RRC to reopen from midday Friday 30 October 2020 – Updated 26 November 2020

RRC have set out the following guidelines that must be observed by all members who choose to row/attend the club from 26 November 2020 until updated, a failure to follow these guidelines could result in fines to the individual and club, but would lead the Committee to consider ceasing members ability to row until we are comfortable the guidelines can be met by all.

RRC Requirements for a safe return to rowing:

  • RRC members can only attend designated RRC sessions – MLC is our tenant and a valuable partner of RRC, we have agreed designated time RRC and MLC will hold sessions. Should session allocations/attendance at the club not be followed, breaches of the headcount limit within the Government regulations could result. See below for session allocation times that must be adhered to.
  • Do not enter the club until your designated session time
  • Social distancing must be maintained including keeping 1.5 meters apart, not congregating within or outside of the shed. There should be no physical greetings, high 5’s, spitting etc.
  • Frequent hand washing and good hygiene is requirement to be observed – wash/sanitise hands before and after each session, couch/sneeze in the crook of the elbow, avoid touching face or surfaces if not required, follow hygiene signs within club
  • There will be no indoor activities at the club, the gym, kitchen, main hall and classroom remain closed and gathering in the club will not be permitted.
  • Toilet access is available (preferred downstairs to limit upstairs club access), change room access is available, however showers are not allowed to be used. The change rooms are small and have limited headcount access. It is advised to dress for training before arriving at the club. Valuables should be left at home in case change room access is difficult. There should be no shared items of kit, including towels, drink bottles or spanners – please bring drink bottles filled from home prior to your session.
  • On water training sessions will be limited to 35 rowers – See below for rostering and sign up arrangements to enable this on a fair basis. It will not be possible to turn up to the club to row without signing up in advance so the 35 person limit is not exceeded. Private boats will not be in excess of this number, the 35 person limit and rostering/sign up requirements will be across the club whether using club or private equipment. Coaches, tradesmen and cleaners are in addition to this 35 person limit, however they can not be present in the boat bays such that the headcount limit is exceeded for the space.
  • Members are limited to one sessions per day – we will continue to revisit this based on demand
  • All boat types are now allowed to be used. All members must sign up on sportsnoticeboard and sign out in the boat sign out sheet to track attendance and boat usage should contact tracing be required.
  • Athletes to wear masks at all times except when on the water – masks to be worn around the club, rigging and cleaning etc. Masks to be removed when on water only. On the water, masks should be stored securely and kept dry (eg zip lock bag). Rowers should bring a spare mask in case of issues.
  • Coxswains to wear masks at all times, in addition face shields to be required for stern coxed boats – regular coxswains will be provided with a named kit for their personal use, including face shield; headset etc.
  • All equipment must be thoroughly washed – following the guidance posters in the boat shed for cleaning of boats, oars etc.
  • Members are required to clean frequently touched club fixtures at the end of the session. Whilst we engage paid cleaners, we cannot have them present multiple times a day, members are therefore required to clean frequently touched fixtures – detailed guidance on items to be cleaned is attached to this email.
  • Every session is required to have a safety officer to oversee these requirements – this role will be taken on by a coach if present, if not the first person to sign up to a session (see below) will act as the safety officer. All members who agree to row must be willing to take on this role so the club can demonstrate its compliance, if not please do not attend the training session. The RRC Safety Officer Checklist is attached.
  • If you are unwell or display any symptoms you must not attend the club to train. Members should consider their own wellbeing and that of others when considering whether to row. By attending and signing out a boat you are confirming you do not feel unwell and are not displaying any COVID-19 symptoms. If you have a positive test in relation to COVID-19 please let the Committee know immediately so we can assess any possible contact with club members and we may take appropriate action regarding club facilities.
  • If you have a positive test in relation to COVID-19 please let the Committee know immediately so we can assess your contact with club members and take appropriate action regarding club facilities.

Rostering and sign up requirements

  • So we can adhere to limiting training sessions to 35 people and limit cross over of members between sessions the following applies:
  • Sessions will be 2 hours in length, however they will be scheduled in 2.5 hour blocks to allow for no cross over of members, therefore sessions should finish 2 hours after start time i.e. 6am session starts at 6am and finished at 8am.
  • Sign up is required by sportsnoticeboard. We have created 35 sign ups in the “Club Resources” called “COVID Training Session #01, COVID Training Session #02……” . Book one of these 35 Club Resources in the name of the person rowing for the session you are planning to attend, also book the boat you plan to row (if it is a private boat only book one of the 35 Club Resources. Once these 35 Club Resources are booked the session is full.
  • The first person to sign up must sign up as “COVID Training Session #01” and take on the role of the safety officer (see above). Signing up as a later number to avoid this role is not appropriate, should you see this occur please advise the individual and the Committee so this can be rectified.
  • If you do not have a Club Resource booked for a session do not turn up hoping to row (or for any other purpose) – you will be breaching the Victorian Government guidelines and putting our ability to operate as a club at risk.
  • In order to maintain equity across the club membership, each member is limited to 1 session per day. We will review this based on demand. If you can row during the day Monday to Friday we ask that you consider this so provide greater access to all members.
  • Completion of the boat sign out sheet at the club is also required to manage on water safety requirements

Ergo usage on the deck at the club

  • 8 ergo’s will be available for use at the club
  • The ergo’s are only to be used at the club at an RRC session time when there is no function on at the club
  • They must be booked in advance on sportstnoticeboard using your contact details for contact tracing (they are in excess of the 35 on water headcount above). When booking the ergs please allow 15 minutes after you plan to finish to clean and return the erg to the main hall so another booking does not clash.
  • They are to be used on the deck only, facing the river in 2 lines of 4. A 1.5 meter distance between any point of the erg must be maintained at all times. Space should be allowed to move the ergs around at the end of the session if other people are still using them without coming within 1.5 meters of the other ergs.
  • Ergs are to be stored in the main hall, moved onto the deck and returned to the main hall. When setting up for functions caterers will store the ergs in the gym during functions
  • Cleaning instructions are provided near the ergs with appropriate cleaning products, please follow the cleaning instructions before and after each session
  • Any coaching is to be 1.5 meters away from all athletes using ergs, coaches should not touch the athelete or the erg. 

Designated on water session times

Monday, Tuesday and Friday

  • RRC will train from the club at all other times
  • MLC will train from the club from 3.45 to 6.45pm
  • RRC will therefore have session slots at 6am, 8.30am, 11am, 1.30pm and 6.45pm (sessions are 2.5 hours to allow 2 hours of training/cleaning from the start time, then a change over buffer)


  • MLC will train from the club from 3.45 to 6.15pm
  • RRC will have session slots at 6am, 8.30am, 11am, 1.30pm and 6.15pm (note this last session has been negotiated earlier for RRC crews used to training at that time)
  • The session at 6am will be split between Learn to Row (5 rowers) and RRC (30 rowers)


  • RRC will have sole use of the club as this is a key training day for us historically
  • RRC will therefore have session slots at 6am, 8.30am, 11am, 1.30pm, 4pm and 6.30pm 


  • MLC will train from the club until 1pm
  • RRC will train from the club at all other times  
  • RRC will therefore have session slots at 1.30pm, 4pm and 6.30pm  


  • RRC will have sole use of the club as this is a key training day for us historically
  • RRC will therefore have session slots at 6am, 8.30am, 11am, 1.30pm, 4pm and 6.30pm  
  • The session at 1.30pm will be split between Learn to Row (5 rowers) and RRC (30 rowers)
  • The session at 4pm will be split between Learn to Row (5 rowers) and RRC (30 rowers)
6:00-8.15 amRRCRRCLearn to Row (5)/ RRC (30)RRCRRCMLCRRC
11:00 am – 1.15pmRRCRRCRRCRRCRRCMLC until 1pmRRC
1:30 – 3:30pmRRCRRCRRCRRCRRCRRCLearn to Row (5)/ RRC (30)
3:45 – 6.30 pmMLCMLCMLC to 6.15pm onlyRRC from 4pmMLCRRC from 4pmLearn to Row (5)/ RRC (30) from 4pm
6.45 – 9:00pmRRCRRCRRC from 6.15pmRRC from 6.30pmRRCRRC from 6.30pmRRC from 6.30pm

All members must follow these guidelines, if not we will be required to close the club. We will regularly review the guidelines and provide updates where appropriate.

Sessions will not be allocated to squads for coaching purposes given the limited number of rowers and rowing sessions available.


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