Section 1. GENERAL

  1. The colours of the club shall be bottle/forest green.  Racing kit to be of a type determined by the management committee from time to time.
  2. No crew or sculler shall compete under the name of the club without the sanction of the Captain.
  3. No boat or equipment belonging to the club shall be used unless authorised by the Captain.
  4. The coxswain or steerer (as applicable) of any crew shall be in charge of the boat and be responsible for its safety.  This must be clearly understood by all crew members before leaving the boathouse and their instructions must be obeyed. If the boat is damaged in any way it is the coxswain or steerer’s responsibility to report this to the Boathouse Manager and relevant Squad Vice-Captain.
  5. The use of club boats and equipment by members shall be at the discretion of the Captain.
  6. All members whilst afloat shall be correctly attired.  (Full tops to be worn while on river and in public view by male members.  Crop tops are acceptable for female members)
  7. Privately owned boats racked in the club boathouse may be charged a fee for racking, such fee to be set by the management committee; insurance cover to be the responsibility of the owner.  Owners of such boats shall comply with rules as set by management committee from time to time.
  8. All Juniors have to leave the Clubhouse or Boathouse before 10 p.m.  On specific club organised events at either location the organiser of the event shall give due consideration to such departure times.  If an extension to that time is considered suitable the Junior member must supply written parent/guardian consent to the organiser before attending the event.  In the event of overnight training camps similar written consent must be supplied to the organiser.
  9. All Junior members will comply with the Club’s Junior Byelaws and will comply with the Licensing Laws at any Club arranged function.

Section 2. BOAT HOUSE

  1. Boat House Please help to keep the boathouse in good order so that everyone can use it safely and easily locate equipment.
  2. Tools removed from the workshop must be returned immediately after use.
  3. Bikes Only coaches’ bikes are allowed in the boathouse and these must be hung on the labelled hooks provided. Private bikes are not permitted in the boathouse at any time; there is space outside to lock up your bike.
  4. Personal Items Bags/trainers etc. must not be left on the boathouse floor, these should be left tidily on the upper deck.
  5. ERC Equipment This must not be used to repair/replace parts on private boats.
  6. Lifejackets Must be worn by all coxswains (select the correct jacket for bow/stern loader) and members who have not passed their swim test and be put away on the hangers at the back of the boat house after use
  7. Each crew or sculler is responsible for the correct storage of boat and equipment after use, including regattas.
  8. Moving Boats Take care when moving boats in/out of the boathouse, ask someone to help or watch. Ensure boats which have been chocked while boats are removed or returned to the rack are un-chocked immediately.
  9. Central trolley All fours on this trolley are to be tied on. Ensure brakes are on when trolley is stationery and that the front wheels are within the white box painted on the floor.
  10. Oars and Sculls Single scullers only may put their oars on the pontoon prior to putting their boat on the water. Larger boats should be put on the water first and then oars taken to the pontoon. Oars must be put away promptly after your outing and not left on the pontoon. Oars should be hung in sets with four oars per rack.
  11. Care of Boats All boats should be washed down after use and put away carefully in the boathouse. All slides must be cleaned after outings.
  12.  Outings Please remember to sign out before your outing and remove your name when you return.
  13.  Bins Please put your waste in the bins provided. If any of the bins are full, please empty them into the wheelie bin outside.
  14.  Trestles Please return trestles to the trestle racks after use.
  15.  Doors The last crew or sculler off the water at each session is responsible for ensuring the securing and locking of the boathouse. Please ensure that both doors are bolted to the floor and to each other before locking the pedestrian door when you are the last person to leave the boathouse.
  16.  Accidents Please record accidents in the accident log book by the signing out board. Indicate date, name/s of those involved, boat names/numbers, action taken. This information should also be reported to Safety Advisor and squad Vice-Captain/s.
  17.  Damage If equipment is damaged please record it in the boat damage/ repair log on the workbench at the back of the boathouse. ALL damage should be reported to the squad VC responsible for the boat and the Boathouse Manager within 24 hours. Individual members may be held responsible for wilful damage or damage known to be have caused by their negligence.


  1. Appropriate athletic wear must be worn at all times, including footwear. No boots, sandals, open toed shoes or bare feet.
  2. Nobody is allowed to use the training room on his/her own.
  3. Do not remove any equipment from the training room.


  1. The weights equipment is not to be used unless you have been instructed in safe practices for lifting. No one should weight train on their own.
  2. Please be mindful of other users. Lift a safe distance away from all equipment and other training room users – preferably on the white area..
  3. If all, or most, of the ergos are in use there is not room to safely use weights. (Adequate space to move from one activity to another is not available and space for stretching out is at a premium.)
  4. Spotters are required for all free weights.
  5. Collars must be fitted to all bars before lifting begins.
  6. No juniors are allowed to lift without coach supervision.
  7. All juniors using free weights must have completed waiver release form and had this countersigned by their parents.
  8. Use appropriate weights for your level – follow a programme.
  9. Please wipe down equipment after use.
  10. All weights and bars must be put away after use, no exceptions.
  11. Please leave a bar on the squat rack at all times, remove plates for the next lifter.
  12. Any ergos which have been moved during a weights session must be put back in place and ready to use.


  1. Do not let go of the handles and let it fly into the machine no matter how tired you are as it is likely to smash into and damage the monitor (monitors cost £250).
  2. Place handles back after use; do not leave them in the rest position as it stretches the chain.
  3. Clean the handles, the slide and the seat of the ergo after use, preferably with anti-bacterial wipes.
  4. Do not stand on the slide.
  5. Do not remove batteries from the monitors, if batteries need to be replaced, please contact the Boathouse Manager.
  6. All personal items are left at owner’s risk. Exeter Rowing Club takes no responsibility for the loss or damage of any personal belongings.
  7. Please turn all lights off after use and lock the building.

NB Weekend use.

In case of inclement weather when water work is not possible the following rota will apply following notification from the club Captain.

  • 8.00-9.00         Ladies
  • 9.00-10.00       Men
  • 10.00-11.00 Juniors

Section 4. ON THE WATER

All members who go on the water (rowers, scullers, coxswains, coaches, umpires) must have completed the Club sponsored test in line with British Rowing’s RowSafe.

  1. All rowing in the basin will be with a maximum of 50% of crew rowing at any one time, except for pair oared boats. All crews/scullers will observe the circulation pattern when returning to the boathouse. Row/scull towards the Piazza on the Haven Banks side, turn and then row/scull on the Boathouse side towards the pontoons. The only exceptions will be because of: 1. a medical condition; 2. insufficient turning area available: 3. prevailing adverse weather conditions.
  2. Static drills should be practised in the basin.
  3. River and Canal All boats shall keep to the Starboard side of the waterways (right hand side).
  4. Regatta Straight Crews training on the straight should turn at the Saddles and Paddles pontoon by the Custom Shed, check both ways before crossing the river at right angles to the pontoon before turning to travel downstream.
  5. Do not travel diagonally across from the pontoon to the ferry hut.
  6. Do not turn mid-section.
  7. Boating in the basin should be done quickly and efficiently with boats pushing off from the pontoon and adjusting out on the water leaving the pontoon clear.
  8. Boating from the Venezia slipway when the river gates are closed. The usual boating upstream rule is suspended and boats will be placed on the water pointing downstream to avoid having to turn or cross over on the bend to the left of the slipway. This will only take place when the water is low (lapping just over the slip).
  9. Race/firm pieces should be carried out upstream. Not all river users are aware of this. Crews and coaches should be aware of and considerate to other river users.
  10. All crews should slow between the ferry and the road bridge.
  11. Side by side racing is occasionally required (usually scullers) but should only be done on a clear river and with the agreement of other coaches.
  12. Coaching discussions should be at turning points only and not mid-section or at pinch points.
  13. ALL crews should be told to shout loudly if another crew is approaching their section of water even if they think the other crew has seen them.
  14. ALL crews should be aware of and have practised emergency stop procedure (slap, bury, turn).
  15. Anyone going out on the water needs to be wearing High viz and lights when it is dark. This applies morning and evening. If one person in the crew is not wearing high viz the crew will not launch.
  16. All juniors are expected to wear high viz/brightly coloured tops on the water at all times.
  17. ALL crews boating early morning, at dusk or in the dark should use lights on their boat. White on the bow and red on the stern. Crews are responsible for providing their own lights.
  18. Double locks – all crews should take particular care using the pontoon. If the water level allows do not use the pontoon but boat from the side of the lagoon.

Section 5. Trailer

The Club has two trailers.
The large trailer may only be towed by a towing vehicle with an appropriate engine capacity (see GOV.UK website notes).

  1. Drivers must have a pre-1997 licence or hold a trailer towing qualification following a specialist towing test.
  2. The smaller lightweight trailer can be towed by cars and younger drivers without taking a specialist towing test (see GOV.UK website notes).
  3. The ultimate responsibility for the safe loading of the trailer lies with the trailer driver (insurance). Therefore the driver must supervise and check the loading along with completing trailer safety checks before beginning a journey.
    • Loading Plan This should be in place in advance of every event and should be used for outward and inward journeys.
    • The loading plan is the responsibility of the driver of the towing vehicle butcoaches should assist in preparing this.
    • Boats to be used should be listed by Vice captains and the trailer driver informed once the draw has been confirmed.
    • The trailer/s should be loaded top first, then middle then sides, highest rack first.
    • Sectioned boats should be dovetailed and not put on separate racks.
    • The bottom of the trailer should be loaded carefully and tidily in order to reduce damage to equipment, particularly blades. (In simple terms flinging it in and walking off will not do.)
    • Overloading and slinging of boats is not an option. (Crews should take responsibility for their riggers and seats leaving the trailer for blades and trestles.)
    • Seniors & Coaches should check boats which have been tied on by juniors as they cannot be held fully responsible for this task.
    • All competitors should take part in the loading and offloading of Club equipment, not just their own equipment.
    • Scullers owning their own boats are responsible for their boats, which may well be the last to load and the first to need offloading.
    • Evening activities should not be planned on regatta/head race days. All those competing should expect to be at offload and not assume that someone else will offload their boat/s.
    • Offload/rerig If the trailer is returned to the Club before 8pm all boats and equipment should be offloaded, washed and re-rigged. If the trailer returns after 8pm all equipment should be offloaded. Riggers should be placed on the upper floor of the boathouse, in sets. Washing of boats, blades, seats and riggers and re-rigging should take place the next day.
    • All those who tow club trailers, whether with their own car or the Club Jeep, are asked to complete the BR online trailer driving course and to inform Lisa Cocks, Safety Advisor, on completion.