - can I boat?

Restrictions on boating applies to everyone boating from Walbrook Rowing Club. Warning Boards indicate the state of the river and are displayed in the boathouse. In times of strong stream ie on Red Boards -  the Club Safety Advisor and Captain, or an appointed deputy, will obtain E.A. advice on water safety, consider the stream, wind and visibility, and make a decsion as to whether crews may boat. If they are not available then any TWO of the following must agree that a crew may boat:-  Diane Graham,  Peter Hope, John Graham, Nick Thomas, John Adibiyi. No crew may boat unless permssion has been received.  A risk assessment form must be completed each time a crew boats on red boards. Check the board for "red" classifications -= 3 reds = no rowing, any black = no rowing

When Red Boards are showing no juniors may boat. It would be expected that no single sculls will be allowed on the water unless accompanied by a launch. Those owning private boats are expected to follow the Club guidelines.  Depending on the speed of the river flow some crews may be allowed to boat with the permission of the Captain or his appointed deputy. Crews boating under these conditions must only go afloat if all members of the crew agree including the steersman or cox. Ideally they should be accompanied by a launch. Crews may not go further downstream than the club. No crew will be allowed to boat of the flow is above 250 as recorded on the EA official report for the day

There will be no boating under the hours of darkness

Rowing on Yellow Boards - Crews may only boat if a risk assessment form has been completed and in agreement with one of the designated club members. 

Rowing and Sculling

  • Seniors: Only those who are authorised may boat without a coach in attendance.
  • Juniors: Must always be attended by a qualified coach or a coach who is under the supervision of a qualified coach.
  • Juniors must complete a Junior Registration Form and have this signed by a parent or guardian before participating.

Rowing After Dark/After Sunset

"Rowing or sculling after nightfall is dangerous and should not be encouraged. All craft must be properly illuminated." (see the Rowsafe code) Crews may only boat with permission of the Captain or his authorised deputy. Club singles are not permitted on the water after sunset. No single scullers may boat alone at night.


  • 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

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's 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 marqueearea 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 Safety Handbook


WRC Safety Rules

Rules for boating particularly relevant to winter months and the water conditions.

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