New RowSafe is here!

RowSafe 2016 is here! It provides safety advice to rowers, clubs, events and anyone else who takes part in rowing.


c. Alasdhair Johnston

The 2016 version of RowSafe has been issued and can be found at  here.  Please bookmark this page for future reference.

The purpose of RowSafe is to help people participate in rowing without putting themselves and others at unacceptable risk.  It makes clear that everyone is expected to take care of their own safety and the safety of others. Make sure you read the new guidance to help you to take part in rowing to the best of your abilities.

RowSafe is set out in the following thirteen chapters.

Chapter 1. Culture and Expectations

Chapter 2. Communication

Chapter 3. Club Safety

Chapter 4. Event Safety

Chapter 5. Competence

Chapter 6. People

Chapter 7. Equipment

Chapter 8. Health

Chapter 9. Topics Covered in Risk Assessments

Chapter 10. Coastal Rowing

Chapter 11. Land Training

Chapter 12. Incident Reporting

Chapter 13. Auditing

There are hyperlinks to other sections of RowSafe and to other information on the British Rowing website and beyond.  RowSafe can also be viewed and downloaded as a single document.

RowSafe will evolve as we learn from experience and receive feedback from the rowing community. If you have any feedback, or if you have any comments or questions,  then please email The next review of RowSafe is due in Spring 2017.  The update process will take some time so the closing date for suggestions will be in January 2017.