By now you should have received the letter explaining what we are hoping to achieve with the Tideway Coaching Endorsement and hopefully the form I have asked your coaches to complete. If you didn’t receive the form for the coaches please find it here.
As you can imagine I’ve received many questions and queries since the letters went out and so I just wanted to follow up to try and clarify a few areas and also answer some of the questions. The basic motivation behind getting all coaches on the Tideway endorsed is twofold; Firstly it is a sensible way to raise the quality of the coaching on the Tideway and ensure that we are all following a basic minimum standard. Secondly it is a method by which we can try and help get safety to the front of every coaches mind, particularly in light of what has happened over the last 12 months.
All recordable and reportable incidents must be submitted through the British Rowing website. You do not need to logon with your British Rowing username and password before being able to submit a report. It helps if you do log on as we are then able to investigate the incident further if required.
You will be able to print a copy of the report for your own information.
The Regional Rowing Safety Advisor on behalf of the TRRC has access to all reports and will be able to comment or ask for more information before the incident is closed.
All reports may be forwarded to the local navigation authority as required. The navigation authority may also ask for additional information before the incident is closed.
Reports shall be submitted within twenty four hours of an incident. Written notes should be made immediatley and kept for refrerence when submitting the report. These notes may be required for legal purposes if an insurance claim is made.
If you see any good or bad navgation please use the ARA incident web site.
We are intested in all cases of good or bad navigation, even if quite minor. The PLA expect all rowers to obey the "Rowing on the Tideway" code of practice. If we fail to follow the code of practice, the PLA have the right to take away the privileges' we currently enjoy, which make rowing on the Tideway a pleasure.
If you are having any problems sending in a navigation report, please send an email to;
If you do send an email, you may be asked to also submit a report using the on-line system.
If you want to report a minor incident that you feel does not justify a full incident report then email the details to;
The details will be sent to the offending club and they will asked to respond.
Navigation rules for rowing boats on the river Thames are not consistent along its length. The current arrangement on the Tideway allows rowers to "work the slacks" to minimise some of the hazards of rowing on what can be a fast flowing tidal river, with bridges, moorings and sandbanks.
Those who are familiar with the Upper Thames and the Tideway, as well as those who are new to the river, or who are visiting for training or racing, are urged to familairise yourselves with the current navigation arrangements.
The TRRC has produced a simple one page pocket guide to Navigation on the Tideway, which summarises the key points in the Tideway Code of Practice.
To download and print off the Guide, use the links below:
The Code of Practice for Rowing on the Tideway was revised in 2015. Whilst the basic navigation of the river has not changed, the rules should now be more easily understood.
Those boating on the Tideway should not assume that they "know" what the real rules are, as some previously widespread practices and short cuts, will not be tolerated.
The PLA, in conjunction with the Thames Regional Rowing Council produced the code in booklet form and a detailed map in A0 size. The booklet is available to download from the PLA website, along with other guidance documents, at the link below:
An eight page introduction to steering on the tideway is available to download from the link below.
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