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Charity no  1161250 Water Row, Newburn, Newcastle upon Tyne NE158NL
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Limited return to rowing on 18 May 2020
Tyne Amateur Rowing Club ceased all activities at midnight on 20 March 2020, in line with government advice and the latest position statement at that time from British Rowing. As from 13 May rowing clubs have been allowed to permit water outings again within strict limits. The scheme outlined below was trialed over the weekend 16/17 May and from Monday 18 is operational. It will evolve as British Rowing advice changes.

Rowing guidance for 18 May 2020 onwards

N.B. Club contact phone numbers are at the foot of the page in case of emergency

Tyne ARC has taken the decision in light of the British Rowing and government guidance to open for single scullers only. Authorised adult scullers wishing to take part are able to access the old boat shed only singly or in pairs at an allocated time.

In order to keep all of our members safe during this time it is important that we follow the rules below. Plese note we are now using staggered time slots, so as at the weekend we are allowing no more than two rowers on land at any one time but there can be up to four on the water.

General instructions

  1. Sign up for a 90 min slot using the online sign-up sheet here:
  2. Do not enter the boat shed before your allotted time.
  3. Ensure you are off the water, have your equipment cleaned and put away in order to exit the boat shed at the end of 90 mins to ensure there is no overlap between you and the next pair.
  4. Follow the cleaning guidance posted in the boat shed and online.
  5. If using a club single or blades please ensure that the equipment is fully washed using soap and hot water so it is safe for the next user.
  6. The spreadsheet will also be used as a sign out sheet – if you have signed up and are no longer going to go out please remove your name.
Hygiene Safety instructions:
  1. Wash your hands on entering the boat shed.
  2. Use the disinfectant and blue roll paper to clean the shutter mechanism after opening or closing the shutters.
  3. Clean all equipment used with soapy water and a clean cloth, including any equipment you have to move to access your own (blades etc).
  4. Ideally bring your own boat cleaning cloth (there will be some spare) and take it home to wash.
  5. Use the disinfectant spray on blue roll paper to clean door handles etc as you exit the shed.
  6. Ensure you keep a 2m distance from any other member accessing the boat shed.
  7. Do not attend the boat club if you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19, especially a high temperature, a new and persistent cough or loss of taste or smell.
Water Safety instructions
  1. To go out you must be on the list of those approved by your coach or squad coordinator as being competent to take a single out on their own with no safety launch cover.
  2. Before leaving home check the weather forecast (especially for wind) and tide times, taking particular note if wind will be against tide and check the Club Members Facebook page for any late announcements, e.g. about likely conditions, low tides etc.
  3. On arrival undertake a personal risk assessment taking into account these factors plus the actual water conditions, your fitness and your own experience in a single (even if on the approved list) and come to a clear conclusion on whether it is safe for you to go out without launch safety cover; if in doubt, don’t go out.
  4. You can get help to get your boat out and put on water (and the reverse), but you must social distance as necessary.
  5. Try to go out at the same time as the other rower in the same time slot, so you can keep an eye on each other and assist if there is an incident such as a capsize, subject to social distancing guidelines as far as possible.
  6. If at all possible take a mobile phone with you in a waterproof pouch in case of emergency – the numbers to call are below.
  7. We recommend rowers stay between the White House and the bottom of Newburn straight.
Emergency response - Covid-19
For all life-threatening or serious incidents at the club or on the water during the Covid-19 return to row regime:
Ring 999 - police, fire, ambulance or coastguard
Boathouse address:
Tyne Amateur Rowing Club, Water Row, Newburn,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 8NL
If asked for directions, emphasise the club is on the north bank of the river, just along from Newburn Bridge and the Boathouse PH.
The other emergency shore access point for the club’s usual training outings is: Derwenthaugh Marina, off Tundry Way, Blaydon, Gateshead, NE21 5LL.
After dialling 999 and when confident help is on the way, contact an official of the rowing club as indicated in next section.
For less serious incidents that still require club assistance:
Contact a club officer
These are the numbers you should ring (try in the order shown) if there is a problem requiring assistance during an outing under the Covid-19 return to rowing system which started on 16 May 2020.
  Water Safety Adviser    Colin Percy             07985  003304
  Captain                           Laura Clack            07961  879183
  Chair of Mgt Cttee         David Robinson      07519  834958


 Last updated on 20 May 2020
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