Safety and Welfare

Safety

Water Safety Advisor

If you have a water safety issue or would be interested in finding out more about the water safety advisor’s role then please contact the water safety advisor by emailing to safety@robroyboatclub.net .

Compliance with the BR Water Safety Code

British Rowing RowSafe provides guidance on good and safe practise. The guidance documents prescribe the duties of care for athletes, coaches and coxes. Further details can be found on the BR RowSafe website.

Water Safety at Rob Roy

The remainder of this page focuses on key points that all members of Rob Roy should be aware of. Please take your time to familiarise yourself with them before venturing onto the water.

All Members

  • All members of the club have a duty of care towards safe rowing.
  • All members should familiarise themselves with the BR RowSafe guidance documents.
  • All members MUST be able to swim AT LEAST 100 metres in light clothing.
  • All members are required to acknowledge in writing that they are aware of their duties and responsibilities on theirs and the club’s safety.
  • No person should undertake rowing activity while they are suffering from a medical condition which could be aggravated by rowing activity.
  • All members should log their outings on the log by the changing rooms.
  • All members should ensure that they are able to stop the boat quickly.

Coaches

  • Coaches should train the athletes on responsible conduct on the water and while training to safeguard the athletes’ health.

Equipment

  • Rowers should check equipment is in good order before venturing on the water – all damage should be marked and reported.
  • All members are responsible to report any incidents or damage to equipment to the Captain.

Coxes

  • Coxes must make themselves aware of the navigation rules that apply on the Cam.
  • All coxes must wear buoyancy aids / lifejackets for all outings.
  • Coxes should ensure that their crew know how to stop the boat quickly.

Rowing at night or in poor visibility

  • Rowing at night or in poor visibility should be avoided as much as possible.
  • When going out in the dark is unavoidable or at other times of poor visibility rowers must attach a white light to each end of the boat.
  • Stay as close as possible to the right side of the river and do not take a clear river for granted.
  • Never row hard in high-risk areas (for example, where crews usually turn).

Juniors

  • No under-18 scullers may row unescorted by and adult bank party at any time.
  • No juniors may go out in the dark at any time.

Rowing off-Cam

  • Members rowing on location away from Cambridge must ensure they are aware of specific safety requirements of that location before boating.

Welfare

Welfare Officer

The Welfare Officer at Rob Roy is Jo Burch who can be contacted at (Email: welfare ‘at’ robroyboatclub.net).

Roles and Responsibilities

The Welfare Officer will:

  • provide information and advice on child protection within the Club;
  • ensure that the Club adopts and follows the ARA Safeguarding & Protecting Children policy and procedures and promotes awareness of the policy within the club;
  • act as a confirmation signatory, verifying the identity of individuals completing CRB Disclosure application forms;
  • keep records of all those who have been CRB vetted within the club to ensure that checks are updated on at least a three yearly basis; and
  • keep the club up to date with appropriate levels of child protection training/vetting.

Contacting the Welfare Officer

The Welfare Officer is the first point of contact for any matters causing concern within the club whether or not to do with child protection.

  • Is something worrying you?
  • Are you keeping it to yourself?
  • Do you need someone to listen?

To contact Welfare office email: welfare ‘at’ robboyboatclub.net.

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