Llandaff Rowing Club

Founded 1946

Covid-19 Update

Dear All

Following the relaxation of restrictions by Welsh Government, I am pleased to announce that the club gyms will be available to members from Saturday 5 September, subject to some restrictions to reduce the risks of coronvirus.

I have attached written guidance which sets out the rules that must be followed when using the upstairs or downstairs gym. Please read this document in full before booking your first gym session.

Gym phase returning

As I’m sure you are aware, indoor training presents a higher risk of virus transmission that outdoor training. The committee have tried to put in place a system to reduce the risk to an acceptable level. However, no one should feel compelled to use the gyms if they do not feel comfortable doing so.

As with river sessions, it is necessary to restrict the number of people in the gyms any one time. We also need to know who is at the club in case we need to help with contact tracing. Therefore, you will need to book a gym session in advance. The upstais gym will hold a maximum of 14 people (6 ergos, 5 spin bikes, 3 running/cross-training machines). The downstairs gym can only hold a maximum of 8 people.

An updated booking sheet is available on this link:


Water Sessions, remain the same with single sculls, with an introduction to doubles/pairs. I have updated the guidance and FAQs to try to explain how this will work. Please read this document, even if you have already read the previous versions as we have had to make many important changes. These will affect you even if you have your own boat.

An updated booking sheet is available on this link:

COVID 19 Risk Assessment initial return to rowing

Phased Return for Gym and Water sessions FAQs

Phased Return Members Guidance 29 June

Booking club boats/blades
As well as booking a time slot you must now book a club single (or state that you are using your own private scull) on the booking sheet. There are 14 club singles available. I have provided a list on the booking sheet (see the worksheet named Club boats list) which describes the boats available, their weight, location and suitability for different scullers.

Each boat will be matched with two sets of numbered and labelled blades. You can use either set but if one set has just been used during the previous time slot I recommend you use the unused set. This is just to reduce the risk of cross contamination through the blade handles.

Don’t forget to record your actual times of arrival and departure AFTER your session.

Supervised junior sessions
Our junior members are competent scullers but they must be supervised at all times for safety and welfare reasons. To help the junior coaches manage their time, the committee has decided to set aside time for supervised junior sessions.  This is the only way that we can make sure juniors can row safely without placing unfeasible time demands on junior coaches.

We’re giving this a go this weekend and will see how it works. The committee will decide if we need to change anything once we gain some more experience of running the system.

Vice-captains, Ollie and Rachel, are looking into arranging supervised sessions for novices and those seniors and masters who are not confident in single sculls. We’ll let you know when we are able to arrange this.

Boat repairs
If you see anything that is broken and needs repaired please let me, Rachel or Ollie know so we can ask Jamie to fix it. Please don’t leave it to the next person to sort out.

If you have any questions then please let me, the VCs  or one of the GMC know.


On behalf or the GMC and Rowing sub-committee