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Cygnet Rowing Club
on the Tideway since 1890
CSSC Sports and Leisure

Boathouse Safety Plan

All active rowers should familiarise themselves with “The Tideway Code - A Code of Practice forrowing and paddling on the tidal Thames”
All steers, coxes and coaches must have passed the club Steering and Navigation test
It is strongly recommended that there is at least one mobile phone 
(in a waterproof case) on board any craft out on the water.

The Emergency Action Plan and BoathouseSafety Plan can be viewed below. A single pdf of this information can be found here

Emergency Action Plan


Coach, cox and each crew member to carry out a personal risk assessment taking into account factors such as water/weather conditions and their personal health condition, as described in the Tideway Code

Coach, cox and crew members should carry out a safety inspection of the boat - heel restraints, hatches, bow ball, riggers, gates etc – and correct any issues found before going afloat

Cox or steers must sign out on the boat log in the boatshop, including a estimated return time

Coxes and launch occupants must wear suitable life jackets. The launch driver must use a kill cord

If boating in the dark, both rowing boats and launches must be correctly lit according to the legal requirements as specified in the Rowing Code


Cox or steers to sign back in on the boat log in the boatshop

Crew should wash the boat and blade handles. Always wash hands after outings and before eating.
A shower is also recommend, especially if you have become wet or cold during the outing

If you noticed any damage to the boat, fittings or blades during the outing, fill in the boat repair log and report the damage to the Captaincy


Check all entries on the boat log are checked back in

Are all the boats accounted for (on their racks, or signed out for repairs/regattas)?

Are all launches back in, have trestles and petrol tanks been stored away?

If YES to all the above, close and padlock the shutter doors, switch off the lights and lock the boatshop door


If it’s a coxed and/or coached boat, call the cox or coaches mobile

Ask around to find out if other crews/coaches have seen them

Cycle or walk along the bank (in the direction that they set out if known) and see if you can find them

If you can’t locate them on the water, check with the other boathouses

If, having taken the steps above, you are still concerned about the missing crew, especially if weather/water/day light conditions have deteriorated, DO NOT PANIC. Follow the Emergency Action Plan


In an emergency situation follow the Emergency Action Plan

For minor incidents there are two first aid kits available, one in the kitchen and one in the changing room. These have names and contact details of qualified First Aiders and in the changing room there is also a first aid book available as well as some instructional first aid posters.

All incidents both on and off the water or on land should be reported, especially if they involve damage or injury. Details of water based incidents that should be reported are available on the club website. You should inform the following people of incidents or rowing/training related issues.

If appropriate, submit a report via the British Rowing online reporting system (for issues with other rowers)

A member of the Club Captaincy

The Club Safety Advisor (who will advise if other agencies need to be made aware)

London VTS (for issues with motor vessels) on 0203 2607711