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Charity no  1161250 Water Row, Newburn, Newcastle upon Tyne NE158NL
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Downloads - new documents - issued 13-01-19

V1 issued 13-01-19 
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 on 2 November 2014

British Rowing's RowSafe advice
Follow the lin to check out British Rowing's RowSafe water safety advice, revised and re-issued in April 2018. 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 - Safety Code
Familiarise yourself with the
Tyne Safety Code, last revised in June 2010, but under review in early 2019. It is accompanied by a Safety Map - see next section. It was written by people who row at the various clubs based at Newburn, with assistance from other water sports and river-related organisations.

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 below. It is over two pages in one pdf document - prints 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 more hazards).

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 particualr, 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 (Inland) certificates.

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 used for Rutherford Head in December 2018 - 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's Water Safety Adviser, Colin Percy, at or on 07985 003304.

This page last updated 05-04-19.

Water safety contact

Colin Percy
Water Safety Adviser and Events Secretary
07985 003304
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