Policies & Guidelines
COVID – 19 & Hygiene
With the arrival of COVID-19, the BSRA is conscious of each school applying new hygiene measures should rowing be able to resume.
The return to rowing will require the adoption of practices to mitigate transmission of the virus. Each BSRA school will have policies and procedures to implement practices and each rowing facility will need to consider how to adapt the practices in the most effective way in relation to our sport.
The Queensland Government – A step-down approach to COVID-19
The Australian Sports Commission has delivered this information –
Rowing Queensland are currently (12 May 2020) updating their guidelines for a return to rowing and seeking approval from Queensland Health. These guidelines will be available here directly and should provide useful detail in your planning.
This list of considerations is relevant to training and can be updated and expanded to detail a competition environment should the decision be made by the Board to resume the season:
- List the various demographics that enter your rowing facility and keep an accurate attendance roll
- List everything they are likely to touch
- Then list ways to mitigate the transference of the virus in each of these cases
- Think of implementing a requirement for the flu shot for all your athletes
- Have your rowers sign up to the Covid-19 tracing app
- Design separate entry and exit points for the facility including showers, bathrooms, kitchen etc
- Limit the number of people that assemble in groups
- Keep the coaches at a distance to the rowers before the row and post. Debriefing conducted 2 metres apart
- Get the girls to take the tinnies to the water and bring them back. That is, do not have overlap in the demographics that have certain roles
- Make sure the girls bring their own socks, wash their Zooties after EVERY row, dip their handles in disinfectant as well as scrupulously wash inside and outside the boat after each session
- No communal breakfast – take away only
- Cleaners arranged after each session to wipe everything down that you have identified as important
- Parent helpers must be briefed. Spontaneous helpers arriving must be discouraged as they will not have been briefed
- Parents must understand that if they have no specific role to play at the rowing shed they are (under these circumstances) not welcomed on the premise
- Each person’s presence at the rowing facility must be accounted for and dealt with in view to cancelling any potential contamination for subsequent sessions.
Incidents at a Regatta
- First Aid is handled by the contracted supplier (usually 1300-Medics). There are two Advance Life Support attendees and two Basic life support attendees. (One of each on both headlands.)
- If a medical emergency is activated, the RQ Regatta Referee will inform the BSRA EO ASAP.
- The EO will inform the relevant school coordinator.
- The First Aid contractor in the normal procedure will write up a report post regatta. This is given to RQ and shared with the BSRA by Tuesday 5pm following the regatta.
- An incident report form would be submitted by the EO for serious incidents and submitted to RQ for clarification of the incident while waiting for the First Aid report.
- Incident Report Form for regattas. Regatta Incident Report Form.
- Definition of ‘serious’ – where common sense dictates that follow up is sought/required.
- EO submit RQ findings/outcome/recommendation to the School Principal, Head of Sport and the Rowing Coordinator as well as follow up enquiries of the injured/sick party.
Sun Protection Policy
Each BSRA school has independent guidelines to address sun protection for their participants.. Each school is therefore expected to operate within their guidelines.
The BSRA has complementary guidelines here:
- The wearing of caps or visors during racing as a sun smart practice is highly recommended.
- The wearing of shirts under the zootie is an individual preference or dictated by the school.
- Uniform rules in the sport allow the sleeve length to vary but should more than one member of the crew choose to wear one, it must be a consistent colour.
- Particular attention to appropriate clothing is in consideration for both warmth and sun exposure.
- Where the competition uniform does not provide adequate sun protection, participants are reminded to apply SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen to all exposed skin and wear covered clothing whilst participating in the sport.
- If sunglasses are worn, they should meet the Australian standard (ASNZS 1067:2016).
- When not actively rowing or between individual events, participants are able to rest in shaded areas/school tent for shelter.
The BSRA season is in the autumn and winter months and therefore reaching high temperatures to the extent that it compromises competition is very unlikely.
Guidelines from Education Queensland:
If the ambient temperature is between 31 and 35 degrees Celsius and the relative humidity is over 50 per cent, there is a high to very high risk of heat illness. Planned vigorous, sustained physical activity should be limited in intensity or duration to less than 60 minutes per session.
If the ambient temperature is over 36 degrees Celsius and the relative humidity is over 30 per cent, there is an extreme risk of heat illness. Planned vigorous, sustained physical activity should be postponed to a cooler part of the day or even cancelled.
Our regattas are conducted with a Regatta Committee. Rowing Queensland is part of this committee, their heat policy is here Rowing Queensland Heat Policy
Filming & Photography Guidelines
Each BSRA school is expected to operate within their individual school guidelines. In addition, the BSRA requests cooperation with the following:
- At all times, the BSRA has discretion in relation to filming and photography. Any person acting inappropriately in the opinion of the BSRA may be directed to cease taking photographs/film, may have his/her recording device confiscated while onsite at the event or may be asked to leave the event venue
- Filming or photography of rowers/students for private domestic purposes is only permitted where:
- Unrelated people (those people peripheral to the main reason you are filming or photographing) in the pictures are unrecognisable and their image is not shared.
- Photos or films that are shared on social media have the consent of those featured in the film or photograph. (Where a rower/student is under 18, their parent or guardian provides express consent)
The BSRA has provided its express consent to the proposed filming/photography produced where;
- You acknowledge that, any footage taken is for private domestic purposes only
- You and your school, and other guests are strictly prohibited from taking any photographs, still images, sound recordings, visual footage, audio-visual footage and any other reproductions in connection with the event that contravene the guidelines of your collective schools or are for commercial purposes
- Filming and photography are strictly prohibited in private areas including toilets/change rooms
- DRONES – Rowing Queensland (RQ) does not permit drones at their venue during racing. Any use of drones outside of racing is with the express permission of RQ, the Boat Race Officials and the BSRA. Racing will be stopped should a drone be present.
Civil Aviation and Safety Authority rules for flying in public spaces are here
Rowing Australia guidelines are here