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Safety is paramount
All members are urged to familiarise themselves with and obey the rules of the
British Rowing Safety Code and familiarise themselves with the capsize drill.
If you steer boats, either as a coxswain or steersperson or you are a single sculler, it is imperative
that you are familiar with the recommended circulation pattern and that you obey the rules.
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Hypothermia = The condition of having an abnormally low body temperature.
Hypothermia can arise due to exposure to severe cold conditions but our special interest in the subject is as the result of falling into the water. It is uncommon for members to find themselves in the water but should it happen it is important that members know how to react, particularly when it is very cold. The River Medway can become dangerously cold after October and remain so until after April. The Club is currently arranging a safety course specifically to deal with hypothermia. Until this is in place it would be prudent, even now that the weather is becoming warmer, for all members to acquaint themselves with the actions to take should they find themselves in the water in such conditions. Before you go out, think, "how you will get out." In the absence of the Club having any proposals regarding the issue, a very good website exists specifically for rowers and it is recommended that all members familiarise themselves with its content so that they may be prepared for an emergency . Please review with particular reference to pages on:-
Cold Water Survival and Hypothermia.
Also read the FAQ's and the Support Us pages. It could save a life.
The site has many useful documents that can be downloaded and key
points extracted from the above website are included in the panel below.
Hypothermia - Key Points
⦁ Hypothermia is not just a winter thing.
⦁ You need a safety plan before you go out – and a rescue plan to make sure you get back.
.⦁ Be vigilant. Hypothermia can creep up on you.
⦁ Keep warm in air by keeping active. Keep warm in water by keeping still.
⦁ If your crew can’t do their sums they may be cold, not stupid.
⦁ In cold water we are all poor swimmers.
⦁ You get - dead cold in air slowly
⦁You get- dead cold in water quickly
⦁ If dead cold in water with no lifejacket – you get dead
⦁ Hypothermia? Hospital!
Meanwhile:⦁ Keep Still⦁ Keep Horizontal⦁ Keep Sheltered⦁ Keep Wrapped
⦁ In hypothermia, let the hospital do the heating.
Cold Water Survival
⦁ Stay out of cold water... Hold on to something... Pull out onto something... Stay still don’t swim... Keep your face out of the water... Turn your back to the waves... Cold water cramps your style... You can’t swim when you’re cold and stiff... You can’t grip with numb hands.
It is important that potential members are able to meet the minimum "British Rowing" swimming requirement which is 50 metres in light clothing. Although it is rare for members to find themselves in the water, it is in the interest of all members to be able to exceed the minimum requirement. Capsize drills are practised in a safe environment and certificates issued to members who complete the exercise. Failure to meet the standard would not preclude membership but the inability to meet its requirements should be reported to the Safety Advisor.
Technically rowing is a very precise discipline requiring great skill and the highest qualities of teamwork. The basics enabling a novice to enjoy an outing can be learned fairly quickly but to become proficient and win at the highest level requires time and dedication. Fortunately, to take care of variations in class, there are categories ranging from novice to elite and for those who do not wish to race there is an increasing interest in social rowing. We recognise that newcomers or beginners may initially not know how seriously they wish to take up the sport. To help in making the decision, newcomers are provided with coached introductory sessions at a minimal charge of £4-00 per session following which they are encouraged to apply for full membership. Coaching is undertaken by qualified coaches and senior members. Club sessions are on Sunday mornings from 9:00am and additionally during the summer months on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00pm although the boathouse is usually open every weekday from 9.00am until noon. When the evenings become too dark for rowing, circuit training is arranged. It is hoped that every new member that comes to 'have a go' will aspire to compete for the Club.