Return to Rowing - Updated Protocol for crews 08/09/20 PLEASE READ

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Return to Rowing - Updated Protocol for crews 08/09/20 PLEASE READ

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Covid 19 Crew Boats Use Protocol:
We cannot remove the risk of catching coronavirus and so by signing up for a row you are accepting that you are doing so at your own risk. Please read the guidelines below carefully to ensure you understand the measures in place. By signing up for a row you are agreeing to abide by these guidelines and observe social distancing.

Anyone showing any Coronavirus symptoms (i.e. persistent new cough, high temperature, loss of taste/smell), or who has been advised to self–isolate, or who has been in recent contact with anyone who has symptoms, should not row or be in the boat or boat park. For the wellbeing of, and fairness to, other crew members, we also advise not rowing if you are suffering from any other viruses such as the common cold.

When travelling to a row wherever possible you should walk, cycle or drive and avoid car sharing with anyone outside your bubble and public transport.

The invitation to row will be made as normal through the Forum, based on tide and weather;
If you have to change your plans, please give plenty of notice of cancellation, so reserves can be notified.
Members opting to row, will be assigned boats by the row organizer.
No passengers will be carried, so each boat has 5 crew
No more than 12 people should be present in the boat park at any one time, if more than two boats are being launched then launch times will be staggered to facilitate this so please check forum before the row to confirm timing.
The crews and boats will be posted at the latest the night before the row at the top of the forum post.
The crews will also be displayed on the bench in the Boat park.
Arrival at boat park:
When you arrive for a row please remember to observe at least a 1m distance from anyone not in your household at all times.
When preparing the boat for launch you must observe at least 1m distance and wear a mask until you are in your seat in the boat.
We understand that not everyone will agree with the need for this but we have to comply with British Rowing guidelines and do everything we can to protect members and prevent an outbreak.
Please also sanitise your hands on arrival and when you leave, there is hand santiser on the bench in the boatpark but please provide your own where possible

The designated crew for each boat will be responsible for preparing and launching the boat and putting it away so as to reduce the possibility of cross contamination between crews.
However we have found that it is sometimes necessary to have one additional person helping when moving the boats up and down the slope.
If this is the case the cox of the crew should ask one person to assist them and that person should sanitise their hands before and after helping with the boat to reduce the potential for cross contamination.
Please do not touch a boat which you are not rowing in or offer assistance unless you are asked by the cox, except in an emergency. This is really unnatural for all of us but is the best way to keep everyone safe.
The boats will be loaded in order, to avoid passing people – from the shore over the bow - cox,4,3,2 and 1. Bow pushes off.
When boats are launched, take care not to breach the 1 metre+ gap between boats...  its easy to step in/out of a boat into the personal space of another.
• Rowers are requested to take a life jacket or buoyancy aid in the boat, (a local request from the Harbourmaster), wearing of a life jacket is a personal choice but they must be worn  if instructed to do so by the cox.
• Cox must wear a mask type of covering to the nose and mouth and either sunglasses, goggles or a clear visor when facing the stroke; Coxes invited to procure their personal visors.
Rowing: Rowing to a venue/stop must not include any position changes.
Please do not turn around in the boat to speak to the person behind you and do not shout at any time
• If the cox/crew chooses to change positions at a venue/stop, then the oars must be washed.
• When rowing, VHF radios will be used by the cox as normal: Channel 8 boat to boat; Channel 14 for the harbourmaster and Channel 16 for the Coastguard.
On returning to Langstone the boat, gates; oars & footrests will be washed down with salt water and detergent.
• Social Distancing should be observed on recovery;
• Please do not pick up other people’s belongings for them these can be left in the boat until it is in the boatpark
• Putting covers in the boats to be done by the same crew team, and care taken when passing straps under the boats;
• Dollies used to recover the boats cleaned and covers washed down when finished;
• Radios wiped with detox spray;
• Sanitise hands before leaving boat park
• Please pay pin money online. We are asking that you pay £10 which covers 5 rows and keep track of when your next payment is due.
How to pay
By Bank Transfer to Langstone Cutters; Sort Code 40-23-20; Account 81341944.
Please make the Reference PIN and your FULL NAME;