COVID 19 - BACK TO ROWING UPDATES

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14/05/20

Dear Bewlers,

Following a change in advice from the Government and British Rowing, as well as the Bewl site being reopened by MSL, the BBRC Committee has now considered what on-water rowing activities can take place at Bewl.  In particular, the Committee has noted that initial British Rowing advice dated 12th May has highlighted the inability to remain “COVID-19 Secure” whilst there are significant “shared surfaces” created by the use of shared equipment and they therefore advised that any use of shared facilities or equipment is inappropriate.  They also recommended that BR Affiliated Clubs remain closed, and that the launching of boats should only take place from public waterway access or with the express permission of the land owner.  

Advice issued by British Rowing on 13th May has changed to suggest that the use of shared equipment may be possible.  Whilst on the face of it, this may open up the ability for more members to get out on to the water, there are many issues for the Committee to think through how to enable the Club’s facilities and equipment to remain COVID-19 Secure, and this will take a bit of time. Please bear with us whilst we do that.

Therefore, initially from tomorrow Friday 15th May, only very limited on the water activities will be possible at Bewl, specifically privately owned singles, and privately owned doubles with members of the same household, with restrictions as outlined in the attached document. However, regretfully no Club boats or blades of any sort will be allowed at present, whilst we think through how to make this safe.  

Additionally, at the moment there will be no general access to the boat house or blade shed as the Club facilities will remain closed, nor will any Club launches be used, again all in line with British Rowing advice.

Full instructions to those private boat owners who wish to scull are attached.  You must adhere to these instructions, so please read them BEFORE contemplating going out.  Also attached is a simple decision tree that will help you decide whether you can go out.

I know I keep saying it, but your patience is really appreciated!

Stay safe and stay fit,

Angus

Captain

Bewl Bridge Rowing Club

Very Restricted Resumption of On-

Water Rowing

Following a change in advice from the Government and British Rowing, as well as the Bewl site being reopened by MSL, the BBRC Committee has now considered what on-water rowing activities can take place at Bewl.  In particular, the Committee has noted that initial British Rowing advice dated 12th May has highlighted the inability to remain “COVID-19 Secure” whilst there are significant “shared surfaces” created by the use of shared equipment and they therefore advised that any use of shared facilities or equipment is inappropriate.  They also recommended that BR Affiliated Clubs remain closed, and that the launching of boats should only take place from public waterway access or with the express permission of the land owner. 

Advice issued by British Rowing on 13th May has changed to suggest that the use of shared equipment may be possible.  Whilst on the face of it, this may open up the ability for more members to get out on to the water, there are many issues for the Committee to think through how to enable the Club’s facilities and equipment to remain COVID-19 Secure, and this will take a bit of time.

 

Therefore, initially, only very limited on the water activities will be possible at Bewl, specifically privately owned singles, and privately owned doubles with members of the same household, with restrictions as outlined below. However, regretfully no Club boats or blades of any sort will be allowed at present, whilst we think through how to make this safe. 

Additionally, at the moment there will be no general access to the boat house or blade shed as the Club facilities will remain closed, nor will any Club launches be used, again all in line with British Rowing advice.

 

1.     Private Boat Owners:

 

Single Scullers with their own boats, or members of the same household in their own Doubles, may row subject to:

 

a. Individual member safety measures detailed in section 3.

 

b.Taking appropriate additional precautions on Safety and Water Assessment etc as it is likely that there is reduced cover on site in the event of an incident. Groupings are encouraged as your only safety cover is likely to be a fellow sculler. Only experienced members over the age of 18 are allowed to scull on their own, but in addition you should make a risk assessment of your own competence and ability to deal with a situation on your own, such as a capsize. If you believe you are unable to get back in to your single unaided should you capsize, you should not go out alone.

 

c. Operating a Row and Go regime.  By Row and Go, we mean you arrive prepared and ready to row, you have your outing, and then you leave the rowing club area as soon as practical afterwards.

 

2.     Club Boats and Blades:

 

Club boats and blades may NOT be used by members at the current time.

 

3.     Individual Member Safety Measures:

 

a.    Access: Do not come to Bewl if you are shielding, in a restricted group or have any COVID-19 symptoms. If you are not in these groups, you must make your own risk assessment as to whether you should be coming down to Bewl to scull.

b.    Times: You should not boat before 8.30am, and you must be off the water by 8pm.

c.    Mobiles: Everyone must have a mobile whilst on site. As is mandatory in our Safety Policy, you must have a mobile (in a waterproof pouch) whilst on the water. Members need to be aware that there is no Club launch cover and most likely very limited cover from Bewl Water/MSL.

d.    Whistles: You must also carry a whistle in a boat to alert attention if in distress.  If there is not one attached to your boat, you must bring one with you onsite and take it on the water during your outing.

e.    Signing out: Signing out in paper form is currently suspended, owing to there being no access to the boathouse.  Instead you must text your name, the time you are going out and the time you plan to return, to the CRSA Neil Ellwood on 07713 437085.  You must then text Neil immediately you come off the water. It would also be good practice to make sure someone else knows that you are going out and when you plan to be back. You should then also contact them when you are back off the water.

f.     Risk and Water Assessment: You should make your own risk assessment including your own Water Assessment, as shown in the BBRC Safety Policy, and adhere to its guidance.  In any event, if conditions are beyond your competence, do not go out.

g.    Hygiene and Social Distancing: Hand cleanliness, avoiding shared surfaces and social distancing are the most important barriers we can have in such an open environment. To this end:

 

                                               i.     You must use your own hand sanitiser both before and after your outing. Please bring it with you.

                                             ii.     You must remain 2 metres away from other Club members at all times.

h.    Drinks: You must bring your own hydration in labelled bottle, and take it home with you after the outing.

i.     Trestles: If at all possible, you should use your own trestles.  A limited number of trestles will be left outside the blade shed and in one of the boat trailers.  If you use these, you must sanitise your hands before and after using them.

j.     Washing of boats: Do not use the hose at the blade shed. Instead bring your own towel to wipe your boat down, and take it away with you.

k.    Onsite showers and loos: Whilst they may be open, Bewl showers and toilets should not be used during this time unless absolutely essential (eg in cases of hypothermia).

 

1.     The Boathouse and Blade Shed will remain closed

 

There will be no general access to the boathouse and blade shed.  If your equipment is currently inside either of the boathouse or blade shed and you wish to use it, please contact Angus Bogle (captain@bewlrowingclub.co.uk) to arrange to remove it.  You may prefer to wait until we consider how to open the facilities more widely. For the moment, singles will need to be racked outside, and blades will, once removed from the blade shed, need to be taken home at the end of each outing (unless you choose to leave them onsite under your boat at your own risk).

 

The Committee will continue to review the situation as advice from the Government and British Rowing changes, and if we see flexibility to change our approach.

 

BBRC Committee

14th May 2020

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