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RowSafe provides safety advice to rowers, clubs, events and anyone else who takes part in rowing.


(c) Drew Smith

The purpose of RowSafe is to help people participate in rowing without putting themselves and others at unacceptable risk. It makes clear that everyone is expected to take care of their own safety and the safety of others.

Download the 2018 complete document here.


RowSafe is set out in thirteen chapters, each dealing with a specific topic.  There are hyperlinks to other sections of RowSafe and to other information on the British Rowing website and beyond.

RowSafe can be viewed and downloaded as a single document, or as individual chapters. You can search for specific topics in RowSafe (using ctrl + f) or read each individual chapter.

RowSafe will evolve as we learn from experience  and receive feedback from the rowing community. If you have any feedback regarding RowSafe, or if you have any comments or questions, then please email The next revision of RowSafe is due in Spring 2018.

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You can download the separate chapters using the links below.


Chapter 1. Culture and Expectations

Chapter 2. Communication

Chapter 3. Club Safety

Chapter 4. Event Safety

Chapter 5. Competence

Chapter 6. People

Chapter 7. Equipment

Chapter 8. Health

Chapter 9. Topics Covered in Risk Assessments

Chapter 10. Rowing on the Sea

Chapter 11. Land Training

Chapter 12. Incident Reporting

Chapter 13. Auditing

Gap Analysis Checklist for Clubs

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2017 Safety Incidents

Download a copy of the analysis of safety incidents reported in 2017 to find out how many could have been avoided by safer behaviour.

2016 Safety Incidents

Download a copy of the analysis of safety incidents reported in 2016 to find out how many could have been avoided by safer behaviour.

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