You are responsible for …

Coastal Barbarians Rowing Club takes your health and safety seriously.

However if you are rowing independently, at a time and place that suits you, it is necessary for you to take full responsibility for your boat and equipment, your health and your safety.

The Coastal Barbarians Rowing Club will take appropriate responsibility at training events and competitions, however it is still important you take responsibility for your:

  • privately owned boats and equipment
  • health and fitness
  • personal safety e.g. you can swim

Please advise those organising events if there are any factors they should be aware of.

Please read the following carefully:

You are responsible for privately owned boat and equipment.

If you have your own boat, you are responsible for the maintenance of your boat and all equipment, especially when you are rowing independently. You should take care to assess and manage risk effectively, understanding the water, beach, sea, tides, local hazards, current weather conditions, weather forecast and taking into account their coastal rowing ability. Rowers will be expected to wear appropriate clothing and to carry in the boat appropriate communication equipment, buoyancy aids and tow ropes (in accordance with World Rowing recommendations). You must have suitable insurance in place for recreational and competitive rowing to protect yourself and others if there were an incident.

You are responsible for your personal health.

Rowing and its associated training can be a strenuous activity, you should assess your fitness and health in conjunction with the rowing and training you intend to do. If there is any doubt you should seek medical advice. Our aim is to make rowing more accessible and inclusive, hence being a mixed ability coastal rowing club; this requires though an openness about your abilities, or any changes in abilities, so if required considerations and adaptations can be made. This is important for both your safety and the safety of others that may be put at risk.

You are responsible for your own personal safety.

It is important that you are able to swim a minimum of 100 meters in the appropriate clothes for rowing for the weather conditions at the time of year. At all times you must consider the water and weather conditions and the boat type in which you are rowing, assess the risk and decide, especially if you are not a good swimmer, if you should wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid when in a boat. There must always be lifejackets or buoyancy aids accessible on the boat.

You must advise us if you cannot swim 100 meters in appropriate clothes for rowing.


If you have any concerns or questions, please email [email protected] or call 01305 257774.