Rowing to return from March 29th

British Rowing has given the go-ahead tor rowing to return to clubs from Monday, March 29th. A lot of work has taken place in the background to develop procedures to make this possible and to ensure the health and safety of members. Crew boats of all sizes are allowed to go afloat from Monday – the day on which Step 1(b) of the UK Government roadmap for the relaxation of lockdown restrictions comes into force – on condition that Covid guidelines are followed at all times.

Version 11.1 of British Rowing’s Managing Covid-19 guidance was issued on March 25th outlining the procedures to be followed by clubs.

A two week timetable has been put together by the Rowing & Coaching Committee allocating sessions to squads to cover the Easter holidays, and members wishing to have an outing are asked to reserve their sessions using Google Sheets and to book boats in advance for each timed slot using the Booking portal.

Members should ensure that they read through the club’s Covid Guidelines document and follow the club rules at all times.

Please take it slowly and use the first couple of weeks to gently ease back into rowing and give your body time to adjust. British Rowing also recently issued a safety alert outlining some issues of which to be aware when returning from a prolonged absence.

The club gym is set to re-open from April 12th, when the move to Step 2 is anticipated, and members who have borrowed any club equipment (ergos, weights etc) are therefore asked to return these by Sunday, April 4th so we can ensure that all equipment is working correctly and get the gym ready for use.

Version 11.2 of British Rowing’s Guidance was issued on April 8th after the move to Step 2 was confirmed. Members should use revised rules for the use of the Hall and Gym, and updated water and gym timetables from Monday, Aprl 12th.

If you have any feedback about the arrangements please get in touch by email to captain@durham-arc.org.uk