COVID-19 Updates and Information from Welsh Sea Rowing Committee

Welsh Sea Rowing will be monitoring and following advice and guidance from official agencies, in particular Public Health Wales and Welsh Government, also British Rowing and Welsh Rowing:

Please find links to their websites below:

Public Heath Wales: https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/

Welsh Government: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-covid19

British Rowing: https://www.britishrowing.org/news/

Welsh Rowing: https://www.welshrowing.com/archive.php?news_id=476


31st July 2020 – Updated Rowing Guidance during COVID-19

As of Friday 31st July 2020, we remain in the AMBER PHASE of traffic light guidance. Welsh Government have allowed the opening of outdoor sports facilities. Outdoor sporting activity is now more freely available within Wales, including ‘low-contact’ outdoor team sports.
This update to the guidance is considered to allow a return to training and coaching, moving on from physical activity sessions only.  This also paves the way for a return to competition at a local, small level, within Wales, over the next few months once fitness has returned to its usual levels subject to social distancing and family bubbles.
However, there are currently no mitigations in place whilst rowing, and crew rowing does not enable individuals to keep to the 2m social distancing guidelines. Therefore, crew rowing is not currently possible within this version of the guidance.

There is a clearer expectation on processes and mitigations needed if clubs wish to return to group outdoor activity, and this is explained below as we believe it applies to rowing clubs.  This version of the guidance builds on our previously published guidance on this page and should be read as an update to those documents.

You should only row if you can launch and retrieve boats without assistance that would result in breaking extended households and social distancing rules currently in force. A full and thorough risk assessment should take place including Covid-19 and advice from the RNLI, Coastguard and any Local Harbour Authorities should be observed.

If you are able to get back out on the water, then you must remember to check with your club committee that WSR affiliation paperwork is complete for rowers to ensure insurance cover is in place prior to getting back out on the water.

Please click on the image below to download the new guidance document for all WSR clubs and members to follow.

This has been compiled using the latest data from many sources including Welsh Government, Public Health Wales, British Rowing and Welsh Rowing.


Click the image to download the latest Covid-19 Guidance.

Signage poster templates for use in clubs in future phases

WSR – Example COVID-19 Risk-Assessment

Please contact chair@searowing.wales with any queries.


27th July 2020 – COVID-19 Training

Welsh Sea Rowing are keen to support a safe return to rowing across Wales and are delighted to let clubs know that the Welsh Sports Association alongside training provider Right Direction have developed a training course to support the safe return of Sport in Wales.

The training runs through several general awareness modules containing information on topics such as Covid-19 considerations, cleaning principles, the use of PPE, risk assessments and looks at best practice behaviours across the range of roles in sport.

Welsh Sea Rowing are offering directly affiliated clubs 2 places (aimed at officers and lead volunteers) free of charge, we expect that each affiliated club must have at least one person trained to allow the safe return to our sport to continue.

Once signed up, we will register* your place with WSA and your training will be available for you to complete in your own time from home.

Full details about the training can be found here.

Additional places on the course can be booked and paid for here. Each additional place costs £4.00 plus VAT.

Please contact the Welsh Sea Rowing Secretary by Friday 31st July to book your clubs two free places.

* Please note when you register, ‘Your details; name, club, position and email address will be passed to Right Directions, the Welsh Sports Association and Staffmis.

HOW RIGHT DIRECTIONS USE YOUR DATA

By registering for the COVID-19 Awareness Course, you agree to Right Directions, the Welsh Sports Association and Staffmis storing your personal data for the purpose of fulfilling our contract to provide you with your award or qualification. We promise your personal data will only be used by Right Directions, the Welsh Sports Association and Staffmis. We will keep your data safe and will never share it with other organisations without your permission.

 


8th July 2020 – Updated Rowing Guidance during COVID-19

As of Wednesday 8th July 2020, we remain in the AMBER PHASE of traffic light guidance. Welsh Government have lifted the ‘Stay Local’ requirements and Family Bubbles have also come into effect, which means extended households can row a Celtic/Coastal Quad in the same way that multiple rowers in one household could previously row Sculls and Skiffs.

If you have boats which are private or club boats and are experienced rowers, then you may be able to utilise these, while following the advice as set out by Welsh Government and Welsh Sea Rowing. You should only row if you can launch and retrieve boats without assistance that would result in breaking extended households and social distancing rules currently in force. A full and thorough risk assessment should take place including Covid-19 and advice from the RNLI, Coastguard and any Local Harbour Authorities should be observed.

If you are able to get back out on the water, then you must remember to check with your club committee that WSR affiliation paperwork is complete for rowers to ensure insurance cover is in place prior to getting back out on the water.

The WSR Committee have produced a comprehensive guidance document for all WSR clubs and members to follow, see link below. This has been compiled using the latest data from many sources including Welsh Government, Public Health Wales, British Rowing and Welsh Rowing.
This will be updated as the guidance is changed by Welsh Government.


Click the image to download the latest Covid-19 Guidance.

Signage poster templates for use in clubs in future phases

WSR – Example COVID-19 Risk-Assessment

Please contact chair@searowing.wales with any queries.

In the meantime please stay safe!

 


29th June 2020 – Updated Rowing Guidance during COVID-19

As of Monday 29th June 2020, we are moving to the AMBER PHASE of traffic light guidance WHILST still staying local within the 5 miles Welsh Government’s guidance. However, smaller club boats can now be used, and this will result in certain areas of clubs needing to be re-opened to allow the appropriate access.

If you have smaller boats and are experienced rowers, then you may be able to utilise these, while following the advice as set out by Welsh Government and Welsh Sea Rowing. You should only row if you can launch and retrieve boats without assistance that would result in breaking social distancing rules currently in force.
A full and thorough risk assessment should take place including Covid-19 and advice from the RNLI, Coastguard and any Local Harbour Authorities should be observed.

The WSR Committee have produced a comprehensive guidance document for all WSR clubs and members to follow, see link below. This has been compiled using the latest data from many sources including Welsh Government, Public Health Wales, British Rowing and Welsh Rowing.
This will be updated as the guidance is changed by Welsh Government.


Click the image to download the latest Covid-19 Guidance.

Signage poster templates for use in clubs in future phases

WSR – Example COVID-19 Risk-Assessment

Please contact chair@searowing.wales with any queries.

In the meantime please stay safe!


9th June 2020 – Rowing Guidance during COVID-19

The WSR committee have today released the following information regarding the latest Covid-19 guidance on returning to rowing.

As of Tuesday 9th June 2020, we remain within the RED PHASE of traffic light guidance.

Therefore, all WSR affiliated clubs and rowers will NOT currently be able to row Celtic Longboats/Coastal Quads and in the near future given the requirement to continue to social distance.

If you have smaller boats and are experienced rowers, then you may be able to utilise these, while following the advice as set out by Welsh Government and Welsh Sea Rowing. You should only row if you can launch and retrieve boats without assistance that would result in breaking social distancing rules currently in force.
A full and thorough risk assessment should take place including Covid-19 and advice from the RNLI, Coastguard and any Local Harbour Authorities should be observed.

The WSR Committee have produced a comprehensive guidance document for all WSR clubs and members to follow. This has been compiled using the latest data from many sources including Welsh Government, Public Health Wales, British Rowing and Welsh Rowing.
This will be updated as the guidance is changed by Welsh Government.

WSR ROWING GUIDANCE DURING COVID-19

Signage poster templates for use in clubs in future phases

WSR – Example COVID-19 Risk-Assessment

Please contact chair@welshsearowing.org with any queries.

In the meantime please stay safe!


21st May 2020 – Covid-19 Phasing Document – Rowing in Wales

Welsh Rowing have published an update from Welsh Government titled ‘Unlocking our society and economy’ as it plans to guide Wales through the Covid-19 pandemic.

More details on the Welsh Rowing website.


12th May 2020 – 2020 Race Season Cancelled!

The current ban on sea rowing activities remains in place. The WSR committee discussed the ongoing situation at the recent ‘online’ executive meeting and it was decided that all races for the 2020 season were to be cancelled. It is very disappointing to cancel the season but the committee has discussed the possibility of holding an All Wales Event at the end of the season, we hope this offers a glimmer of hope to all clubs and members that we may all get out rowing later this year. Please see more details below.

We will keep you updated on the Covid-19 situation and suggest you bookmark this link and refer to it periodically for any updates. https://www.searowing.wales/covid19/

We continue to work alongside Welsh Rowing and British Rowing to plan for a safe return to rowing, dependent on government advice and keeping the wellbeing and safety of rowers paramount.

Welsh Rowing have updated their advice on 12th May, please read the information on their website, COVID-19 Update- 12 May 2020

We also recommend reading the information recently posted on the British Rowing website – Planning a safe return to rowing


18th April 2020 – Extension to Rowing Ban until end of June!

The following update is in addition to and supersedes the advice sent on 20th March 2020.

Following the Prime Ministers press conference on April 16th and the announcement of a further 3 week lock down Welsh Sea Rowing committee officers have agreed the CEASE on all rowing activities must continue until the 30th June. This is in line with current Government guidance and supports the same decisions as British Rowing and Welsh Rowing. As a consequence any planned events up until that point are now cancelled.  We have already contacted all the organisers of the events below and advised them to cancel.

The following events will be affected:
Fishguard & Goodwick
Madog Dash
Dinas Head
Moelfre
Beaumaris – Puffin Island Race
Barry
Welsh Rowing Coastal Championships & Beach Sprints (Already Cancelled)
Llangwm
Return of the Cleddau
Ynys Mon
Pilot race
Aberdyfi

Decisions by Welsh Sea Rowing
We wish to re-iterate that the officers of the Welsh Sea Rowing committee feel morally and ethically that this is the right action to take and hope you will all support this decision. Obviously these times are unprecedented and the committee is having to make difficult calls on rowing matters.

We will continue to follow the relevant guidance from the Government, NHS and other rowing bodies to ensure we are giving the best advice to ensure all our sea rowing clubs and rowers are not put into a position of unnecessary risk during this pandemic.

We will keep you updated on this situation and suggest you bookmark this link and refer to it periodically for any updates. https://www.searowing.wales/covid19/

Your affiliated club officers should also receive this information via the WSR email distribution list and updates will also be posted on WSR Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WelshSeaRowing

STAY AT HOME – PROTECT THE NHS – SAVE LIVES

Stay safe and please be kind.

Welsh Sea Rowing

 


20th March 2020 – All Club-Based Rowing to CEASE from TONIGHT!

The following update is in addition and supersedes our previous advice!

Further to the latest Prime Ministers press conference at 16:45 on 20th March and the directive that we should all be responsible for taking steps to reduce social interaction between people, together with the latest advice from British Rowing “British Rowing advises that all Affiliated Clubs should cease all club-based activity as soon as reasonably possible tonight and not reopen tomorrow until further notice.”

Welsh Sea Rowing confirm that all affiliated rowing clubs MUST cease all rowing activities and we urge all members to conform to the recommended Government advice on social distancing.

What is social distancing? (taken from Public Health Wales @ 19:00 on 20th March 2020)
Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are:

  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible.
  3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information.
  4. Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs.
  5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
  6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.

Clarification of current WSR insurance and affiliation.
When a club affiliates to Welsh Sea Rowing this then covers that club and its members with liability insurance. We have contacted Howden Insurance brokers today and asked them to clarify their advice regarding rowing activities and Covid-19, below is their statement:

‘We advise that members should follow the advice of Welsh Sea Rowing and the Government. Within any insurance policy there is a reasonable precautions condition and if the member is deliberately ignoring advice or acting recklessly this may impact on their liability cover. All members should record their decisions and reasons to proceed with their activities and ensure that risk assessment and risk management is considered through their process (the health and wellbeing of everyone being of primary importance as per the governments guidance).’

Clubs MUST still affiliate to Welsh Sea Rowing to be covered by the liability insurance policy. If clubs do NOT affiliate, Welsh Sea Rowing cannot support your club with any guidance or governance. As stated on March 17th individual Membership payments do not currently need to be made until such time that the current suspension of all rowing involving non-essential contact is lifted.

Club Rules, Code of Conduct and Risk Assessment
We would advise all affiliated clubs to update their Rules, Code of Conduct and Risk Assessment documentation to include a clause regarding Covid-19 to take account of the current advice from the Government and rowing authorities on whether to undertake any rowing activities at such times.

Decisions by Welsh Sea Rowing
Finally, we wish to re-iterate that the officers of the Welsh Sea Rowing committee feel morally and ethically that this is the right action to take and hope you will all support this decision. We will keep you updated on this situation and suggest you bookmark this link and refer to it periodically for any updates. https://www.searowing.wales/covid19/

Your affiliated club officers should also receive this information via the WSR email distribution list and updates will also be posted on WSR Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WelshSeaRowing

STAY AT HOME – PROTECT THE NHS – SAVE LIVES

Stay safe and please be kind.

Welsh Sea Rowing

 


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