Basic River Safety


In January 1999 the “Rules and Guidelines for rowing on the River Clyde” were drawn up and adopted by all the Rowing Clubs associated with the River Clyde above the Tidal Weir at Glasgow Green. These rules lay a foundation for the sage and considerate use of the river when rowing. We are obliged to follow the rules as we accepted them and Glasgow City Council recognises them.

Thanks are due to Mr George Parsonage and Mr John Bowie for the years of collecting and collating the views of river users, which have come together in this publication.

The Rowing Club Rules and Guidelines are endorsed and supported by the Water Safety Working Group.

Rowing is recommended, in the interest of safety, to take place only between the Tidal Weir at Glasgow Green and the top of the straight which runs past Westhorn Park (known as the Belvidere Straight).

The following rules have been taken from the Glasgow Humane Society’s Rules and Guidelines for Safe Use of the River Clyde by Rowing Clubs.

Rules of the river

Rowing guidelines

Important contacts

Emergency 999 (Police | Ambulance |Glasgow Humane Society Lifeboat |Fire Brigade, Etc.)

  • Strathclyde Police – Greater Glasgow Division
    • Area Command – Glasgow East (covers North Bank upstream of tidal weir to )
      111 (non-emergencies) twitter: @ShettlestonPol
    • Area Command – Glasgow South East (covers South Bank downstream of Rutherglen Bridge))
      111 (non-emergencies) twitter: @GlasgowSEPolice
    • Area Command – East Kilbride, Cambuslang and Rutherglen (covers South Bank upstream of Rutherglen Bridge))
      111 (non-emergencies) twitter: @EKRuthCambusPol
  • Park Rangers – 0141 552 1142
  • Tidal Weir – 0141 429 2963
  • Fire Service – 0141 423 2223 – Polmadie Fire Station (Water Rescue Units)
  • Glasgow Humane Society – 0141 429 2492