Boating Rules

This document only covers boating from the London Regatta Centre. Curlew Rowing Club has access to the Thames from the Trafalgar Rowing Centre. However this is only permitted with the prior consent of the Club Captain and if the individual(s) can demonstrate that they are fully conversant with the boating rules that apply to the Thames.


In order to boat with Curlew RC you must be:

  • in good health or have informed the club of any existing medical conditions that might be aggravated by rowing
  • able to swim 100m in light clothing
  • able to tread water for 2 minutes
  • able to swim underwater for 5m.

Weather Conditions

Boating is subject to the following restrictions:

Light                                  Sunrise to sunset

Wind                                 17mph

Visibility                           500m minimum

Water conditions          no white horses


Signing out and in

Before boating, all crews must be signed out at the LRC reception desk. All crews must sign back in on their return.

A mobile phone must be carried in the boat, containing the Airport Rapid Rescue number.

Circulation Pattern

All boats must comply with the circulation pattern set out by the LRC.



Anyone who does not comply with these rules will need to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Club Captain that they understand the rules before they are permitted to boat again.

Boating Protocols

  • NO novice/development crew boats may boat without a captain/coach.
  • NO senior crew boats or scullers may boat unaccompanied (there must be at least two boats on the water or one boat and one person on the bank).
  • (exceptions may be granted by the Club Captain based on the criteria of proficiency and water temperature)
  • All coxes, steers and single scullers must carry a mobile phone with all emergency numbers in a waterproof container attached to their person.
  • If the captain/coach believes there is a high risk of a boat capsizing it may not go beyond the 1500m mark and it must be accompanied at all times.
  • If the captain/coach believes there is a moderate risk of a boat capsizing it may not go beyond the 1000m mark and it must be accompanied at all times.