Risk Assessment

Night rowing

The club will undertake the following points before night rowing starts:

1) To fit nav lights to 2 of the boats in conjunction with all round white light. This lets other boats know direction of travel from a distance.

2) To create an approved list of coxes.

3) To fit radar reflectors.

4) Only 2 boats to be made available. Reducing number of lights needed, and number of people on the water at any one time. This makes recovery easier in emergency.
Priority then given to those who don’t want to row in the dark at weekends.

5) To ensure boats have reflective strips.

6) To supply torches to be kept in locker to carry in boats.

Individuals will ensure before night rowing starts that:

1) They understand cox will be coxing, not able to coach at night.

2) They are aware they must to be 18+ and competent. (Juniors will have a session specifically at weekends, TBA.)

3) ALL who wish to row to register with Simon via email. Advice and support will be given to newer rowers if they are uncertain.

Before and during each row, individual rowers/coxes MUST ensure:

1) That risk assessments MUST be filled in. To allow for increased risk in the dark, add 1 to ‘crew’ before multiplying by ‘risk factor’. This means crews would not be going out unless conditions are relatively benign. If in doubt, don’t go out.

2) When 2 boats are out, they should stay together at all times. (one boat can launch, but extra caution is required.)

3) Late back procedures are followed. (See notes at bottom)

4) Hi viz jackets worn by all at all times.

5) No boats to go beyond powder house/Portmeirion (limits area in event of search.) Committee will let RNLI know this at start of season.

6) Life jackets to be worn at all times by all. Would recommend shawl jackets, but down to individual.

7) That as keeping close to shore, in event of capsize, get out of water ASAP (rather than stay with boat due to temp)

8) No rowing on low water spring tides, to avoid constant running aground and damaging boats.

9) Each individual to carry torch of some type. (Not mush use in water, but would be useful in evacuation to shore to get to safety)

Registering to night row means you accept and agree all of the above points.
Porthmadog (MYC) Longboat Rowing Race 2011 (8th May)