SCULLING COURSES TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  1. The Tideway Scullers School ('the Club') courses are organised and run by its members to promote participation in sculling and to support the membership base of the Club.
  2. Athletes enrolling on the sculling courses must complete an introductory membership application form as well as the separate course application form prior to the commencement of the course in order to be able to use club equipment, and be covered by club insurance. Upon receipt of payment of the introductory membership fees, included in the course price, the Club Executive Committee will admit the athlete as a member of the Club for the introductory period, currently three months.
  3. The five-day courses are run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. No accommodation is included in the course fee, but lunch and refreshments will be supplied on all five days. 
  4. All athletes are required to complete and sign the course application and consent form at the time of their application. Parents or guardians of junior athletes (aged 11 to 17) are also required to agree and sign the application and consent form before the applications of juniors can be processed.
  5. All enrolment is at the absolute discretion of the Course Organiser. Participation in the course remains at the absolute discretion of the Course Director.
  6. The Club provides all necessary equipment for training on and off the water, but athletes are welcome to bring their own sculling boats and blades to use on the course.
  7. The tidal Thames can be a dangerous environment if not approached correctly. Safety and navigation are therefore of the utmost importance, and extensively covered in daily briefings. Athletes should, at all times, adhere to the safety instructions given by the coaching team.
  8. The course involves river outings in single sculls. In the course of training, it is fairly common that athletes fall in the water. Athletes are asked to confirm that they can swim a minimum of 200 metres unaided, in light clothing. Athletes are reminded to bring at least one change of clothes each day. 
  9. Buoyancy aids and life jackets are not usually worn when sculling, and are not supplied by the Club.
  10. It is recommended that athletes have completed a capsize drill prior to attending the course. No capsize drill will be carried out during the course, but the principles of such drills are covered in the course safety briefings. 
  11. Once on the river, coaching instructions are shouted or delivered through a megaphone. This is common, and often necessary for audibility, as the distance between boats can be large. 
  12. Athletes are filmed so that technique and performance can be analysed. 
  13. The objective of the courses is to coach sculling. While the Club retains responsiblity for safety during coached sessions, it does not take responsibility for athletes' welfare or conduct when off the water between these sessions. 
  14. The Club's ability to cater for special needs is limited, but it is able to accommodate some minor special needs and dietary requirements. For further information, please contact the Course Organiser. 
  15. The course is booked on a first-come, first-served basis, on receipt of a completed application form and full payment. 
  16. Declaration of athletes' height, weight and date of birth are necessary for the Course Organiser to allocate equipment and place participants in an appropriate coaching group.
  17. In the case of force majeure, if in the unlikely event of the Club being unable to run the course or any substantial part thereof, an appropriate refund of fees will be made. 
  18. The Club deploys substantial personnel and equipment resources to run courses. Consequently, cancellations are accepted at the Course Organiser’s absolute discretion. Generally:
    a. Cancellations are accepted up to one month before the commencement of the Course. 
    b. A late cancellation (received less than one month prior to the course) is only accepted if the place vacated can be filled in good time prior to the course’s commencement.
    c. No refund is made if an athlete withdraws after the course has commenced. 
  19. In the event of a cancellation and any subsequent refund, a £30 admin fee will be charged.