Posted: 23 October 2023

We are pleased to announce the publication and launch of RowSafe Scotland.  For many years Scottish Rowing has provided safety guidance to its members and clubs through the Water Safety Code.  That Code served its purpose but there has been a growing need to provide more comprehensive and up to date guidance that is aligned to that provided by British Rowing.  As a consequence the Board of Scottish Rowing has approved the issue of RowSafe Scotland which replaces the Water Safety Code with effect from 1 January 2024. 

RowSafe Scotland provides safety advice to rowers, clubs, competition organisers and everyone else associated with the sport of rowing in Scotland.  It is based upon and incorporates the majority of the content of the RowSafe document produced by British Rowing with adaptations made to reflect the different structures of rowing in England and Scotland.  The key principle is that wherever you row within the UK the expectations placed upon you should be as seamless as possible and future versions of RowSafe and RowSafe Scotland will remain aligned wherever practicable.  

RowSafe Scotland provides general guidance on safe practice in rowing and related activities.  It remains the responsibility of each club to maintain up-to-date risk assessments and define and monitor its own safety practices, guidance and procedures specific to its environment and activities.  

RowSafe Scotland can be accessed via the Scottish Rowing website HERE and clubs are encouraged to familiarise themselves with its content ahead of the withdrawal of the Water Safety Code at the end of December.

To help you navigate this transition, Martin Claxton, Scottish Rowing’s Safety Adviser will be available online to take any questions you may have on the 26th October 2023 or the 7th November 2023, both at 7pm.  You can register for the session of your choice below. 

26th October 

7th November