Rules & Safety

See Membership for rules on Membership of Ross Rowing Club

Weather and safety conditions matrix


Note that it is not always safe to row even when the river level is deemed acceptable according to the colour marked steps, other considerations should also be considered ie water flow rate, wind and direction.

Every crew should always make a Risk Assessment taking account of the current weather (temps, wind, rain) and river conditions and any likely changes in the foreseeable future, of the competence of their actual crew and of the size/stability of the boat to decide whether or not to proceed with their intended outing. If in doubt don’t go out.

Floating debris (that is of a quantity and size likely to cause boat damage or influence a capsize) on a rising river indicates that the situation is worsening and River Condition D restrictions “No Rowing” apply.

# Notes

1.  Under guidance (coaching launch in attendance)

2.  In the interests of safety only high performance juniors shall go downstream more than 20 metres beyond the Club Steps

3.  Restricted river usage: when the water is below the bottom yellow step boats must not go upstream further than the telephone wires at the top of the regatta straight –for more info refer to the RRC Low Water Rules

4.  Restricted river usage to apply each year for the period 1 November to 1 Mar. When there is no safety launch positioned between the Wall and Backney Bridge, no junior cox shall go upstream further than the telephone wires at the top of the regatta straight. No junior cox shall remain upstream of the telephone wires at the top of the regatta straight when there is no safety launch positioned between the Wall and Backney Bridge.

5.  Only if River is not rising and has little or no debris

6.  Only if white light fixed to bow & red light fixed to stern and bow wears high visibility jacket/waistcoat

7.  J13 and Younger coxed quads only

8.  No J13 or younger, J14/15 in 4x+, 4+, 4x & 8+ (i.e. Big Boats), J16 & Older – any boat

9.  Mist/Fog –At times when visibility is reduced due to mist or fog the following shall apply:

a.  Only coxed boats are permitted

b.  All boats must have a high intensity LED flashing light facing the bow and a high intensity LED flashing light facing the stern

c.  If visibility is less that 400m i.e. cannot see the A40 Bridge, then a small group (up to 3) of boats may row together within visible distance of each other and always in same direction, they must stop and regroup if visibility is lost, all boat captains/cox must come to clear understanding on how to proceed. ‘Boats on Water’ must be entered in the boat booking register by the Boat Captain or Coach, if three boats are already out on water then wait until crews return to club before going out.

d.  If visibility is less that 200m then only 2 coxed boats are permitted on the river with at least one coaching boat in attendance. Crews must agree to use different stretches of the river i.e. Wilton to Wires upstream of Regatta course & Wall to Backney Bridge. The boat using the Backney stretch will only progress onto the Regatta course at caution.

Engines on club boats

No motor or other equipment shall be used on any Club boat, which has not been modified or constructed or allocated by the Committee for that Purpose.

Keelage charges

The Committee has the power to make a charge for keelage upon boats kept by members upon Club Premises, but accept no responsibility for the safety of such boats under any circumstances.


(Made by Committee)

  • 1.  The normal Permitted Hours of opening of the Bar for the sale and consumption of intoxicants shall accord with the hours granted by the Licensing Justices.
  • 2.  Pursuant to Section 49 of the Licensing Act 1964 there may be admitted to the Club persons, other than members or their guests, who shall be entitled to he supplied with intoxicating liquor. This privilege shall not be extended more than ten times in one year and then on1y for the use of organised Societies or functions approved by the Club Committee. Not less than seven days notice of any proposed use of the Club under this rule shall be given by the Secretary to the Chief Officer of Police. No informal guests shall be permitted under this rule. No society or function shall be admitted more than once in any period of thirty consecutive days.
  • 3.  Junior Members and Guests under 16 years of age may use the Club facilities, but young children must be accompanied by an adult andkept under control.
  • 4.  Persons under the age of 18 years are not permitted to consume intoxicants within the Club premises.
  • 5.  Members and Guests using the Bar and Lounge Areas must maintain an acceptable standard of dress. Persons wearing training kit, working overalls, etc. may not be allowed in the bar.
  • 6.  Cycles must be kept only in the racks provided and are not allowed in the vestibule of the Club.
  • 7.  Dogs, except Guide Dogs, and all other animals are not allowed inside Club.
  • 8.  Notice boards are reserved generally for the posting only of official Club communications from the Captain or Committee.  Any other person without the prior authority, via the Club Secretary shall not place on any notice board or in any Clubroom,  pamphlets, advertisements or notices.
  • 9.  No bathing is to take place from the Club while racing craft are practising or about to practise in the vicinity of the Rowing Club.
  • 10.  All petrol and petrol tanks whether property of the Club or an individual member, must be stored only in the Boat House, or other specifically designated area, when not in use and must not be placed in any other Club buildings.
  • 11.  All members and other club users, be they groups or individuals, must ensure that they abide by the¬†Health and Safety Procedures, as may be issued by the Committee from time to time, should they wish to use any of the club‚Äôs facilities and/or equipment