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Charity no  1161250 Water Row, Newburn, Newcastle upon Tyne NE158NL
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Rowing Safety

Club contacts in case of rowing incidents
 Club Rowng Safety Adviser  Harry Clark   07808 118114
 Assistant Club Rowing Safety Adviser  Jen Peacock      07583 351740
 Events Rowing Safety Adviser    Colin Percy          07985 003304 
  Captain    Tom Jackson     07538 816018
  Chair of Rowing Committee   Martin Hulse   07720 896401

We row on a big, tidal river, full of interest and variety, sometimes a challenge, never the same one day to the next and always fascinating. It’s a great river for our sport. Yes, there are hazards, but if you read the material on this page and follow up the links, you will be well equipped to deal with whatever the Tyne might throw at you.
Capsize drill at Outer West Pool 2 Nov 14
Swim test and capsize drill for new members at West Denton Leisure Centre 
(note the swimming pool is now closed)

British Rowing's RowSafe advice
Follow the lin to check out British Rowing's RowSafe water safety advice, revised and re-issued every year. There is no longer a printed copy available. Everyone who rows (or is thinking of taking up rowing) should read this guide, starting with those sections most relevant to them.

River Tyne Rowing Club Safety Code
Familiarise yourself with the 
Code - downloadable below or at It was written in 2010 by people who row at the various clubs based at Newburn, with assistance from other water sports and river-related organisations. It updated and revised by Port of Tyne in 2021 and reissued then.

The Code will tell you what you need to know about local conditions on the Tyne and the guidance we have prepared to help keep you safe on this river: which side to row on, where our training and beginners areas are and what hazards to look out for and avoid.

River Tyne - Safety Map
The Tyne Safety Map has recently been revised and you can download it below. It is over two pages - they print best at A3. The two sheets are: 
West sheet - Wylam to Blaydon, including the club at Newburn
East sheet - Blaydon to Newcastle city centre 

As the maps illustrate, the Tyne upstream of the club becomes very rural, pretty and tree-lined (though still with some hazards); downstream it begins to get more industrial (though nothing compared with what it was a 100 years ago) - with a changing waterfront, bridges and mudbanks to negotiate and lots of wildlife especially birds, and also increasingly inquisitive seals.

Tyne ARC - Safety Policy
This policy statement was published in 2018. As at the end of September 2023 it is under review, but should remain much as it is now with some updating of officer names, etc.

Tyne ARC - Safety Rules
Please read the Club’s own 
Safety Rules as well. We’ve tried to keep these simple, sensible and to a minimum but we do ask all our members to follow these basics, even if you are using your own boat and equipment. It's in everyone’s best interests. In particular, the document gives very clear guidelines on competency and related levels of supervision required for water outings

Launch driving
We currently train new volunteers in-house. We are moving towards requiring all launch drivers to have RYA Level 2 Powerboat Handling certificates, with major progrees in summer 2023.

Event risk assessments and safety plans
These are used at all rowing events on the Tyne run or hosted by the club at Newburn. Just as an example, you can download the latest versions as prepared for Tyne Head in February 2023 - here

Online incident reporting
If you have an incident or witness one please use British Rowing's online incident reporting system - go to This is not about blame or shame: it's to help the club monitor risks and hazards and if necessary take action to improve safety. If we don’t know what accidents or near misses are happening to you, we can’t do anything to help.

Need more?
Queries? Something to say to us on water safety? Please don’t hesitate to contact the Club Rowing Safety Adviser, Harry Clark, or the Events Rowing Safety Adviser, Colin Percy, both at

This page last updated 12-11-23

Rowing safety contacts

Harry Clark
Club Rowing Safety Adviser
07808 118114
Colin Percy
Events Rowing Safety Adviser
07985 003304

Downloads - other safety docs

Last updated December 2018; under review 
Updated 02-05-23 
Issued Feb 2014, minor updating Aug 2018 
Prepared in 2010, but now superseded 
Slightly revised version - issued by PoT Oct 2021 
Reissued 29-11-20 
Reissued 29-11-20 
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