Rules and liability

In joining Glasgow Coastal Rowing Club [GCRC] or participating in any club activity as a guest or visitor you understand, acknowledge and accept the following:

Additional rules during Covid-19 pandemic

It remains important that we continue to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our members and the general public. Make sure you’re aware of current Scottish Government Guidance and please follow these rules:

Before your session

  1. If you are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19 DO NOT COME TO THE SESSION.  Please cancel your booking or let the skipper know: email
  2. Take a lateral flow test before coming to the session. If the result is positive do not come to the session.
  3. Bring your own sanitising gel to clean hands before and after handling equipment.
  4. Bring your own lifejacket if you have one.

On the pontoon

  1. While face coverings are not mandated outdoors it’s sensible to wear one when within two metres of other crew, ie on the pontoon and when embarking and disembarking.
  2. Each crew member will collect their own oar and place it across the boat, taking their designated seat at the skipper’s instruction. 

On the skiff

  1. Face coverings should be worn until everyone is seated on the boat and ready to row. It is then discretionary as to whether crew remove them.
  2. The cox should wear face covering during the session. 

On return to the pontoon

  1. Crews must wash/sanitise their hands before leaving the pontoon
  2. The skipper will organise cleaning and stowing of equipment after the session: crew members may assist. 

General rules for participating in club activities

  1. Take care when walking on the pontoons: the water is dangerous.
  2. A suitable life vest must be donned on arrival on the pontoon and worn at all times on the pontoon and while in the skiff. Members may use their own life vest but club officials will advise on suitability. Please read the life vest guidelines.
  3. Use of the skiff(s) and equipment is entirely at your own risk.
  4. You must be physically fit and capable of taking part in the sport of coastal rowing.
  5. It is your responsibility to communicate any medical, physical and psychological concerns that might conflict with participation in the activity.
  6. Use of GCRC skiff(s) and equipment may expose you to inherent risks, including accidents and injury.
  7. You assume all risk of injuries associated with participation including, but not limited to, falls, contact with other participants, and all other such risks being known and appreciated.
  8. Agree, for yourself and anyone entitled to act on your behalf, to HOLD HARMLESS, WAIVE AND RELEASE GCRC, its trustees, officers, representatives, and successors from any responsibility, liabilities, demands, or claims of any kind arising out of their participation in the use of GCRC skiffs and equipment.
  9. GCRC does not accept any liability for any damage to or loss of property belonging to members, their guests or visitors.
  10. The Skipper has absolute discretion in deciding whether or not
    • a member is fit to row for whatever reason
    • the weather or tide conditions are safe for rowing
  11. A Skipper may refuse a booking, giving reasons which will be shared with other Skippers and the Committee.
  12. Any member who has concerns about safety or the conduct of other members or skippers should make their concerns known to any committee member.
  13. Rowing is a crew activity.
    • If you book a place and don’t show up you are letting down your fellow crew members and denying other members a chance to row.
    • If you have to cancel please, out of courtesy to fellow members, let the skipper know as soon as possible so that your place can be offered to someone else.
    • The club reserves the right to suspend temporarily any member who persistently fails to turn up without notification.
  14. Treat the boats and equipment as though you have spent many hours making and painting them.
  15. Report any damage to the skipper.


  1. New skippers will be signed off independently by two experienced skippers, one of whom will be a committee member.
  2. Skippers are expected to initiate rowing sessions and invite members to participate. Skippers who have not organised a session for more than six months will asked if they wish to continue in the role.
  3. Skippers are encouraged to ask crew members to cox all or part of the rowing sessions. This allows skippers the chance to row as well as developing other members’ boat handling skills.
  4. Rather than book on another skipper’s rowing session skippers are encouraged to set up another session.
  5. On every rowing session the skipper must:
    1. Check the weather forecast to decide whether it is safe to row
    2. Check the tide
    3. Check sunset time. If departing within two hours of sunset, a torch must be carried (not a head torch) but the skiff must berthed before sunset. Rowing in the dark is expressly forbidden. Early morning rows should not depart the pontoon before official sunrise.
    4. Carry a mobile phone or make sure least one crew member has one.
    5. Check the boat equipment before setting out
    6. Report any damage or missing items by email to
  6. VHF radios. Operation of a VHF radio without a licence is illegal. However, skippers who do not hold a VHF radio licence may carry a club VHF radio to be used only
    1. to alert the coastguard if the skiff or a person is in grave and imminent danger.
    2. at regattas or races: only on the channel designated by the race controller.

Maintenance and working on the pontoon

  1. Working alone is discouraged for safety reasons.
  2. It’s always preferable to work in groups but small shore-based maintenance such as fixing oars, rudders or other ancillary equipment may be undertaken alone.
  3. Any activity that required going near the water must not undertaken alone.
  4. Cleaning pontoon and attempting skiff repairs alone is not allowed.
  5. Never attempt to dislodge debris such as tree branches from the water around the pontoon and clubhouse.
  6. If you are working alone make sure someone close to you knows where you are and when you expect to leave.

Thank you for looking after yourself and our vessels.

Club Constitution