Members should be aware of the Rules of the River and the Water Safety information.  Please read the Water Safety Code below.  Be aware of Row Safe (scroll down page)

The Water Safety Code covers:

• Risk Assessment

• Before boating

• On the water

• Using the launches

• Knowledge base and updates

• Reporting & Water Safety Adviser contact details.

Henley RC Water Safety Code 2017

Visiting crews will be offered a safety briefing to ensure the navigation rules for Henley Reach are followed.

A guideline for volunteers assisting with coaching is here:

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The rule is keep to the right; that is crews (and scullers) proceeding downstream from Henley Bridge to Hambleden Lock keep to the Berks (Clubs) side, and those coming upstream from Hambleden Lock toward the Bridge keep to the Bucks (Town) side. Temple Island is always passed to the right (ie. the island on stroke side).

Crews being overtaken have a duty to stay clear but must take care not to stray into the centre of the river particularly when coming upstream.

Crews should always boat facing upstream and have a duty to avoid those coming downstream.

Particular care must be taken when crossing to and from the Bucks (Town) side to gain access to or leaving club landing stages, and crews coming downstream have right of way at all times.


There are three designated turning areas:

  1. At the New Street Public Slipway
  2. Between the bottom of Temple Island and the Gate
  3. At the 3000 m marker (White Cottage boathouse)

Under no circumstances may crews turn around or below the ‘Danger’ board at Hambleden Lock.

Crews turning, particularly at Temple Island and the New Street slipway, must take care to avoid other boats already on passage, especially those on set work pieces.

There are two designated crossing points:

  1. Upper Thames Rowing Club
  2. Leander Club


Counting from the Berkshire bank crews coming downstream should use arch two and going upstream arch four. The centre arch should always be left clear for cruiser traffic. Crews leaving the Leander raft must always ensure that the river is clear for them to do so and likewise when crossing from the Bucks side to the raft.

See river diagram:


RowSafe: 2018 update has been released

RowSafe provides advice and guidance to help people participate in rowing without putting themselves and others at unacceptable risk.  As a club affiliated to British Rowing we follow the  Rowsafe code

The purpose of RowSafe is to help people participate in rowing without putting themselves and others at unacceptable risk. It makes clear that everyone is expected to take care of their own safety and the safety of others.

Make sure you read the updated guidance to help you to take part in rowing to the best of your abilities.

Updates to RowSafe for the 2018 release address the opportunities for improvement identified by users and the wider community, incorporates the Safety Alerts issued over the past year and extends the scope of RowSafe to include Ocean Rowing.

Other specific updates to RowSafe for 2018 include:

  • Coxes and steers shall keep a good lookout at all times when afloat. Coxes who cannot see directly ahead should enlist the help of members of their crew
  • The forward port and starboard rigger on all boats, other than single sculls, should be protected by a backstay
  • Launch drivers must be at least 18 years old unless accompanied by a responsible adult
  • Event organisers are expected to look after the welfare of umpires and other officials
  • Ensure that all beginner juniors use sculls with appropriate spoon size, blade length and handle size
  • In head races, during cold weather, endeavour to ensure that waiting areas prior to the start are beyond, rather than alongside, the course so that rowers have an opportunity to keep moving and thereby keep warm
  • Coaches are expected to ensure, when indoor rowing, that the rowers adopt good posture and use the correct technique