UPDATED: Rowing SA COVID-19 Guidelines

Dear Club Presidents, Captains and School Directors,


Following further announcements yesterday from both Federal and State Governments regarding ‘return to sport’, I provide an update to the guidelines for rowing clubs from Monday 11 May. These guidelines are provided with consultation between the Office for Recreation, Sport & Racing, SA Health and SA Police.


As advice and guidelines have continually changed, please refer to the information within this email rather than previous advice I have sent. I must highlight that it is up to each club/school on when and how you continue rowing activities making sure your Committees/School management are satisfied of the processes you have in place.


Rowing SA can provide the following updated recommendations to all rowing clubs in SA:


Level B (Current level in SA)

  • Training only, No competitions.
  • Group resistance training sessions and outdoor group ergometer training placed >1.5m apart (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total).
  • Under AIS Framework Level B, groups of single sculls are permitted only.
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited, e.g. you can have 8 single scull athletes on the water participating in the same session with 2 coaches at any one time.
  • Support staff and the number of coaches is recommended to be limited to essential management staff to be present only.
  • In accordance with the new Emergency Management Directions, all clubrooms must still remain closed. Rowing clubs must endeavor to minimise the use of communal facilities such as boatsheds and toilets. Showers are to be taken at home.
  • Club rooms including the internal rowing machines, weights, and gym equipment are not to be used. Equipment can be accessed only to be used outside.
  • To meet social distancing requirements any gathering of people to access the boatshed facility should not have a density of more than one person per 4m2. It is preferred though at this stage people do not attend the boatshed in groups greater than two individuals at any point in time. Staggered shed access times should be established.
  • Anyone attending the boatshed should follow strict adherence to hygiene practices, with special consideration to communal surfaces including tool-sheds, work benches, boat stretchers, boats and tinnies, buckets and sponges, rack and trolley handles and access doors.
  • Clubs to have strong cleaning regimes in place for shared equipment, including compulsory use of soap and hand sanitiser before and after training.
  • ‘Get in, train and get out’ — be prepared for training prior to arrival at venue (minimise need to use of change rooms, bathrooms).
  • Hand hygiene (hand sanitisers) on entry and exit to each boat shed, as well as pre and post training.
  • Where possible maintain distance of at least 1.5m while training.
  • No socialising or group meals.
  • Spectators are not permitted to attend training sessions or interact with athletes.
  • Clubs should task their Safety Officer to maintain procedures to comply with COVID-19 measures, SA Government requirements and Rowing SA’s return to sport plan.
  • It is recommended that anyone accessing the boatshed considers downloading the Federal Government’s COVID-19 app.
  • Should a rowing club member be diagnosed with or come into contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, the club should immediately cease operations and contact the SA Health COVID-19 Helpline 1800 253 787 for guidance on contact tracing, cleaning requirements and potential isolation. The club should contact Rowing SA to inform of the diagnosis.
  • Clear signage for participants outlining COVID-19 measures should be in place.
  • Members who are feeling unwell or who have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 should not attend the boatshed.
  • Rowers should not go out on the water alone for safety reasons – row with another single.
  • Boats and equipment to be washed with soapy water (rather than just water).
  • Where possible boats and oars to be allocated to particular individual rowers.
  • People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay at home wherever possible for their own protection.


I appreciate your support in working with your members during this time and hopefully if we all do the right thing, we will be back to normal training soon.


Any questions, please contact me.



Andrew Swift

Chief Executive Officer

Rowing South Australia Inc