Rowing Risk Assessment
Before heading out onto the water, the Cox of each boat will fill in a risk assessment. This risk assessment is designed to take into account any factors that may add to the risk of the row including things such as the wind speed and direction, tide, river water and crew strength. The cox will always make the final decision on taking boats on the water and crews should always be prepared for a no-row (especially if the weather isn’t great). If a crew member has any concerns about a row, they should make it known to the cox before leaving the boat shed.
Night rowing has increased risks, but the principle is the same. The Cox of each boat will still fill in a risk assessment and make a final decision on taking a boat out. We also have standard rules for night rowing such as ensuring there is a minimum of 2 boats on the water (this could be 1 Celtic and a support rib).
What The Club Does
- Make navigation lights available for 2 boats in conjunction with all round white lights. This allows other boats to know the direction of travel from a distance.
- Creates an approved list of experienced coxes, ensuring that any novice cox is accompanied by at least 1 experience cox with an experienced crew.
- Fit radar reflectors to the boats.
- Create an approve list of rowers, taking into account experience and strength – this ensures the only crews on the water are experienced enough to handle the added risks and any novices are accompanied by a strong, experienced crew.
- Ensure the boats have reflective strips
- Supply torches in the shed to be carried in the boats.
What Individuals Must Do
- Understand that the cox will be coxing and won’t be able to offer coaching
- Must be 18 years or older and competent enough on the water.
- Express their interest in night rowing before night rowing starts (usually done through an email form sent to all members)
Before And During Each Night Row
All rowers and coxes must follow the below points when rowing at night:
- The risk assessment has been correctly 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.
- All boats must stick together on the water.
- Late back procedures are followed.
- Hi Viz jackets or vests are worn at all times
- Shawl life jackets must be worn by all rowers at all times.
- Boats must not go beyond the powder house or the lighthouse by Portmeririon (this limits the search area in the event of an incident).
- Keep as close to shore as is safe. In the event of a capsize, crews should get out of the water ASAP rather than stay with the boat.
- Avoid rowing on low water, spring tides.
- Each crew member must carry their own torch.