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What is the Certificate of Watermanship?

The Certificate of Watermanship follows on from the Certificate of Comptency, and is aimed at more experienced rowers and coxswains. It is equivalent to Stage 2 of the Explore Rowing passport.

In certain river conditions, crews may only go afloat if at least one member holds a Certificate of Watermanship.

Like the Certificate of Competency, it has written and practical elements.

Written test

The aim of this is to check your knowledge of the following:

  • Environment Agency river state
  • Navigation rules and hazards on the Weybridge reach
  • Safety procedures for rowing in low light conditons
  • What weather may affect rowing activity and best practice in these situations
  • Name the parts of the stroke
  • Name the various measurements on a boat and how changing them affects stroke and posture
  • How to report an incident
  • Actions in the event of an injury
  • Safety on rowing tours

Our host club, Weybridge, has well-established safety procedures, which members should familiarise themselves with. These include a Safety Booklet, which you should download and read.

You should also read British Rowing's Row Safe guide, especially the page on touring rowing.

Refer to Caroline's Rigging Guide for information on boat measurements.

Once you feel you are ready to take the test,click here.

Practical observation

A coach will observe and check that the member can do the following:

  • Instruct a crew how to lift and launch a boat correctly
  • Assess conditions and determine whether it is safe to boat
  • Carry out boat safety checks
  • Steer the boat and issue appropriate commands
  • Safely cross the Shepperton Weir pool
  • Turn the boat, taking account of wind and current conditions and other river traffic
  • Steer the boat through a lock
  • Row the boat maintaining correct rhythm and ratio
  • Complete a series of technique exercies
  • Steer and turn the boat taking account of wind and current conditions and other river traffic(to be done in a single or double scull or coxless quad)
  • Stop the boat from a brisk pace
  • Capsize drill in a single scull
  • Row the boat through a lock (touring boat)
  • Change places with the cox on the water (touring boat)
All members must perform the coxing part of the test. Those who only cox are not required to do the rowing/sculling part.