Mens Pair, Northampton Head 2014

Introduction

As a club, we consider the safety and welfare of our members to be of primary importance. To ensure this, we appoint both a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. annually onto the committee.

Safety Officer

Their role is to understand the requirements of the British Rowing (BR) Code of Practice for Water Safety, to ensure these are displayed prominently and that the rules are observed and implemented.

They will make sure that regular Safety Audits take place to ensure that all procedures are up to date and being adhered to in order to ensure the safety of members and will obtain a certificate of compliance from BR to this effect.

Welfare Officer

Their role is to understand the requirements of British Rowing (BR) is respect of Welfare, to define MKRC's Welfare Policies and ensure these are displayed prominently and that the rules are observed and implemented.

They provide the first point of contact for any concerns regarding the welfare of members, either for themselves or for others.

Water Safety

MKRC will continue to ensure that members are fully aware and conversant with all rules and regulations on all aspects of safety within the rowing environment. These include:

  • Rules and regulations that apply specifically to the use of Caldecotte Lake, such as circulation patterns and local hazards
  • The requirement for all outings and accidents to be logged in the Water Safety Logbook
  • All members are required to make themselves aware of their own individual safety responsibilities, whether rowers, coaches or coxes, by following the safety points listed in the MKRC Safety Policy
  • Members are reminded that it is club policy that single scullers should not use the lake on their own

New members will be given a safety awareness briefing, which includes watching the BR Water Safety video and a briefing on the water safety rules

At locations other than Caldecotte Lake, members are required to familiarise themselves with any local safety and security rules and regulations.

Signing In/Out

There are signing in/out sheets on the bay door. It is the responsibility of the cox or steersperson before each session to list the boat and who is going out and to log when you get back in. This is a mandatory requirement for both safety and insurance purposes. Any issues with your boat must be recorded on return.

Incident Reporting

You must report any incidents (such as capsizes or collisions) to a committee member at the earliest opportunity. They will log these online through the British Rowing website.

Next of Kin

We keep a log of contact details (in case of emergencies), which is held in the club locker in the clubhouse. The This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is responsible for maintaining this but please assist by letting them know if any of your contact details change.

Equipment Checks

Regular maintenance checks are to be carried out on all equipment used. All checks are to be recorded and all maintenance tasks logged to ensure that equipment is safe to use. Before every outing all equipment needs to be checked and logged before boating.

Boat Transportation

All members will be taught how to handle and carry boats correctly to avoid injury to them and damage to equipment. There are strict traffic regulations regarding the transportation of boats on trailers and vehicles, all members will be made aware of the correct loading procedures and legal requirements regarding the transportation of all equipment.

Safety Policy

For more information, please read the MKRC Safety Policy

Welfare Policies

We maintain well defined policies for ensuring the welfare of club members. These can be found and read by clicking on the links below If you have any concerns regarding welfare issues, please raise these immediately with the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or with any Committee Member

Blue Green Algae

During the sumer months, we often get blooms of blue-green algae onthe lake. Please see here for information on how to protect yourself from this