The recent media generated by the rescue operation of the FISA Recreational Tour boat group was a timely reminder to us all of the importance of safety on the water.
Safety has become an increasingly important issue in sport and in our daily lives. Rowing is a very safe sport when conducted with due consideration for the risks inherently associated with any outdoor water sport. The Rowing Ireland website link below will provide guidance and direction on safety protocols to rowing clubs affiliated to Rowing Ireland and to organisers of rowing events under the auspices of Rowing Ireland. The document contains best practice guidelines for clubs and event organisers.
All decisions regarding safety at rowing clubs and rowing events should be based on risk management as no safety document can possibly cover all situations. By continually assessing likely risks and taking action to manage them, some generalised standards can be developed, enabling us to provide guidance on how to avoid and take action regarding unforeseen hazardous situations.
The key elements in a risk management process are; a balanced assessment of risks in advance, the communication to club or competition members on how to take action to limit these risks and direction on how to cope with hazards when they occur. A policy of risk management also requires a review of system failures and any necessary re-shaping of guidance and rules in the light of the experience gained.
All clubs have a responsibility to provide information, education and training about safety to their members. Individual members also have a responsibility to find out, learn, question and implement safety best practice. Having safety in mind at all times is an important part of what it means to be a club member.
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