Safety and Welfare:

HSOBC Safety: This water safety code has been written in conjunction with the British Rowing Water Safety Code and the Thames Regional Safety Code. All coaches, staff and pupils part of Headington School Oxford Boat Club must abide by the HSOBC water safety guidelines. If a HSOBC crew is rowing on the Tideway, all crews need to follow the Tideway Code. Note: The most important rule of rowing: If you fall in, stay with your boat. If it is unbearably cold, get on top of your overturned boat.  All rowers and coaches must read the HSOBC boating safety code. The following British Rowing Row Safe are in place at HSOBC. 

UK Rowing and Safety

Risk Assessments

British Rowing Links

Port Authority of London BoathouseRowing (on red & amber flag) BR Documents Row Safe
Tideway Navigation Races & training at other venues BR Water Safety Code
Capsize Drill Coach travel & Minibus travel  BR Membership Benefits
BR Welfare Policy Running, Gym & Ergo Room BR Membership Insurance

HSOBC Club Welfare: HSOBC follows British Rowing's Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy. All coaches undergo a DBS check and those who row for GB will only be coached by those who have undertaken the GB CRB / DBS checks.

Christopher Hermes is the Water Safety Officer.

Important links and guidelines: - Beginners - Junior Rowing - Indoor rowing - Weather and the environment - Cold water Immersion and hypothermia - Water-born Infectious Diseases - Sun and heat stroke


Please see the guidance from British Rowing regarding what you can or cannot take for medical reasons. Please do not self medicate without contacting a doctor and notifying your coach and/or someone on the GB parthway. All members of British Rowing are subject to testing by UK Anti-Doping.