RowSafe: 2018 update has been released

RowSafe provides advice and guidance to help people participate in rowing without putting themselves and others at unacceptable risk


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The 2018 update to RowSafe has been released and can be 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 updated guidance to help you to take part in rowing to the best of your abilities.

Updates to RowSafe for the 2018 release address the opportunities for improvement identified by users and the wider community, incorporates the Safety Alerts issued over the past year and extends the scope of RowSafe to include Ocean Rowing.

Other specific updates to RowSafe for 2018 include:

  • Coxes and steers shall keep a good lookout at all times when afloat. Coxes who cannot see directly ahead should enlist the help of members of their crew
  • The forward port and starboard rigger on all boats, other than single sculls, should be protected by a backstay
  • Launch drivers must be at least 18 years old unless accompanied by a responsible adult
  • Event organisers are expected to look after the welfare of umpires and other officials
  • Ensure that all beginner juniors use sculls with appropriate spoon size, blade length and handle size
  • In head races, during cold weather, endeavour to ensure that waiting areas prior to the start are beyond, rather than alongside, the course so that rowers have an opportunity to keep moving and thereby keep warm
  • Coaches are expected to ensure, when indoor rowing, that the rowers adopt good posture and use the correct technique

If you have any feedback, or comments or questions on RowSafe please email [email protected].