[CUCBC Captains] Updated BR Guidance

Conor Burgess conor at cucbc.org
Wed Sep 30 14:48:26 BST 2020

Dear all,

British Rowing have just released v7 of their Return to Rowing Guidance <https://www.britishrowing.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/200930-Coronavirus-Advice-Returning-to-Rowing-v7.pdf>. We were hoping for changes to the On Water Activity section to allow rowing with less than full crew, and to some extent they have delivered:

When coaching beginners, it may not always be possible to follow the advice above that a whole crew should row together at all times. In these instances, you may wish to put alternative mitigations in place to help keep COVID-Secure. For example, you may ask rowers to wear a face covering when they are not actually rowing (e.g. they are sitting the boat) and to place this in a ziplock bag or similar when rowing to avoid it getting dirty or wet.

This does now provide flexibility where previously there was very little, so I’d encourage you to discuss these changes with your college and boathouse staff and update your risk assessments accordingly. In particular, you may like to include multiple mitigations, such as the face coverings BR suggest, as well as bow four sitting the boat as far back on the slide as they can (without three and four’s blades getting in the way), and likewise have stern four sit as far forwards as they can (without five and six’s blades getting in the way).

Best wishes,
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