Supervision of juniors
There are three particularly important points in the Junior Supervision Policy:
- Juniors can only attend the Club during specific, published, junior sessions.
- Sessions will only go ahead if there are at least two adults, one of whom is DBS cleared, to supervise.
- We will never communicate directly with juniors without including their parents.
We aim to maintain an open and honest dialogue with juniors and their families. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns about junior rowing then please do not hesitate to raise them with myself or our Club Welfare Officer, who is responsible for all child welfare and safeguarding issues at the Club.
We take water safety very seriously so, in preparation for water-based sessions, each junior should attend a capsize drill, in order to learn the correct procedures should a boat capsize and to increase their confidence on the water. If this is not possible then each junior must complete a capsize drill before going afloat in a fine single boat. In addition, a fully equipped coaching launch with a qualified driver will be on the water during all junior sessions on the river. Although we encourage juniors to improve their techniques, fitness and stamina we will not push anyone beyond their ability.
In order to cater for the wide range of age, experience, ability and commitment our junior rowers are placed into one of three groups. Juniors with little or no experience of rowing will initially be placed into a Learn to Row (LTR) group, which will be supervised by a qualified Junior Coach. Having completed an LTR Course, or having been assessed as competent by a Junior Coach, juniors will join a Development Group (DG). For those with the time and inclination to commit fully to rowing we also have Enhanced Training Groups (ETG) which train more often and more intensively. Rowing is a complex sport and progression is dependent on a number of factors including the level to which an individual wishes to row competitively or recreationally. We also understand that as the external demands on a junior’s time varies they may wish to reduce or increase their commitment. Consequently, a junior can expect to move between groups a number of times during their time with the DRC.