A risk assessment of our activities is completed annually and the results of this assessment are published on the club web site. It is important that all club members are aware of the hazards and the precautions that we all must take to make the sport safe.
One particular area of concern during the winter months is the possibility of a person capsizing and then getting into difficulties due to the low water temperature. For this reason it is important that juniors stay within sight of their coaches during an outing. For adults with less experience of rowing it is important to be aware that you are generally safer in a crew boat than in a single scull and if you do choose to go out in a single scull when there are few people on the water, then it is preferable to be with another single or crew so that in the event of a capsize there is someone on hand to assist. Remember that the club will provide you with safety information and require that you follow the rules set down in the safety plan but ultimately your safety is your own responsibility.
The capsize drill is held at Wycombe Sports Centre every year and we have around 100 people taking the swimming and capsize test. The first capsize drill for 2009-10 season took place in October, and we are seeking an opportunity to run another in the first quarter of 2010 .
Although we refer to the session as a capsize drill, a very important part of the evening from a safety viewpoint is the swimming test. The swimming test involves swimming 50m in light clothing or rowing kit, treading water for 2 minutes and swimming 5m underwater. If you or your children are planning to start rowing soon and you have any doubts about swimming ability, it is advisable to take a course of swimming lessons beforehand. Juniors who have not completed the Capsize Drill, or who cannot provide alternative evidence of their ability to meet the minimum standards described above, such as the RLSS Life-Saving Awards, should wear a personal flotation device (PFD) on the water.
I would like to thank all club members for their continued efforts to act in the interests of the safety of everyone whether training on the water, boating at the club or at regattas and head of the river races. I would particularly like to thank those who have taken extra responsibility by taking a session as duty safety officer. Your support is much appreciated