The safety guidance and procedures stated in these pages are for the use of Borth Rowing Club members using our Celtic Longboats and Rowing Grebe, the club accepts no responsibility for any actions taken by anyone else using the information provided. Last updated 4 May 2014.

Club Safety Procedures

Night time rowing procedures


Launching the Celtic Longboat

Do Not Launch:

  1. In fog
  2. In extremely poor visibility (except at night, and then only if darkness is the only factor).
  3. When Winds are Force 6 or above.
  4. When the Surf is over 3 feet in the launching area.
  5. In Lightning or Electric storms. Return to shore if a Lightning/Electric Storm starts.

Ensure that these safety steps are undertaken and that a responsible club member has deemed it safe to row:

  1. Wind, Swell, Surf and Weather Forecasts have been reviewed, and are suitable for the experience of the crew.
  2. Tide Times are appropriate. Launching in the Leri should be timed to coincide with the three hours around high-tide.
  3. In adverse conditions Lifejackets are worn as the outer layer of clothing at all times.
  4. A VHF Radio is to be carried at all times in the Dry Bag.
  5. Each crew member is appropriately dressed.
  6. Each crew member is fit and healthy enough to perform their functions safely.
  7. Someone on shore is aware of when the boat is due to return.
  8. When dark a Navigation Light is aboard and operational.
  9. When dark a hand held GPS is aboard and operational.

When launching the boat the following checks must be undertaken:

  1. The Boat's Hull is sound and the Buoyancy chambers are secure.
  2. The Bung is attached and secure.
  3. The Hand Pump is operational.
  4. The Bailer is attached to the boat.
  5. Five lifejackets are carried on board. Non-competent swimmers must wear a lifejacket at all times.
  6. The Dry Bag contains the First Aid Kit.
  7. The Dry Bag contains five Thermal Blankets.
  8. The Rudder is attached and operational.

Procedures at the Ynyslas Boatyard


  1. Ensure there are at least 4 people available to carry the boat during launching.
  2. When using the top boat 10 people must be available to carry the boat during launching.
  3. Use the trolley to wheel the boat down the slipway. If the trolley is not functional use the trailer on, if there are sufficient individuals, the boat may be carried.
  4. The Slipway can be slippery, so wear suitable foot ware and take care.
  5. Chock the trolley/trailer wheels before moving the boat. Always have 2 crew hold the trolley/trailer until it is chocked.
  6. Launch Stern first and keep the boat straight whilst removing from the trolley/trailer.
  7. Remove the trolley/trailer and Chocks from the slipway before boarding the boat.
  8. Board one crew member at a time, in the order Cox, Stroke, 2, 3, Bow.
  9. Bow rower should remain ashore to hold the boat, avoiding damage on the concrete slipway, until Stroke, 2 and 3 are ready to row.
  10. Once Bow is aboard Stroke and 2 can Back the boat off the slipway.


  1. Return to the Slipway facing upstream and Bow first.
  2. Bow pair should stop rowing and ship oars.
  3. Bow to prepare to jump out and hold the boat.
  4. Stern pair continue rowing and prepare to hold up the boat, to avoid damage on the concrete slipway.
  5. Ship oars and disembark one at a time.
  6. When using one boat the Cox should hold the boat whilst the crew fetch the trolley/trailer down the slipway.
  7. Chock the trolley/trailer wheels before moving the boat. Always have 2 crew hold the trailer until it is chocked.
  8. Get the boat aligned with the trolley/trailer and keep the boat straight whilst lifting on to the trolley/trailer.
  9. Push the trolley/trailer up the slipway and back into its storage position.
  10. Remove all Chocks from the slipway so as not to leave tripping hazards for other users.
  11. When using the top boat 10 people must be available to carry the boat during recovery.

Procedures at Borth Beach


  1. Ensure there are at least 5 people available to trolley the boat during launching.
  2. When using the top boat 10 people must be available to carry the boat during launching.
  3. Tow the trailer to the RNLI Slipway and take the boat(s) off the trailer and onto the trolley.
  4. The trolley should be used to tranport the boat down the slipway and on to the beach.
  5. All crew should prepare their seat positions and attach the oars whilst on the beach.
  6. The crew should stand opposite their oars and place the oar handle under the gunwale in such a way as to give them room to board the boat.
  7. Once the Cox decides that it is safe to launch the crew should lift the boat and Launch Bow first.
  8. Once the boat is floating knee deep the Bow pair should board and immediately prepare to row.
  9. Once the Stern pair are knee deep they should board and immediately prepare to row.
  10. The Cox should hold the boat, maintaining it straight into the waves, but should board as soon as possible.
  11. As soon as the Cox boards everyone must start rowing.
  12. Rowers should take short sharp strokes and row without any interruption until the boat is clear of the breaking waves.
  13. The longer the boat is exposed in the breaking waves the more risk, so all the actions must be performed quickly.
  14. Once clear of the waves, the crew can make any final adjustments.


  1. Cox should identify a safe point on the beach, and line up to approach Bow first and perpendicular to the waves.
  2. Rowers should take shorter strokes as they approach the breaking waves, raise the rate and prepare to sprint into the beach. It is important that catches and finishes are together to avoid turning the boat.
  3. Stroke should advise Cox of the position of the boat against the waves to maintain a perpendicular angle to the waves.
  4. All Rowers should follow stroke to lift the speed of the boat to try to match the speed of the breaking wave behind the boat. The aim is to outrun the breaking wave.
  5. Continue rowing until the boat hits the sand of the beach.
  6. Once ashore, the cox will give the command to step smartly from the boat, opposite your oar, being aware that the boat will rise up as others step out at the same time.
  7. Pick the boat up and lift it onto the sand.
  8. In the event that the boat catches a wave and surfs, all rowers should sky their oars on Cox's command, putting their hands down to their feet position.
  9. In the event that the boat turns and is broadside to the wave, all crew should lean to the wave side of the boat and keep oars as clear of the water as possible.
  10. In the extreme event that the boat starts to roll-over, crew should exit the boat, opn the Cox's command, towards the sea (rather than the shore) as the boat will continue towards the shore.
  11. Once fully ashore the trolley should be used to recover the boat and take it up the slipway to the trailer.
  12. Get the boat aligned with the trailer and keep the boat straight whilst lifting on to the trailer.
  13. When using the top boat 10 people must be available to carry the boat during recovery.


For information about launching from Ynyslas Boatyard contact Lloyd on : 07795 097869.

The following is a brief map of the Leri and Ynyslas Estuary Launching and Landing in the Leri it is for guidance of Borth Rowing Club coxes and does not provide definitive information about the shifting sands and tidal flows in the Estuary. The Club accepts no responsibility for anyone else using this information.


Borth Rowing Club currently has four British Rowing Level 2 qualified Rowing Coaches. These Coaches and other members, under the overall supervision of the qualified coaches, are able to provide a high standard of Rowing coaching. The club undertakes that all Beginners and Juniors will receive adequate coaching to ensure that the risk of injury caused by poor posture or performing unsuitable tasks is minimised.

Avoid Collisions


Members should report all missing items, signs of wear or damage to the Club Captains.


Members should approach the Club Welfare Officer in confidence and report any concerns they have regarding bullying, intimidation, harassment, the use of unsafe practices and/or unsafe behaviour by any other member.

The Welsh Sea Rowing Association publishes Child protection advice on their website.

First Aid

The club has a number of qualified First Aiders

Please report to one of these any incidents that require first aid treatment.

A limited first aid bag is carried in each of the Celtic Longboats.


All incidents must be recorded in the Club Incident Log, the club Chairman holds the incident log. After recording the incident you must advise the Club Captain of the log entry.

Club Safety Audits

The Club performs a Safety Audit each year and is constantly reviewing and updating its safety procedures.

Coastal Location Risk Assessments

The Club performs a Risk Assessments each year on the locations from which it launches.

Club Trailer Towing Procedures

British Rowing Trailer Towing Guidance

  1. Fuel up before you go as refueling is difficult.
  2. Check the state and inflation of the tyres.
  3. Ensure the boat is secure.
  4. Carry only the oars and tiller in the boat.
  5. Check that the tailboard lights are working.
  6. Observe a 50 mph Maximum speed.
  7. Don't travel alone with the trailer.

Emergency Contacts

In the event of emergency call '999'.

ask for HM Coastguard if on the water

or Ambulance if on land.

For General enquiries call HM Coastguard, Milford Haven Tel : 01646 690909

The nearest Public Telephone to the Ynyslas Boatyard is situated at the T-Junction in Ynyslas, opposite the Bus Stop and Car Park entrance.

General Safety Contacts

HM Coastguard Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre at Milford Haven - HM Coastguard, Gorsewood Drive, Hakin, Milford Haven, Pemrokeshire, SA73 3HB. 01646 690909

You can find a lot of Sea Safety information on the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Maritime and Coastguard Agency websites.

Our local RNLI Station is Borth : Borth Lifeboat Station website or RNLI Borth website Tel : 01970 871746

The local hospital is Bronglais General Hospital in Aberystwyth. Tel : 01970 623131

The local Doctor's Surgery is Borth Surgery. Tel : 01970 871475

See also British Rowing's British Rowing RowSafe

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