ROWING CLUB CONTACTS WELCOME TO
Senior Men (Racing): Chris Spencer (Capt.) 07946 473339
John Roberts (V/C) 07733 260207
Novice / Beginners Men: Chris Kendall 07770 633595
Senior Women (Racing): Ron Dovey 07836 709827
Novice / Beginners Women : Eleanor Hadland 07903 504587
Social Rowing: Dave Paul 07739 702415
Roger Chastell 07887 675949
POPLAR BLACKWALL AND DISTRICT
2003/04 SUBSCRIPTIONS ROWING CLUB
New members are entitled to a free one-month trial period. The PBDRC The Boat House
subscription year runs from April to March. The full membership fees for the Ferry Street
2003/04 season are £280* (or via monthly direct debit of £24) Isle of Dogs
*full membership includes entry into monthly Crown Club draw
Reduced fees available for juniors / students London E14 9DT
All cheques should be made payable to: PBDRC
PBDRC CROWN CLUB Tuesday / Thursday: 6.30pm
Saturday / Sunday 9.00am
The club launched the Crown Club in 2002 to help raise money for new boats.
Crown Club members are entered into a monthly draw for cash prizes. CLUB BAR
The PBDRC club bar is open to the public and offers magnificent views
PBDRC CLUB KIT over the Thames and historic Greenwich.
The bar / hall is newly refurbished, packed with club memorabilia and
The club kit is black shorts with a white vest, with gold / black hoops. Shorts, available to hire for private functions.
vests and all-in-ones are available to purchase from stock – ask behind the bar. Poplar Boathouse Bar - open lunchtimes and evenings (except Wednesday)
Other kit orders will be placed twice a year in Feb/Mar and Aug/Sep. To make For Functions / Hall Hire: Christine Blunden 020 7987 3071
an order or for any other kit inquiries please contact Eleanor Hadland.
PBDRC Introduction to Health & Safety Going Afloat?
Have you read a copy of the ARA Water Safety code, as displayed in the
PBDRC takes H&S very seriously. The following is a basic introduction to H&S
for new members, but is not a comprehensive guide to all the potential hazards
facing a new rower at PBDRC. Existing and new members are required to Have you taken note of the routes for rowing between Tower Bridge and
assess the risks of each and every rowing related activity, both ashore and the Thames Barrier for ebb and flood tides, as displayed on the notice board
afloat, prior to commencement of that activity. in the main hall?
Do you know how to read the tide tables, and the times of high and low
Before you start learning to row water on the day or your outing?
The stretch of the River Thames that the club utilises is a large, fast flowing Are you aware of, and complying with, the requirement to sign your crew
river. Potential members should be competent and confident swimmers. out / in on the white board, located on the boathouse?
The club advises members to consult with their GP if they at all concerned Are you aware of, and complying with, the procedure to inform Woolwich
about the wisdom of commencing rowing, especially if you have not Radio, when Poplar crews first go afloat and when the final crew returns to
undertaken regular exercise for several years. the club?
If you have health issues that do not affect your ability to row (for example Do you understand how to check the: (1) bowball (2) heel restraints (3)
asthma, severe allergies, diabetes) tell the coach / cox / crew of the riggers (4) footplate (5) steering mechanism (6) boat shell (7) coxswain’s
condition and of any emergency action required prior to starting exercise. lifejacket / footwear? Do you know why it is important to check these
Personal Safety Do you know the club rules regarding sculling competency?
Are you able to swim 250 metres fully clothed?
Has a doctor ever given you any reason why you should not participate in Safety when Afloat
regular / strenuous exercise? (for example heart condition, back problems) Do you know what to do in the event of a capsize?
Do you know what clothing / footwear is suitable for land training / rowing Do you know what to do in the event of encountering a large vessel wash?
(summer & winter)? Do you know the increased risk of rowing at high water?
Do you know the PBDRC / PLA requirements regarding rowing in the dark?
Have you been shown how to use the equipment in the gym? In the unfortunate event of an accident
Do you understand the importance of warming up and stretching prior to Do you know how to report an incident / accident? And to whom?
and after exercise?
Do you know the recommended running routes and the personal safety New members will need to sign to acknowledge receipt of H&S
precautions to take when running? induction from a committee member