Health & Safety

Weymouth Rowing Club - Health & Safety

The management committee of Weymouth Rowing Club (WRC) is committed to the Health and Safety of all its members, their families, and the general public when in the execution of club activities.

WRC has a Health & Safety Policy which can be viewed here. It complies with the policy of the British Rowing and the Cornish Pilot Gig Association (CPGA). The risk assessment form can be found here

Simon Tinker, Health and Safety Officer:

Simon Tinker

Insurance Details

The club holds third party public liability insurance. Members are also insured when participating in rowing, both on the water and on shore.

For further Health and Safety information, please contact Simon Tinker

Risk Assessments

The H&S Officer and committee make Risk Assessments for all activites the club is involved in. These are held in a file by the H&S Officer and relevant ones have been given to the Harbourmaster.

If you require a health and safety risk assessment, please contact Simon Tinker

Junior Rowing

All coaches working with Junior members have been vetted by a CRB check in accordance with regulations of the CPGA.

All members aged 16 and under must wear a life jacket, as must a cox'n if a Junior is in the boat.

A Safety boat is provided if Under 14s are to row in the bay.

Only over 14s (Yr 10 & 11 at school) can row in the bay with no Safety boat, provided permission has been given in writing by their parents.

Juniors are expected to listen to training instructions designed to safeguard their physical development.

For details of Weymouth Rowing Club's Child Protection guidelines, see here:
Child Protection guidelines

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

Child Protection

Advice for Coaches and Adult Members:

- Be sure that your actions and statements cannot be misunderstood by the young person, or are such that they feel uncomfortable

- Do not be alone with a child at any time, and in particular do not give a lift to a child without another adult or child present or without parental permission

- Do not touch a child or young person unless you need to in order to ensure their safety (eg. helping a young child in or out of the boat or putting on a life jacket - let them do their own 'nappy straps'). Be aware that you and the child are vulnerable if your actions can be misconstrued

- Never help a child get changed

- Be aware of vulnerable children in your care. Look out not only for physical signs of abuse, but also changes in demeanour, behaviour, neglect and other signs of distress

- If a child discloses abuse to you, DO NOT QUESTION THE CHILD FURTHER, but reassure them that you will help

- Do not remove a child's clothing but record what you see

- Monitor any concerns and let the Club designated person know

- If bruises or marks are seen, contact the parents for an explanation if none has been volunteered. Record the conversation and file in the Child Protection file

- Record all concerns on the relevant form and file in the Child Protection file held by the club designated person

- If not appropriate for referral, it may still be appropriate to inform parents or deal with the situation at the club (eg. is it bullying or an accident?

The Designated person will then:

Briefly interview the child/children, eliciting basic information only, as appropriate
If appropriate, contact the parents to inform them of the situation and let them know if Health and Social Care are to be contacted. If the parents are implicated, H&SC Child Protection Team should be notified first and advice taken.
Record what has happened and the actions taken. Date, sign and file.
The Club has several members who are trained and qualified in this area.

Louise Dodds is our designated Child Protection Officer. Louise is our first point of contact if you have any concerns.