CLUB WATER SAFETY ADVISOR: Lisa Cocks
Exeter Rowing Club puts safety at the centre of all its activities. The Club adheres to the BR Water Safety Code and submits its annual safety audit.
- A risk assessment has been conducted.
- A set of club safety instructions drawn up.
- A map marking river hazards is posted in the boathouse.
The club appoints a Club Water Safety Adviser who attends committee meetings where safety is an agenda item. The CWSA is responsible for giving advice to Club officers, coaches and all members who are all responsible for their own and others safety.
ERC takes safety seriously but recognises that it is an area which requires constant attention. All members who go on the water (rowers, scullers, coxswains, coaches, umpires) must be able to swim and complete a club sponsored test in line with BR Water Safety Code.
IS IT SAFE TO ROW ON THE RIVER?
To determine if it is safe to row on the river, our Water Safety Adviser’s guideline is the ’empty post hole on the ramp wall’ at the point where we usually boat. If the water is above the level of the empty post hole then the river is deemed UNSAFE to row on. No single sculls or recreational rowers should be on the river if the water is at the start of the slipway. Always check the flow of the river as this has a big impact on deciding whether the river is safe or not. In all cases, it is up to your coach to determine whether the river is safe to row on, do not go afloat without your coaches agreement and supervision.
A more accurate method is to check the Environment Agency Website, this gives the current water levels at Trews Weir (along with other gauging stations in the region). The level at the ‘post hole’ on the ramp approximately corresponds to a level at Trews Weir Station of 3.77m. So if you want to check on conditions go to the Environment Agency website and:
a) Check the level at Trews Weir is no more than 3.77m
b) Look at the ‘last 48 hours of available data’. This will give an indication as to whether the river is rising or falling.
It remains your responsibility to check conditions before going afloat, please use the resources available to ensure you make an informed decision.