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Safety & Welfare.

Club Safety.

Derby Rowing Club is committed to providing a safe environment to everyone. We follow and operate under the RowSafe guidance issued by British Rowing, and we have introduced a number of our own safety practices to ensure that all members are safe when out on the water, and training in the Clubhouse.

We also have a dedicated Club Rowing Safety Advisor (CRSA). Our CRSA, Josh Rhodes-Hook leads and advises on promoting safe practice in accordance with Row Safe. Josh can be contacted on:

Club members and all those who boat from the Derby landing stage are required to read, observe and follow:

Derby RC Club Safety Plan 

Derby RC Emergency Action Plan

Incident Reporting.

All incidents need to be reported to the Club Rowing Safety Adviser (CRSA) as soon as possible and the report completed within 24 hours.


This applies whether it’s a full-on crash, a simple capsize, getting washed down by a launch or just tripping over an object left on the floor of the gym. You should also report poor or dangerous navigation by others even if it didn’t result in an incident – this is important to ensure that Derby RC and other Derwent clubs are able to improve our practice and learn lessons from incidents and near misses.

You can report all incidents through our online form. Include as much detail as you can and explain what happened clearly and factually. If possible, include boat ID numbers or names of the offending non-DRC boat.

Swim Test & Capsize Drill. 

All members must have passed a swim test and capsize drill at Derby Rowing Club, even if they have previously passed one at another club. If you have any questions regarding the next swim test, speak to either the Club Rowing Safety Advisor or the Club Captain.


At Derby Rowing Club we uphold a duty of care to all of our members.  


Our Club Welfare Officer, Emily Carr ensures that Derby Rowing Club is compliant with British Rowing guidelines on welfare and safeguarding. Emily manages the DBS check process, and ensures that all adult volunteers and coaches are appropriately trained.

Emily is available most weekends at the club for junior rowers, parents, vulnerable adults and other members of the club who have questions or would like to discuss any welfare matters. You can also contact her by email here:

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

British Rowing Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy 

British Rowing Codes of Conduct 

How Much How Often 

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