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Following on from Jim’s 10th Feb email, reminding us of the simple questions to ask to check understanding of certain elements of our safety plan, we have produced a simple schematic ‘Safe To Row Dashboard’. 

This endeavours to simplify and clarify the factors to consider before deciding if safe to boat, and those quantified factors that trigger status board changes. Each of the elements is covered in our Safety Rules, which are here on the website and posted on the club Safety noticeboard.

Please take time to review this, and go through it before each outing. 

Safe to row dashboard

 

Thanks

Nick

Club Rowing Safety Advisor

Great to see so many new rowers out on the water during the late summer evenings.

Here are some reminders for us all particularly relevant to our reach during busy times.  

    • Steering/look-out: ensure your cox/steer is appropriately experienced and looks-out frequently. If you see someone approaching, and on course for potential collision, please remember to shout ‘look ahead sculler/double/quad’. Do not assume they have seen you.
    • Navigation: follow designated pattern, avoid middle third of the river.
    • Turning points: turn at specified points only (immediately downstream of the A4 roadbridge – not off the pontoons; immediately upstream of the Sounding arch – primarily for crews returning from Boulters lock-to-lock pieces; and in the Bray lock cut), and take a good look out before starting to turn.
    • Cruisers and canoeists: pay particular attention to other river users, they may not see you.
    • Whiteboard: if you are boating outside designated squad times, please use the whiteboard propped up next to the cox-box and key lockers. Remember to erase your entry when you return from your outing.
    • Lifejackets/PFDs: Vero Jones is doing a fantastic job maintaining our lifejackets and PFDs. If you notice any damage or defects, please advise her.
    • Coaching launches:
    • Risk assessment: everyone is responsible for their own safety. Do your own risk assessment (capability/experience, conditions, equipment) before each and every outing. If in doubt, do an ergo instead.

We have had a couple of near-misses recently. Please be aware of your surroundings, particularly other boats.

Please learn and abide by our rules. They are on the website (here), and hardcopies posted inside and outside the clubhouse.

Row Safe

Nick

Nick Steel 
MRC Water Safety Advisor
Cell +44 (0) 782 484 8591 

A new safety alert addressing boat positioning has been issued. Please read it here.

We have recently completed a lifejacket/PFD check, and removed some for maintenance. Several are missing from the hooks in the boathouse. We would like to check their conditions. Please return ALL lifejackets/PFDs to the boathouse before 18 April. Once checked we will be issuing regular coaches with an allocated lifejacket. Please remember to check the weight-rating of any lifejacket/PFD before use, and wear it correctly.

As the weather conditions improve and we get more boats onto the water, please remind yourselves of the following:

  • Steering/look-out: ensure your cox/steer is appropriately experienced and looks-out frequently.
  • Navigation: follow designated pattern, avoid middle third of the river.
  • Turning points: turn at specified points only.
  • Cruisers and canoeists: pay particular attention to other river users, they may not see you.
  • Coaching launches: only seat the designated number in the launches, unless being used in a rescue situation (following risk assessment). Use kill cords at all times. Check your lifejacket/PFD is appropriate for your weight, correctly worn, and you know how to use it. Check safety bag contents. Carry a cell phone with key contacts (list next to emergency phone in boathouse).
  • Risk assessment: everyone is responsible for their own safety. Do your own risk assessment (capability/experience, conditions, equipment) before each and every outing. If in doubt, do an ergo instead.

Please learn and abide by our rules. They are on the website, and hardcopies posted at the clubhouse. Look after each other.

Row Safe

Nick

Nick Steel 
MRC Water Safety Advisor

Recent incidents on the Tideway and at our club remind us to learn and practice the safety basics.

  • Cold water rowing:check temperature before boating (easy to read floating thermometer on the pontoon directly in front of the status board). If temperature is below 5 deg. C at night – no boating. Remember the ‘one degree, one minute rule’ (the ratio of temperature to survival in cold water). Check the rules for restrictions applying below 8 deg. C
  • Night time rowing: wear high visibility clothing and/or ‘snap bands’ to make you more visible if you capsize and are separated from the boat. Check the rules for restrictions on who may boat.
  • Capsizes:know the drill (stay with boat, get as much of your body out of the water as possible)
  • Coaches/launch drivers:use the kill cord at all times. Check your lifejacket is appropriate for your weight, correctly worn, and you know how to use it. Check safety bag contents. Carry a cell phone with key contacts (list next to emergency phone in boathouse). Crews must look out for the safety of their coaches just as much as they look out for the crews
  • Boat positioning: don’t underestimate the strength of the stream on the boat’s manoeuvrability. Pay particular attention at ‘pinch points’ (Bray corner, boathouse reach). Use designated turning points
  • Risk assessment: everyone is responsible for their own safety. Do your own risk assessment (capability/experience, conditions, equipment) before each and every outing. If in doubt, do an ergo instead.

Please learn and abide by our rules. They are on the website, and hardcopies posted at the clubhouse. Look after each other.

Row Safe

Nick

The latest Safety Alert is attached as a reminder to keep a good look-out at all times, and steer defensively – keep close to the right-hand bank at all times (except when overtaking) and always avoid the central third of the river. This is always important, but especially so now that all squads are back on the water in force.

 

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