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


17th May 2021 – Updated Rowing Guidance during COVID-19

ROWING GUIDANCE DURING COVID-19

Summary of Guidance

You will be aware that the Welsh Government have completed their latest review of Coronavirus restrictions and have made further easings.  Please find enclosed below our latest guidance to reflect this. 

Welsh Sea Rowing will continue to ensure that the advice outlined for members is up to date but the situation and guidance from Welsh Government which filters though Welsh Rowing is regularly changing. Rowers and clubs should always ensure they check relevant guidance from the Welsh Government, Local Authorities, and local waterway authorities. The latest advice from Welsh Government can be found here.

Public health remains the number one priority
For more information on coronavirus (Covid-19) we recommend visiting the following additional websites:
Welsh Government coronavirus information
World Health Organisation coronavirus information

The Welsh Government recently updated their sports guidance (10th May 2021) and this can be found here: https://gov.wales/sport-recreation-and-leisure-guidance-phased-return-html#section-58582

From 00.01 on Monday 17th May 2021 Wales will move to Alert Level 2. The impacts of this are:

Organised outdoor activities for adults including crew boats
Organised outdoor activities for groups of up to 50 adults can now recommence.
The previous guidance around crew boat rowing remains in place, and clubs should consider how they will manage the increased numbers in the areas that typically can generate social distancing issues: boathouses, landing stages etc.

Organised indoor activities for adults
Organisation indoor activities for groups of up to 30 are now permitted.
Clubs will need to ensure their risk assessment details how this size of group will be managed to ensure social distancing, and these measures are implemented and adhered to.

Indoor hospitality
For those clubs with indoor bar areas, 6 people from up to 6 households (not including children under 11) can now book a table.

As always, our advice has been consistent through the pandemic, clubs must be aware that they may need to reverse some elements of provision, at very little notice. Clubs will need to ensure that the person in the role of Covid Officer is supported through this period, and that all members of the club are aware of the person filling this role.

Future Intended Changes are as follows:

The First Minister has indicated that the following changes involving sport and exercise will be considered at the next 3-week review:

INSURANCE

Please remember to contact assistance@searowing.wales to advise Richard Aherne asap if any equipment needs cover under the WSR fleet insurance and is to be upgraded to being actively used from its current ‘laid up’ status, without doing this your equipment covered by this policy will not be insured for use!

ADMIN

Thank you to all clubs who have now completed the WSR affiliation process. All clubs are reminded that completed affiliation paperwork MUST be filed with the Secretary prior to any on water activity taking place. This includes:

Club Safety Audit Checklist

Club Risk Assessment Checklist

Club Members Return Spreadsheet 2021

(Office 365 version, if anyone is unable to use this sheet please let Secretary know)

Please also ensure all individual membership fees for Adult and Junior members of your club have been submitted to the Secretary.
The annual membership fee for an Adult is £15, Junior (under 18) is £6. This covers personal insurance for the individual member.

All previously published guidance still applies, this should be read as an update to those documents.

Thank you and please stay safe!

 


23rd April 2021 – Updated Rowing Guidance during COVID-19

Summary of Guidance

You will be aware that the Welsh Government have completed their review of Coronavirus restrictions and have made significant easings.  Please find enclosed below our latest guidance to reflect this.   

The attached guidance allows for the resumption of adult crew rowing, and this is a very welcome development.  Our guidance in this area is based on the most recently published sports guidance on Alert level 3 and below from Welsh Government, which dates from December 2020.  

We are expecting updated guidance over the next few weeks, but Welsh Rowing and our interpretation of the guidance currently in place means crew boat rowing for adults may return but must adhere to the risk mitigations in the information within this update, to reduce the risk generated by the breach of social distancing that crew boat rowing entails.  

We hope that clubs will continue to take the measured, responsible approach to the return of sport that we have seen so far in rowing in Wales to protect themselves and their members. Clubs must ensure their risk assessment and mitigation processes are comprehensive before any activity recommences, and these should be reviewed regularly to ensure any changes that need to be made are documented. 

We are still waiting for more clarity on events from Welsh Government through Welsh Rowing’s open dialogue and in particular the difference between ‘outdoor organised activity’ and ‘events’, we believe that inter-club private matches that stay within the current guidelines on numbers are now permitted (and clubs should ensure they are insured for these if they wish to take part). 

However, larger multi-club events may need to wait for the completion of a series of test events across sport and the arts to be held in May and early June this year before Welsh Government guidelines will permit these to take place.  Welsh Rowing have asked for a timeline on events from Welsh Government, and any further information we get from this process will be passed on and those clubs with planned events within the WSR calendar will be advised ASAP.

Introduction

Welsh Sea Rowing will continue to ensure that the advice outlined for its members is up to date but the situation and guidance from Welsh Government is regularly changing. Rowers and clubs should always ensure they check relevant guidance from the Welsh Government, Local Authorities, and local waterway authorities. The latest advice from Welsh Government can be found here. 

Public health remains the number one priority

For more information on coronavirus (Covid-19) we recommend visiting the following additional websites:

Additions and changes to 29 March 2021 Advice

There will be a further relaxation in Covid-19 restrictions in Wales, from 00.01 on 24th  and 26th April 2021. The key areas of impact are as follows:

24th April – 6 people from 6 different households can meet outdoors – for individual exercise

26th April – Organised outdoor activities for groups of up to 30 adults including crew boats

Details of current guidance changes

Household Meeting

Six people from up to six different households can meet outdoors (with children under 11 and carers exempted) from 24th April. Clubs can now look to increase the amount of people within individual exercise slots to reflect this change. 

Organised outdoor activities for adults including crew boats

From 26th April, organised outdoor activities for groups of up to 30 adults can now recommence.

We believe the current guidance and transmission rates allow for adult crew boat rowing in Wales to return, providing there is strict adherence to the below mitigations to reduce the transmission risk caused by the breaching of social distancing guidelines.

If clubs do wish to run crew rowing sessions for adults, they are advised to put the following mitigations into place:

  • The club’s risk assessment is reviewed to include crew boats including specific regard to coxes and re-assessed on a timely basis to take account of the changing guidance.
  • Clubs operate an opt-in system for crew boat rowing including the individual acknowledging they may be asked to isolate should a crew member be tested positive and the risk of transmission in a crew boat is higher than in a single.
  • Clubs should recognise that some individuals may not wish to return to crew boat rowing at this time or may retract their opt-in at any time and should plan for the inclusion of these individuals within sessions.
  • Clubs should ensure participants complete a self-assessment of Covid-19 symptoms and complete a written dynamic pre-row risk assessment before each session which considers cold water shock syndrome.
  • Clubs keep clear records of crew boat make-up and proactively ask members of boats where members have positive tests to refrain from rowing at the club ahead of any Test, Trace, Protect request.
  • Clubs keep the same crew rowing together wherever possible, do not mix crews if avoidable and rowers to retain their positions during each session to avoid cross contamination within the boat.
  • Clubs ensure 2m distancing is adhered to apart from when in the boat together e.g., on the beach, slipways, landing stage and whilst de-briefing etc.
  • Clubs ensure all necessary (well maintained, serviced and in date) safety equipment is present for the session and cleaned as per the previous guidelines, before and after each use.
  • Clubs should ensure all personal hygiene measures are followed, before and after each session.
  • Crews should avoid out of sync rowing, and where this cannot be avoided, e.g., a rower is sitting the boat, then they should consider wearing a face mask. Coaches should consider which position in the boat they sit, to reduce transmission risk and clubs should consider the wearing of life jackets for all crew members.
  • Clubs should ensure crews return gently to crew rowing given the lengthy break from this activity.
  • Crew members should consider wearing masks until they are within the boat, removing these for exercise and putting in an individual/personal Ziplock bag for each person within the boat, and then putting them back on before exiting the boat.
  • Crews should avoid shouting.
  • Coxes involved in rowing activity should use a face mask and eye protection in a stern loader and a face mask in a bow loader.
  • Crew members should avoid face to face contact where possible when in the boat, avoiding turning to speak to the rower behind for example.
  • With Covid case numbers currently very low in Wales, clubs may wish to consider a staggered return to crew boats starting with smaller boats, but this is a decision for clubs to consider within the context of their club, its facilities, and members.
  • Clubs will need to ensure that the landing stage and any access to the boathouse/facilities is used in a way which prevents different crews from mixing, and this should be the focus of decisions on numbers within sessions. The numbers given by Welsh Government are a maximum, and clubs should consider carefully what numbers they allow per session.

 

As our advice has been consistently through the pandemic, clubs must be aware that they may need to reverse some elements of provision, at very little notice. Clubs will need to ensure that the person in the role of Covid Officer is supported through this return to adult crew rowing period, and that all members of the club are aware of the person filling this role.

Future Intended Changes are as follows:

3rd May 2021 

  • Indoor fitness facilities can reopen
  • Indoor group activities for up to 15 adults, within social distancing guidelines
  • Indoor group activity for under 18s, not limited on numbers but within social distancing guidelines

17th May 2021

The Welsh Government have outlined an intention to move to Alert Level 2 on 17th May. This step may also increase the limits on gatherings outdoors to 50 adults, gathering indoors to 30 adults and see indoor hospitality able to reopen. This will be dependent on the next Welsh Government confirming this step after the elections.

Situation Summary from 00.01 26th April 2021  

On-Water/Outside Activity

On-water and outside activity is within Welsh Government guidance provided group size (30) restrictions for adults are followed. Crew boat rowing is now within guidelines for all provided strict adherence to the above mitigations. 

Indoor Gym Areas (S&C rooms, Erg rooms)

These areas should remain closed. 

Club Facilities (Changing Rooms, Toilets, Bar areas) 

Toilets are now permitted to reopen with mitigations in place. All other facilities should remain closed. 

Training Group Size

From 24th April – 6 people from 6 households with social distancing in place. Unlimited numbers for Under 18’s, but with regard to social distancing.

From 26th April – Groups of up to 30 adults for organised activity in addition to the above.

School Rowing  

Young people within bubbles formed under Welsh Government guidelines should follow school guidelines and risk assessments, including for crew rowing.

Travel

There are no limits to travel in the UK currently. Clubs should be aware of restrictions on overnight stays for leisure in England.

INSURANCE

Please remember to contact assistance@searowing.wales to advise Richard Aherne asap if any equipment needs cover under the WSR fleet insurance and is to be upgraded to being actively used from its current ‘laid up’ status, without doing this your equipment covered by this policy will not be insured for use!

ADMIN

All clubs are reminded that completed affiliation paperwork MUST be filed with the Secretary prior to any on water activity taking place. This includes:

Club Safety Audit Checklist

Club Risk Assessment Checklist

Club Members Return Spreadsheet 2021

(Office 365 version, if anyone is unable to use this sheet please let Secretary know)

Please also ensure all individual membership fees for Adult and Junior members of your club have been submitted to the Secretary.
The annual membership fee for an Adult is £15, Junior (under 18) is £6. This covers personal insurance for the individual member.


2nd April 2021 – Updated Rowing Guidance during COVID-19

Summary of Guidance

Following Welsh Government’s announcement by the First Minister this afternoon, please see below for the relaxations in restrictions that impact rowing clubs.

For adult crew boat rowing, we would hope that the re-start of adult crew boat rowing will be within Welsh Government guidance with the above mitigations in place when organised activity for adults returns. This is due to be reviewed by Welsh Government on 22nd  April 2021.

The detailed announcement can be found here: https://gov.wales/moving-wales-alert-level-3-first-minister-sets-out-plans-further-relax-covid-restrictions

Provided cases remain low, the following things will be permitted:

Monday, 12th April – Travel into and out of Wales from the rest of the UK and Common Travel Area

Monday, 26th April – Outdoor hospitality, including cafes, pubs and restaurants

Monday, 3rd May – Organised adult outdoor activities for up to 30 people

Monday, 10th May – Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities can reopen. Individual and one-to-one training will be allowed, but not exercise classes

Monday, 17th May – Children’s indoor activities, organised indoor activities for adults, limited to a maximum of 15 people. This includes exercise classes.

Travel across the English border for Children

We also received clarification from Welsh Government on Wednesday around travel across the English border for children participating in Organised Outdoor Activity for sport.

The Government FAQ on organised outdoor activity for children now states:

Can people travel to attend these activities?

  • Yes, though people should be mindful of our wider guidance on leaving home at the current alert level.
  • Travelling into and out of Wales for the purpose of participating in or facilitating an organised outdoor activity for children is a reasonable excuse.
  • Shared transport should be avoided. Wherever possible children, parents and organisers should avoid car sharing and lifts to attend these activities. If organisers use shared transport including minibuses, they should follow the rules on school transport. When using public transport people should follow the rules on the use of face coverings for those over 11.

For full regulations – https://gov.wales/organised-childrens-outdoor-activity-frequently-asked-questions#section-67301

This means more junior Welsh club rowers can access their clubs, and they can also attend events or sessions in England as they arise.

Clearly the weeks delay in reopening adult outdoor activity is an unwelcome development for all of our clubs with adult rowers and our Start Centre, and we will continue to make the case through Welsh Rowing for this to be moved forward through the Welsh Sports Association (WSA). The WSA’s statement on this delay can be found here: https://wsa.wales/wp-content/uploads/WSA-Statement-010421.pdf.

 

The previous recent announcement by Welsh Government’s First Minister on the 29th March 2021 detailed below for the relaxations in restrictions that impact rowing clubs.

Introduction
Welsh Sea Rowing will continue to ensure that the advice outlined for members is up to date but the situation and guidance from Welsh Government through Welsh Rowing is regularly changing. Rowers and clubs should always ensure they check relevant guidance from the Welsh Government, Local Authorities, and local waterway authorities. The latest advice from Welsh Government can be found here.

Public health remains the number one priority
For more information on coronavirus (Covid-19) we recommend visiting the following additional websites:

Additions and changes to 12th March 2021 advice
Whilst Wales remains at Covid Alert Level 4, there was a further relaxation in Covid-19 restrictions in Wales, from 00.01 on 27 March 2021. The key areas that these impacts are as follows:

  • Travel
  • Organised outdoor activities for children and young people including crew boats
  • Household meeting
  • Opening of toilets

Travel
The stay local restriction has now been eased to an all-Wales travel area, which means travel within Wales is now not limited. Limits remain in place for English residents wanting to travel to Wales, and this must be for essential reasons defined by Welsh Government. We expect the limits for English residents travelling into Wales for exercise to be lifted in two weeks’ time if conditions allow.

Organised outdoor activities for children and young people including crew coxes
Children and young people aged 18 (or persons who were aged under 18 on 31st August 2020) can now take part in supervised activities where they are held outdoors as part of an activity organised by a club. There is no limit on the number of children and young children that can attend, but space available will dictate limits. Adults, including volunteers and qualified professionals, may attend these activities where they are involved in running them, or where the child is too young to be left. Adults including parents should maintain social distancing at all times.

Welsh Government recommends considering the use of face masks for those adults in attendance who are not under physical exertion. Contact sports for young people under 18 are now permitted, including those where social distancing is not possible, but it is advised that this activity is limited wherever possible.

If clubs do wish to run crew rowing sessions with young people in their clubs, they are advised to put the following mitigations into place:

  • The risk assessment is reviewed to include crew boats
  • Clubs operate an opt-in system for crew boat rowing including the individual and their parents/guardians acknowledging they may be asked to isolate should a crew member be tested positive and the risk of transmission in a crew boat is higher than in a single.
  • Clubs should recognise that some individuals may not wish to return to crew boat rowing at this time, or may retract their opt-in and should plan for the inclusion of these individuals within sessions
  • Clubs should ensure participants complete a self-assessment of Covid-19 symptoms before each session
  • Crew boat rowers should be experienced to avoid clashes/out of sync rowing
  • Clubs keep clear records of crew boat make-up and proactively ask members of boats where members have positive tests to refrain from rowing at the club ahead of any Test, Trace, Protect request
  • Clubs keep the same crew rowing together wherever possible, do not mix crews if avoidable
  • Clubs ensure 2m distancing is adhered to apart from when in the boat together e.g., on the landing stage, platform, beach, or slipway, whilst de-briefing etc.
  • Clubs ensure all equipment is cleaned as per the previous guidelines, before and after each use
  • Clubs should ensure all personal hygiene measures are followed, before and after each session
  • Crews should avoid out of sync rowing
  • Clubs should ensure crews return gently to crew rowing given the lengthy break from this activity
  • Crews should avoid shouting
  • Coxes involved in rowing activity should use a face mask and visor in a stern loader and a face mask in a bow loader

We would recommend a staggered return to junior crew boat rowing, introducing boats to existing provision on the following timetable:

  • Coxless doubles and pairs – 29th March 2021
  • Coxless fours and quads – 3rd April 2021
  • Coxed boats – 10th April 2021

Clubs will need to ensure that the person in the role of Covid Officer is supported through this return to rowing period, and that all members of the club are aware of the person filling this role.

The Welsh Government FAQs for this are here.

Household meeting
The household meeting rules now allow 6 adults from 2 households to meet up for exercise.

Opening of toilets
The club must ensure toilets are regularly cleaned (within the UK Government’s cleaning guidance) and well managed to minimise the risk of the transmission of the virus. A full risk assessment should be carried out, setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets to ensure they are kept clean and social distancing is achieved as much as possible. Toilet capacity should be managed via entry and exit and to allow for the 2m social distancing to be maintained.

Consider:

  • A one in one out system and 2 metre queueing point clearly marked outside the building.
  • More frequent rubbish collection.
  • Replacing hand dryers with paper towels in handwashing facilities.

When accessing and leaving facilities, people should wipe down areas of contact, wash their hands thoroughly, use paper towels where possible and avoid touching any surfaces in transit. Clubs should also regularly clean touch-point areas and surfaces in line with their club COVID-19 risk assessment.

When in enclosed public places, people are still required to wear face masks.

Situation Summary from 00.01 26th March 2021

On-Water/Outside Activity
On-water and outside activity is within Welsh Government guidance provided travel guidance and household meeting limits are followed. Crew boat rowing now within guidelines for young people with above mitigations and staggered re-start in place.

Indoor Gym Areas (S&C rooms, Erg rooms)
These areas should remain closed.

Club Facilities (Changing Rooms, Toilets, Bar areas)
Toilets are now permitted to reopen with the above mitigations in place. All other facilities should remain closed.

Training Group Size
Outdoor individual, household, support bubble and up to 6 people from 2 household’s groups only. There is no limit to the number of times per day you can train nor a requirement to maintain the same 6-person group.

School Rowing
Young people within bubbles formed under Welsh Government guidelines should follow school guidelines and risk assessments, including for crew rowing. These bubbles are in place for school activity only and do not transfer to community activity.

Travel
The Welsh Government guidance is changing to an All-Wales travel area. Limits remain in place for English residents wanting to travel to Wales, and this must be for essential reasons defined by Welsh Government.

INSURANCE

Please remember to contact assistance@searowing.wales to advise Richard Aherne asap if any equipment needs cover under the WSR fleet insurance and is to be upgraded to being actively used from its current ‘laid up’ status, without doing this your equipment covered by this policy will not be insured for use!


19th March 2021 – Updated Rowing Guidance during COVID-19

Summary of Guidance

Following the First Minister’s recent announcements there are changes to the sport of coastal rowing as set out below.

Due to the improving public health situation and reduction of pressure on the NHS, Welsh Government have eased the Covid-19 restrictions from 00.01 on 13th March 2021. This allows all clubs to reopen their outdoor facilities only, should they wish to do so, for activity which meets the current household meeting rules and travel restrictions.

The household meeting rules allow 4 people from 2 households to meet up for exercise, provided that this is within their local area. There is no definitive rule as to what ‘stay local’ is, but 5 miles would appear to be considered a reasonable measure unless living rurally, and this is down to individual interpretation. ‘Stay local’ will not be in place long-term and is likely to be removed before or at the next review on the 2nd April 2021.

Clubs are able to reopen for singles and household crew boat activity only at the present time. As an early warning for preparation purposes, we hope to have some movement on club crew rowing in the next few weeks, and this is likely to be phased approach starting with the skiffs, single and double sculls at present and moving to bigger crew boats which will include quad sculls, Celtic and Pembrokeshire longboats, but will always need to take heed of the household meeting guidance.

Clubs will need to revisit the procedures and processes put into place during the reopening in June 2020 and should update their risk assessments to account for changes since the last re-opening before activity can recommence.

There is a strong need for rowing to continue to implement the high standards of safety it has developed over many years, and for the sport to continue its activity safely and within Welsh Government guidance whilst reducing the risk of affecting NHS and emergency service resources.

Welsh Sea Rowing will continue to ensure that the advice outlined for affiliated clubs and rowers is as up to date as is possible given the current times. However, the situation and guidance from Welsh Government which is fed through Welsh Rowing is regularly changing. Rowers and clubs should always ensure they check relevant guidance from the Welsh Government, Local Authorities, and local waterway authorities. The latest advice from Welsh Government can be found here.

Public health remains the number one priority

For more information on coronavirus (Covid-19) we recommend visiting the following additional websites:

Situation Summary from 00.01 13th March 2021:

On-Water/Outside Activity

On-water and outside activity is within Welsh Government guidance provided travel guidance and household meeting limits are followed.

Indoor Gym Areas (S&C rooms, Erg rooms)

These areas should remain closed.

Club Facilities (Changing Rooms, Toilets, Bar areas)

All clubhouses and their facilities should remain closed.

Training Group Size

Outdoor individual, household, support bubble and up to 4 people from 2 household groups only. There is no limit to the number of times per day you can train nor a requirement to maintain the same 4-person group.

School Rowing

Young people within bubbles formed under Welsh Government guidelines should follow school guidelines and risk assessments, including for crew rowing. These bubbles are in place for school activity only and do not transfer to community activity.

Travel

The Welsh Government guidance is changing to a ‘stay local’ message, in practice, this is considered to be 5 miles from your home unless you live within a rural area whereby it may be increased appropriately.

WSR are awaiting possible further details around some areas, which may include information on toilet’s and changing rooms, so we could have some further guidance on these aspects soon.

In addition to the above guidance / information, the First Minister indicated:

  • Organised children’s (17 and under) outdoor activities could return from March 27th
  • That the ‘Stay Local’ message could be lifted from March 27th.

In the above guidance, you will see that we hope to make significant steps in the return of crew rowing over the next few weeks, and that we will relay this information to you all as soon as possible with further details on this as I know it is crucial to many of the WSR clubs which do not have access to singe / double sculls or skiffs.

The WSR Committee hope that the return to the water over the next few weeks goes smoothly and is a positive set forward for people’s wellbeing having had to observe the recent lockdown(s). We hope your return to the water is successful and safe whilst taking onboard all of the relevant guidance. WSR would also like to thank you all for your patience and understanding on the recent restrictions that have been put in place to keep everyone safe.

We hope to see you all soon whether in a competitive manner or as a social rower enjoying this fantastic sport and if you have images you would like to share from any water activity please tag our social media in these posts.

As the WSR Committee receive any further or more specific information, we will absorb this information, its implications for the sport of coastal rowing within our community and of course keep you all informed.

In practice, the changes to the restrictions means for on-water rowing:-

For clubs:  

  • Clubs can re-open compounds and boat bays to allow access to boats and oars / blades and should put into place a system which ensures as few people as possible enter, and these people have as little contact with each other as possible. Some clubs will wish to consider a one-way system if this suits their premises.
  • Clubs should operate a system of booking that enables the household meeting restrictions to be met limiting numbers on the water accordingly and keep records of bookings for 21 days to assist any Test, Trace and Protect protocols that are put in place following positive tests.
  • Clubs should consider a deep clean of boat storage areas / bays.
  • Oars / blades should be disinfected, particularly the handles before and after use. They should have been aired and be dry before the next person uses them.
  • Consider what PPE you will need to provide to your first aiders/first responders in the event of an emergency situation or CPR is required.
  • Boats must be thoroughly cleaned on the trailer/ launch trolley / rack after use and be well ventilated before the next person uses it.
  • Clubs should implement a one-way system on the landing beach / slipway / stage where multiple boats are boating / landing
  • Any shared surfaces (not exclusive to) padlocks, gates, keys should be cleaned before and after use.

 

For rowers:  

  • You must be able to launch your boat by yourself or with members of your household, or through assistance from another person where mitigations such as a face covering are in place and the maximum possible distance between individuals is maintained.
  • Arrive in your rowing kit and avoid any changing outside of your house. Bring your own drink and do not consume food whilst rowing. Avoid the usage of hatches for storage. Take all of your own clothing into the boat with you.
  • All crew should be experienced, to reduce the risk of capsize given safety launches or many other marine users are not likely to be on the water at these times and carry out their own risk assessment of conditions before undertaking any rowing session.
  • Any return to on-water activity should be gentle and gradual after a period away from the water.

 

Please remember to contact assistance@searowing.wales to advise Richard Aherne asap if any equipment needs cover under the WSR fleet insurance and is to be upgraded to being actively used from its current ‘laid up’ status, without doing this your equipment covered by this policy will not be insured for use!

 


5th March 2021 – Updated Rowing Guidance during COVID-19

Summary of Guidance

Following the First Minister’s recent announcements there is a small change which affects clubs and their members. 

Up to four people from two households can meet to exercise outdoors. However, this does not mean that it is permissible for someone to drive to exercise, and it must be for exercising, not socialising.

However, it appears possible that Wales could enter Alert Level 3 following the next review on March 12th if current trends in infection rates, the vaccination programme and hospitalisations continue to fall. Welsh Government (WG) have given more detail on their thinking around a move to AL3 and this is outlined below:

  • Returning our children, young people, and students back to schools and education will remain WG’s top priority. Other changes WG make should not risk this objective.
  • WG will prioritise changes that improve wellbeing, introducing those which are of lowest risk first.
  • Outdoor activity continues to be lower risk than indoors, so activities that take place outdoors are likely to resume before indoor activities.
  • Similarly, meeting outdoors will be a safer way to see people before WG are able to reintroduce extended households or enable people to meet indoors.
  • Activities that involve fewer people over shorter time periods are lower risk than when lots of people are in the same place for a long period of time.
  • Businesses such as non-essential retail and close contact services are lower risk and likely to be able to re-open before higher risk places such as gyms, leisure centres, and hospitality.

From this advice, Welsh Rowing has suggested Welsh Sea Rowing clubs could be preparing for a re-opening following the next review, likely for outdoor activities only, and with limits on numbers within sessions likely for adults, in a similar way to the activities that were permitted following the first lockdown. Obviously, the situation may dictate that the Welsh Government is not happy to re-open sports clubs, and we are unlikely to have any further indications until the week before the review, but Welsh Rowing and Welsh Sea Rowing hope given the above statements that outdoor sport will be able to resume even if in limited format.

The detail of Alert Level 3 restrictions are available within the Welsh Government Covid Control Plan here: Click to Download PDF

Welsh Sea Rowing clubs should be aware that there may be a gradual move into AL3 rather than a wholesale change at the next review.

As the WSR Committee receive any further or more specific information, we will absorb this information, its implications for the sport of coastal rowing within our community and of course keep you all informed.


9th November 2020 – Updated Rowing Guidance during COVID-19

Summary of Post Firebreak Guidance

As of 00:01AM on 9th November 2020, the recent Welsh Government ‘firebreak’ lockdown throughout Wales will cease.

Things that ‘have changed’ after the firebreak:

Households
Two households are able to join together to form an extended household. This means that an extended household functions as one household, and therefore can row a crew boat as households are able to. This new extended household can be different to that which has been in place before, once you have agreed and joined an extended household, you cannot then leave that extended household. All hygiene measures for club boats must still be adhered to by an extended household. Clubs are advised to ask their members to let them know if they intend to form an extended household with another rowing household, so that the club can ensure that Welsh Government guidelines are adhered to whilst on club premises.

Duty of Care
Clubs must continue to ensure that the administration around their activities would provide the ability for the Test, Trace, Protect system to carry out contact tracing if needed. Clubs should ensure that records are kept for 21 days in a GDPR complaint manner. Clubs should continue to ask all participants to make a self-declaration when attending a session that they are not currently experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 or have been asked to self-isolate. A template for this self-declaration is provided at the end of this guidance under Appendix 1. Clubs should ensure face coverings are worn by members whilst inside their premises (unless individuals are exempt) unless taking part in physical activity.

Mitigations
There are two mitigations currently in place, subject to risk assessments by clubs, both where closer contact is minimal and temporary, and to allow greater safety provision, and access to the sport. These are:

  • When launching ribs for coaching or safety, these can be launched by two people within the 2-metre social distancing guideline, provided they both wear face coverings, and that the furthest distance between two individuals is kept at all times. Clubs may wish to mark launches for this purpose.
  • Rowers who require assistance from another person to carry, launch or retrieve their boat may receive this, as long as both people wear face coverings and that the furthest distance between two individuals is kept at all times. Clubs should risk assess this mitigation and rower competency in the instance of a capsize and adjust safety/launch/buddy requirements, as necessary.

Events
Clubs are able to run events which will keep within the numbers for the type of activity given below. Please note the need to keep all participants/organisers separate, and to not have mixing of these groups.

On Water
Singles, and (extended) household crew boats are within current Welsh Government guidelines. Rowers should continue to observe strict hygiene protocols, and to adhere to social distancing guidelines when landing and launching their boats, using mitigations above if necessary. Outside of an organised session, rowers should limit themselves to meeting as a maximum of a group of 4 unless within the same (extended) household. Rowers should make efforts to be consistent with their group of 4 if possible.

Training Group Size
A maximum of 30 individuals can be present in one session outdoors, children aged under 11 plus those organising the activity (such as coaches) are not included in these numbers. Clubs should ensure that social distancing is adhered to within these groups. We have also had clarification that there can be simultaneous groups of 30 at an outdoor facility, provided they are clearly separate, do not come into contact with each other at any time and with a responsible person overseeing the activities. Indoor sessions are limited to 15 participants maximum (coaches/volunteers/under 11’s are not included within this number), if facilities can manage this number within social distancing guidelines. Simultaneous groups of 15 people will be able to take part in organised activities indoors, using the UK Active guidance to determine the maximum capacity for the available setting (space).

Travel
There are no restrictions on travel within Wales. Travel will only be possible across the Wales-England border with a reasonable excuse. Examples of a reasonable excuse include travelling for work or volunteering, education, a medical appointment, legal requirement, or compassionate grounds. The English lockdown also means cross-border travel is not allowed unless one of the exceptions in the English regulations applies.

Things that ‘have not changed’ after the firebreak:

General Guidelines
The social distancing rule of 2 metres and the use of face masks in accordance with Welsh Government guidelines still apply throughout Wales.

Club Facilities (Changing Rooms, Toilets, Bar areas)
Social areas, changing rooms and toilets may now re-open. Clubs should ensure that they follow the guidance for hospitality and social areas provided by Welsh Government including the limited hours for the sale of alcohol and table service requirements. Clubs are required to responsibly manage changing rooms and toilets to minimise the spread of Covid-19, this might mean controlling access and capacity. Changing rooms and toilets should be subject to enhanced cleaning regimes and follow the guidance set out by Welsh Government.

Indoor Gym Areas (Strength and Conditioning rooms, Erg rooms etc.)
Gym areas may open whilst adhering to guidelines for indoor gym areas on social distancing, indoor groups, and hygiene measures.

School Rowing
As schools return under Welsh Government advice, they have formed consistent groups of individuals (bubbles) and subject to the school’s own guidelines and risk assessment, it may be possible to form crews of school children from these bubbles if this is consistent with the rest of the restrictions and mitigations put in place by the school. These bubbles apply for school-sanctioned activity only and do not transfer to community activity. Young people within bubbles formed under Welsh Government guidelines can row in crew boats with each other within school guidelines and risk assessments. All hygiene measures recommended for shared equipment should be followed, and rower, coaches and volunteers should be socially distanced whenever this is possible within the session.

Do not leave your home to go rowing if Welsh Government advice means you should stay at home because you or someone you live with has or has had symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

See the Public Health Wales website for more details.

For more information on coronavirus (Covid-19) we recommend visiting the following additional websites:
Welsh Government coronavirus information
World Health Organisation coronavirus information

Welsh Sea Rowing advice on hygiene and cleaning for rowers and equipment remains unchanged. This is imperative to reducing the risks to our community.

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Appendix 1
Example of a Health Declaration required for Welsh Sea Rowing affiliated clubs:
Health Declaration to be made before each session, I declare that:

  • I have not travelled to a country that requires quarantine on return to the UK in the last 14 days.
  • I am not waiting for the result of a Coronavirus test.
  • I am not currently in the isolation period after testing positive for coronavirus.
  • I do not have any symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID 19).

I understand the main symptoms of Coronavirus are:

  • High temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).
  • New, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
  • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

NOTE: Rowers must inform the club if they develop any of the above symptoms!

Name: ………………………………………………………….

Signed: …………………………………………………………
Date: ……………………………………………………………

 


23rd October 2020 – Updated Rowing Guidance during COVID-19

As of 6pm on Friday 23rd October 2020, Welsh Government will be implementing a ‘firebreak’ lockdown throughout Wales and this will last until Monday 9th November 2020.

The Welsh Government FAQ’s for this set of measures is available here:

https://gov.wales/coronavirus-circuit-break-frequently-asked-questions.

Welsh Government exercise guideline summary

  • You can leave home as often as you like to exercise as long as you do so from home and alone or with members of your household (and/or a carer).
  • No legal limits on type of exercise, but in practice this is constrained by other restrictions that have been imposed such as the closure of leisure centres, gyms, and swimming pools.
  • Exercise should be undertaken locally – from home or as close as possible to the home. In general, this should not involve people driving to a location away from home for this purpose. People with specific health or mobility issues may, however, need to travel from their home in order to be able to exercise. For example, some wheelchair users may not be able to start to exercise immediately outside their homes for practical access reasons and may need to drive to a suitable flat location, such as a park, for this purpose. In these circumstances the journey should be to the nearest convenient accessible location and no long journeys should be undertaken unless absolutely necessary.
  • The need to carry sports equipment is not regarded as a justification on its own for driving in these circumstances.

In practice, this means:

  1. Clubs and their facilities should close
  2. As Welsh Government specifically mention water activity – “As one of the purposes of the restrictions is to reduce pressure on the Welsh NHS, we also ask people to avoid activities that involve a significant degree of risk (for example swimming or other exercise at sea, or in lakes, rivers or other waterways)”, we would advise against any on-water activity. We understand this is a consistent approach through all water-based National Governing Bodies in Wales including Welsh Rowing.

Our advice therefore is that all Welsh Sea Rowing community rowing activity on the water and within club facilities should cease for the period of the fire breaker. Whilst the committee understand this further lockdown will be short it may have a significant adverse impact on clubs and these clubs are encouraged to keep in contact with the committee to ensure that all support options can be explored.

Things to consider for clubs when closing for this period:

  • Is the club fully secure with windows closed, doors locked, entry codes changed, all alarms on and flood defences in place?
  • Is the access gate locked?
  • Have you considered regular checks from nearby club members when they are out for their permitted exercise?
  • Have security lights and CCTV cameras been checked to ensure that they are working?
  • Has the alarm key holder list been updated with your security provider and the local police?
  • Have any fridges and/or water heaters been emptied and turned off?
  • Have you turned off the gas?
  • If you have a club bar, has the beer and gas been turned off and disconnected
  • If you have a club bar, have spirits been removed from the club or locked away out of sight?
  • Have all valuables and/or monies been removed?
  • Have bar snacks been put in rodent-proof containers or removed from the club?
  • Have you emptied all the internal rubbish bins?
  • Do you need to put in place rat and mouse traps?
  • If equipment is outside, is it secured to the racks properly to stop theft or damage from the weather?
  • Is there equipment that is normally left outside, that could be put inside. e.g. expensive equipment
  • Are electrics and batteries for lights unplugged, and in a secure place?
  • Is the trailer locked up and a wheel clamp on?
  • Are petrol tanks being stored in the proper place and vented correctly?
  • Are any towing vehicles locked up and the keys in a secure place?
  • Are boat hatches open to avoid any build-up of pressure and/or condensation?

Please note:

Sport Wales will be announcing further funding possibilities for clubs who are financially impacted by the firebreak, we would recommend facility-owning clubs also investigate the small business rates relief grant for this period.

All previously published guidance still applies, this should be read as an update to those documents.

Please contact chair@searowing.wales with any queries.


30th September 2020 – Updated Rowing Guidance during COVID-19

As of Wednesday 30th September 2020, Welsh Government has announced that from Monday 28th September 2020 the following areas have entered local lockdowns:

Welsh Government has also announced that from Thursday 1st October 2020 the following areas will have to enter into lockdowns:

Clubs and rowers based in the above areas will be subject to the following restrictions:

  • People will not be allowed to enter or leave any of the above areas without a reasonable excuse.
  • People will no longer be able to form, or be in, an extended household.
  • Meeting indoors with anyone who is not part of your household (people you live with) is not allowed, unless you have a good reason, such as providing care to a vulnerable person.
  • All licensed premises will have to close at 11pm.
  • People must work from home wherever possible.

Therefore, rowing clubs based in these lockdown areas are able, should they wish to, to continue permitted activity within the current guidance, but should ensure any members living outside of the affected areas are not attending training sessions inside the locked down areas. Club members based in these areas should not leave their respective area to row.

Official guidance for these areas is now available here:

https://gov.wales/local-lockdown

Venue QR codes

Welsh Government is encouraging all venues in Wales to display the official NHS QR code poster. For clubs in shared or hired venues, it is our understanding that it is the responsibility of the venue operator to display the NHS QR code, and you must liaise with the venue operator. For clubs operating their own venues, please visit the government coronavirus guidance website to register your details and create a specific NHS QR code poster for your facility. There is currently no legal requirement to use the QR code system and clubs will still need to keep their own log of participants, volunteers, staff, and visitors.

In Wales, the displaying of NHS QR code posters is currently not required by law, therefore will not be enforced by the local authorities.

For FAQs and advice about QR code posters for venues in Wales, click here.

Active Clubs in Wales

Several clubs have been active both onshore and out on the water during the recent periods and have worked with the current guidance to put together all the necessary processes in place.

The WSR Committee would like to thank these clubs for leading the way around the coast of Wales ensuring that our sport is continued in a safe manner under the current restrictions whilst the good weather is available.

If other WSR clubs are looking to get active and are looking for some guidance to assist this process, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the following committee members via email:

chair@searowing.wales
health-and-safety@searowing.wales
secretary@searowing.wales

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.

All previously published guidance still applies, this should be read as an update to those documents.


9th September 2020 – Minor update to Rowing Guidance during COVID-19

Please note the following statement that was previously advised has now been changed.

“Changing rooms, social areas and toilets may now re-open. Clubs should ensure that they follow the guidance for hospitality and social areas provided by Welsh Government. Changing rooms and toilets should be subject to enhanced cleaning regimes and follow the guidance set out by Welsh Government.”

Welsh Government have updated their guidance as follows:

Changing rooms and showers
Where possible, rowers must arrive changed and shower at home. Use of changing and shower facilities is not allowed at this stage. Exceptions may be made where safety and safeguarding measures require their use. E.g. supporting disabled athletes, a child needs a change of clothing etc. This should be considered when planning the activity to ensure all reasonable steps are taken to minimise risk, in line with governing body guidance.

Toilets
Toilets should be cleaned regularly in line with the information provided in the relevant section “keeping facilities clean” in the Welsh Government guidance for sports, clubs and facilities, and capacity should be managed via entry and exit and to allow for the 2m physical distancing to be maintained.

For safety reasons, the club could use the showers, i.e. a capsize, but it shouldn’t be encouraged as a usual practice.

All previously published guidance on this page still applies apart from the change mentioned above. This should be read as an update to those documents.

 


28th August 2020 – Updated Rowing Guidance during COVID-19

As of Friday 28th August 2020, we remain in the AMBER PHASE of traffic light guidance. Welsh Government has announced that from Saturday 22nd August extended households can include up to 4 households. This means that an extended household can row a crew boat in the same way that same household crews have been able to. Rowers should continue to observe strict hygiene protocols, and to adhere to social distancing guidelines when landing and launching their boats, using mitigations below if necessary. 

Gym areas may open whilst adhering to guidelines for indoor gym areas on social distancing, indoor groups, and hygiene measures. 

A maximum of 30 individuals can be present in one session, this includes parents, coaches, volunteers, and rowers. Clubs should ensure that social distancing is adhered to by these groups.

Changing rooms, social areas and toilets may now re-open. Clubs should ensure that they follow the guidance for hospitality and social areas provided by Welsh Government. Changing rooms and toilets should be subject to enhanced cleaning regimes and follow the guidance set out by Welsh Government.

This version of the guidance builds on our previously published guidance and should be read as an update to those documents. 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 Local Harbour Authorities must be observed.

If you are able to get back out on the water, then you must remember to check with your club committee that all WSR affiliation paperwork is complete for rowers to ensure insurance cover is in place prior to getting back out on the water and that the equipment insurance has been updated as most of the equipment covered by the fleet insurance is currently registered as being laid up and not in use.

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.

 

 


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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