Rowing in the Dark
Rowing in the dark is defined as any outing that takes place before sunrise or after sunset.
• Outings must be with the knowledge and express permission of the captain.
• A thorough risk assessment must be carried out before each outing, paying particular attention to
the weather and stream conditions.
• Casual, ‘scratch’ and novice outings will not be approved; rowing in the dark is only permissible for
training crews of intermediate level and above.
• Boats must comply with the PLA rules of a static white light at the stern and a flashing white light on the bow. Both light together should provide 360°visibilty.
• All oarspeople should wear light coloured or reflective clothing to improve visibility.
• Cox’s and steers people must be familiar with the Teddington to Richmond stretch.
• All outings must be accompanied by a launch (see exceptions below).
• Outings should not proceed above Teddington Lock or below Richmond Lock
Outings unaccompanied by a launch are subject the following guidelines, in addition to those set out above.
• Only senior, experienced crews may row in the dark without a launch in attendance.
• Having assessed conditions, all members of the crew must be comfortable with the proposition of
rowing in the dark without a launch and should not be coerced into an outing against their better
• If there is more than one crew out then they should not consider racing against each other without
a launch in attendance to provide additional lookout.