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Cygnet

Established 1890 | Affiliated to British Rowing and CSSC

Cygnet

Current Safety Notices

Swimming in the river
20th June 2017

Transiting Richmond Weir
13th June 2017

High tide clarification
25th May 2017

PLA Notices to Mariners - Upper River Notices

U6 of 2017
Horse Reach to Mortlake Reach - Temporary Water Quality Monitoring Buoys

U5 of 2017
Richmond Lock & Weir Draw Off 2017 - Weirs Open 29th October to 19th November

U3 of 2017
Cross Deep to Woolwich Reach (Upper) - Traditional Rowing Events in London 2017

Capsize Drill

It is a requirement of the club rules that all members are able to swim and must undertake a Capsize Drill and Swim Test within their first season at that club. 

In conjunction with BBLRC, Cygnet arrange at least one drill per year, sometimes two if there is sufficient demand. These drills are carried out in the controlled environs of a local swimming pool, under the instruction of a qualified coach and according to the British Rowing RowSafe Guidance.

Capsize drill
You will be first shown the drill then have to demonstrate:

  • capsizing a single scull, 
  • escaping from the boat 
  • using the boat as a buoyancy aid by getting on top of the upturned hull.

Swim test
In light clothing / rowing kit, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • swimming at least 50m
  • treading water for 2 minutes
  • swimming at least 5m underwater

Anybody who fails to complete the swim test should wear a pfd at all times while afloat. Rowing specific pdfs are available to buy at the members own expense.

Rowers who join Cygnet from other clubs will not have to re-take the test/drill. However they must satisfactorily prove that they have done it previously elsewhere. It is recommended that all members take the test/drill a minimum of every 5 years.

Check the Rowing event calendar for the next capsize drill

capsize drill


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