ARA Hon Water Safety Adviser
Chairman ARA Water Safety Committee
Rowed since 1961
Club Captain & President
Club Water Safety Adviser
Yorkshire Regional Water Safety Adviser
Organising Secretary of the Yorkshire Head
Club Coach – Project Oarsome
ARA Hon Water Safety Adviser since 2003
Member of the National Water Safety Forum – Water
Sports Advisory Group
What outcomes are we looking for
from today’s seminar?
To agree an effective
way to develop and
manage the culture of
safe rowing practice in
What do we mean by culture of safety?
Safety on the Water – Safety in the Mind
Who should be concerned?
What is in it for us?
The Club - Has a duty of care towards its members, the
public and other water users
How can the club fulfil its
duty of care? Duty of Care was described by Lord
Atkin in 1932 –
“You must take reasonable care to
What organisation does the avoid acts or omissions which you
can reasonably foresee would be
club need to have in place to likely to injure your neighbor.
fulfil its duty of care? “Who then is my neighbor? Someone
who is so closely and directly
affected by my acts or omissions that
How can the club know I ought to have them in mind when
know how well it is doing? directing my mind to the acts or
omissions which are called into
What safety issues does a club need to
address to fulfil its Duty of Care?
Safety issues for Clubs
•Local risk assessment •Safety a permanent agenda item
•Safety plan •Communication
•Emergency action plan •Risk assessment training
•Safety Adviser •Suspension of rowing activity
•Defined safety roles •Safe equipment
•Guidance for Coaches •Training Camp safety
•Membership information •Competition information
•New member induction •Trailer safety
•Induction & Progress Log •First Aid/Resuscitation training
•Capsize training •Launch driving
•Incident log book •Safety Audit
The Club Safety Audit
What is it?
What use is it?
Who is it for?
Who should undertake the audit?
When should it be undertaken?
How often should it be undertaken?
Organising Club Safety
Clubs have a responsibility for safety and the development of
the culture of safety for their members. In this respect
everyone has an important part to play and the Club Water
Safety Adviser must not be seen as the only person
responsible but rather the person who can advise the
committee and work with the captain, officers, coaches and
others to identify and respond to safety issues by adopting
minimum standards and good practice.
The nature of clubs varies enormously and this dictates how a
club manages safety and addresses the various issues. The
approach of the Club Water Safety Adviser is therefore
dictated by the way a specific club wishes to manage safety
and adopt the minimum standards required.
Appoint a Club Water Safety Adviser and ensure they have a thorough understanding of the
Row Safe Guidance documents.
Establish a team approach to manage safety in the Club
Have a working knowledge of the Row Safe Guidance document
Regularly assess the risks to the Club both on and off the water – referring to the ARA’s Row
Safe Guide on Risk Assessment and Implement the findings.
Produce and communicate a Club Safety Plan (including an Emergency Action Plan) – referring
to the ARA’s Row Safe Guide on Safety Plans
Conduct and submit an annual Club safety audit as required by the ARA.
Maintain an Incident/Accident log and complete Incident Forms as required by the ARA
If organising, or participating in, a Regatta or Processional Race comply with the ARA’s Row
Safe Guide on Safety Plans
Maintain a prominent display of up-to-date safety information at the Club.
Be aware of day-to-day safety issues together with the results of any Risk Assessment and
Develop contacts with local clubs, river users group and/or similar bodies, to assist in
understanding and resolving areas of actual or potential conflict between users.
Establish and maintain contact with the Regional Water Safety Adviser (The ARA refers to the
Club’s Regional Rowing Council)
Take due regard of any advice or direction provided by local navigation or other relevant water
authority relating to local water or weather conditions and amend risk assessments and safety
Exercise authority to suspend boating activities should the conditions dictate.
An organised club:
Is a Safe Club with policies in place
Retains and develops its membership
Retains and develops its volunteers
Supports and develops its pool of coaches
WARA fulfil and
Duty of Care ?
WARA’s role is to:
Provide advice and guidance to clubs
Develop safety awareness
Set minimum standards for safety
Monitor standards of safety
Educate and train clubs, coaches and competitions
Endorse safe competitions
Are they being run as safely as they can be ?
Are they an accident waiting to happen?
Competition Safety Process
Event Assessment &
Organising Safety Plan
Committee produced or
Safety Plan and
amended if necessary Not accepted WARA Events
WARA Water Safety
Adviser available to
Competition takes place Accepted
Feedback from competitors,
Inspecting Commissioner, navigation
authority, incident reports, competition
Safety Adviser etc…
Action Plan for
What areas need to be addressed?
What is the order of priority?
What target dates need to be applied?