GRC C-19 Guidance

The full advice from Scottish Rowing may be found on their dedicated website page here:

Scottish Rowing C-19 Guidance

However, please see below for further thoughts from Scottish Rowing which supports the wider Scottish Government strategy in encouraging us all to “Stay at Home”.

The updated Scottish Rowing guidance is now available on their website, with the main change being the detailed revised Level 4 guidance. This is included as a separate section within the guidance, although you will also need to refer to the table for the travel restrictions. The travel restrictions at level 4 are unchanged with travel for organised sport allowed within a local authority area.

The key message from Scottish Government is “Stay at Home” where possible with some exemptions in place for sport and exercise. While we are pleased to see that rowing can continue albeit in a more restricted form we would encourage all clubs to keep the public health agenda in mind when assessing or planning activity.

The key changes to the guidance at Level 4 are:

  • The removal of the sporting bubble. Numbers are now limited to 2 from 2 households (in single sculls or single-household crew boats).
  • The closure of all indoor spaces with the exception of toilets, subject to wider Scottish Government guidance as before, and access to boat storage subject to risk assessment in appropriate mitigation.

We would also stress that with the majority of rowing limited to single sculls, clubs should ensure that all activity is risk assessed to minimise the risk of capsize or need for rescue, particularly during the cold winter conditions.

Whilst we operate within these guidance notes there are several GRC specific documents which we have developed to protect club members and maintain a degree of rowing activity at the Club:

Cleaning Guidance Document

Attendance Booking Sheet

C-19 Risk Assessment

Revised Covid-19 Risk Assessment

We are going to use a one way system to try to improve movement through the club grounds and to try to reduce any contact. This sounds rigid but it should not be difficult and keeps people flowing and reduces crossing over and inadvertent mixing.

In addition to this we are also splitting the grounds into 3 areas: 

  • carpark
  • grass and tarmac boathouse area
  • steps at the river

On arrival at the club  – enter the carpark area. Move towards the grassy area and enter down the sloping path. If the grass area and hard standing areas look busy do not proceed. Ensure people know you are coming to row and the people leaving should finish their session as quickly as possible.

If arriving via the footpath between the steps and the boathouse please move to the sloping path on arrival unless you are sure that numbers are low and you can directly enter the boathouse area.

Once the area is quieter get your boat and blades and proceed to the steps area.

On return exit the boat and get equipment to the boathouse area as quickly as possible. Wash boat outside and inside and blades handles and spoons and put away or leave if someone else is using immediately.

Leave the boathouse area by the steps.

People should be able to move fairly freely through these spaces and this will reduce contact.

It is still important to wear a face covering/ remain 2m apart/ avoid crowded spaces/ wash your hands and if unwell to be tested.

Please be sensible. Everyone is responsible for their own health and must proceed only if they feel comfortable being in the club space. If it feels too busy move away.

Separate to Covid-19 the river is very dirty at present with a very sticky scum which attaches to the boats and blades. Please wash everything and your hands as this may be just as dangerous as any other illness!

We want as many people as possible to be rowing. This is very tricky for many reasons. Rowing at present is not the social activity it was but this is necessary to allow people to remain rowing

Thank you for your help with all of this.

Our Covid 19 Officer is Mary Rouse the Club Captain