Navigation on the River Thames

A4 Pocket Guide

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.


Tideway Pocket Guide

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:


Tideway Code of Practice

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:


Steering on the Tideway

An eight page introduction to steering on the tideway is available to download from the link below.


Notices for the Club Safety Board


TRRC History

Our TRRC History page covers the organisation of rowing in the Thames valley since the 1800s, how the TARC came into being and when it became the TRRC.

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TRRC Structure

Information on how the TRRC works, including our forward plan, Executive Committee members, and a who's-who in the current Sports Committee line-up.

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