Safety and welfare

At Wallingford Rowing Club, we take the safety and welfare of our members, the public and the environment very seriously, and have measures and guidelines in place to ensure everyone’s safety and welfare. In order to familiarise yourself with these, please read this section carefully. All rowing club members are expected to be aware of these guidelines and measures and comply with them at all times.

We are following British Rowing guidelines on Covid-19 to maintain a safe environment for members and our wider community. For more details, please see the club guidance circulated via newsletters. As changes occur, please be patient as we navigate the various restrictions – we will share updates with members as quickly as we can.
Status: The club is open for on-the-water rowing, and the gym is open for land training. In order to curb the spread of COVID-19, please follow the following rules:

  • Please sign in with the NHS Test and Trace app or use the log book provided.
  • On arrival please use the hand sanitizer provided or wash your hands.
  • Use face coverings when moving about in the club unless in a boat or exercising in the gym.
  • Communal areas such as the changing rooms or the bar should only be used when necessary and for as little time as possible. Please avoid hanging around in those areas and the club in general before and after training.
  • Doors and windows should be open to maintain airflow. These should be shut when the last person leaves.
  • Clean all equipment after use, including private boats and blades.

Please do not come to the club if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 and abide by any isolation requirements.
For more information, please see the guidance from British Rowing.

River status
There are three “board colours” to indicate the level of danger represented by the river conditions, and these are: green, amber and red.

No restrictions on boat type and level of rower competency needed to go rowing. Rowers and coaches should use their best judgement to make a decision on the boat a crew should use, taking into account the boat use rules.
Only experienced oarspeople allowed to go out.
If you are unsure of your abilities, DO NOT go out.
No lone scullers or pairs unless accompanied by a coach.
No boats to go above the town bridge.
No boats to go out in low visibility or hours of darkness unless accompanied by a coach.
J15s can only go out in larger boats with one launch per crew.
J14s are not allowed out on amber boards.
Only experienced oarspeople to out out with a named coach in a launch.
The named coach should complete a risk assessment before going afloat.
No boat to go afloat without a launch being UNLOCKED with the engine IDLING.
No boats to go above the town bridge.
No boats to go out in low visibility or hours of darkness.
J14s and J15 are not allowed out.
J16s and J18s only allowed out if supervised by those on the coaching list, with one coach per crew.

Welfare and Safeguarding
Wallingford Rowing Club upholds a duty of care to all of our members. Our Club Welfare Officer (CWO) ensures that Wallingford Rowing Club is compliant with British Rowing guidelines on welfare and safeguarding. The CWO manages the DBS check process, and ensures that all adult volunteers and coaches are appropriately trained.

The CWO is available for junior rowers, parents, and other members of the club or any non-members who have questions or would like to discuss any welfare matters. You can contact the CWO: or call on 07948 390409.

All club members are required to adhere to the following policies and guide(s):

WRC Anti-Bullying Policy
WRC Changing Rooms Policy
British Rowing Code of Conduct
British Rowing Safeguarding and Protecting Children
Code of Practice – Sports Coaches
How Much How Often – Junior Coaches

Further information regarding junior rowers and all other welfare guidance documents, can be found on the British Rowing website here.

Updated December 2021