Staying safe is all about taking care to avoid accidents.


We should all take care of our own, and others’, safety. There are hazards to avoid and we must be prepared to cope if something happens. Safety is all about what we do; it is about the way that we behave.

Accidents can happen when there is a hazard and we do not take care. Sometimes we create our own hazards, like leaving a bag where someone may trip over it or not doing a gate up properly.

Take a look at the Safety Basics online training module within RowHow; it will help you to think about safety in a structured way.

Please also see the Advanced Risk Assessment module which shows you how to produce a Risk Assessment.

Essential downloads for Clubs

Risk Management template

Completed Risk Management Plan example

Club Risk Assessment template

Completed Risk Assessment example

Guidance for rowers and canoeists on shared water

Essential downloads for Events

Risk Assessment template

Completed Risk Assessment example

Collision Avoidance

Collision avoidance

Collisions are too common and can cause serious injuries. Help to avoid collisions by keeping a good lookout and making yourself easy to see. Look at the short video on Collision Avoidance.

Incident reporting

If you are involved in an incident or even if you just see one then please report it using the Incident Reporting system. This helps us to understand what is happening so that we can provide appropriate advice.

Safety alerts archive

From time to time Safety Alerts are issued to Club Rowing Safety Advisers (CRSAs) to let them know about important safety issues. There is an archive of Safety Alerts and an archive of safety articles from Rowing and Regatta.

You can find further guidance in RowSafe. If you have any questions talk to your Club Rowing Safety Adviser. If you need further advice then contact your Regional Rowing Safety Adviser, or contact the Honorary Rowing Safety Adviser:

Remember to take care and be safe!

More in this section

Collision Avoidance

Collisions can be avoided, and the first step in Collision Avoidance is to keep a good lookout. Find out the do's and don'ts of Collision Avoidance...

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Further Guidance

Please have a look at this additional guidance on safety-related topics.

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Health and Fitness

Rowing both on and off the water is a great way to develop your fitness or to stay physically active.

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