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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. 

The club adheres to British Rowing safety policies and carries out the British Rowing safety audit annually. 

All members are required to act in a safe manner around the site and take into account any potential hazards on the landing stage.


There can be over 100 people using the landing stage on a Saturday morning and as a result it is everybody’s responsibility to avoid injury or damage to equipment.


Please be on the lookout for unsafe situations and raise them as identified.


No club members is therefore allowed to take out a coxless boat unsupervised until passing the Steers’ test.


Boating conditions for Safe Rowing

Club members are assigned to either adult or junior categories and assessed as to their rowing experience. Please check your experience level with your coach, squad co-ordinator or the club notice board.


This will help guide you as to whether you can boat or not under certain conditions. 

A risk assessment is done based on experience, type of boat being used, presence of a safety launch and or coach as well as river and surrounding weather conditions. 

The full Club Policy can be found here  we recommend that all members have a copy readily available to review prior to each outing, whether being coached or not.


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


Walbrook Rowing Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all members. We believe it is important that all members, coaches, club officials, volunteers and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others.

Junior and Adult members are encouraged to be open at all times; sharing any concerns that they may have about another person with their coach or, if that is difficult or inappropriate, by email to the Captain or the Club Welfare Officer.

The CWO is responsible for advising on child and adult welfare/protection matters in addition to coordinating action within the club on receipt of any concerns or referrals. 

The Club Welfare Officer (CWO) is Jude Bowen:


We are committed to making sure that everyone who participates in rowing can do so in an enjoyable and safe environment.


To safeguard and protect all athletes, we work within guidance set out by British Rowing:

  • We believe that the welfare of people is paramount – our aim is to ensure that all are protected when training or competing.

  • We enable everyone, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual identity – to enjoy a fun and safe environment.

  • We take all reasonable steps to protect athletes from harm, discrimination or degrading treatment, and respect their rights, wishes and feelings.

  • We take seriously any suspicions and allegations of poor practice or abuse, and will respond swiftly and appropriately to them.

  • We ensure that all adults who work with young athletes, including our coaches and volunteers, are recruited with regard to their suitability for that responsibility; receive guidance and/or training in best practice and child protection procedures; and are subject to checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service, at the enhanced level.


British Rowing is committed to ongoing development and provision of policies, best practice guidance and central support towards Safeguarding Children, Young People and Adults with care and support needs.

For more information on British Rowing's Safeguarding policy and strategy, please visit the links to the right hand side

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