Thurston Outdoor Education Centre: Whaler rowing policy


  1. Introduction
  2. Venue
  3. Staffing
  4. Equipment
  5. Operating considerations

Revised: January 2022


The centre has a 16-person 7.5m Whaler-type boat called Sandancer. She has 12 rowing positions and an outboard engine.

This activity involves considerable teamwork but has great potential for journeying and combining with self-led homing walks.


  • Coniston Water is the normal venue.
  • Any other venue to be approved by Head of Centre or deputy.


  • Ratio: The normal instructor / student ratio.
  • Instructor to hold RYA Powerboat Level 2 and have received boat-specific training.
  • Visiting Staff are considered part of the Crew and must receive training in their role as outlined in the Staff Briefing Sheet.


  • All participants to wear Buoyancy Aid.
  • Boarding ladder to be available on boat.
  • Instructor to have means of communication e.g. Mobile Phone or VHF Radio.

Operating considerations

  • Consideration should be given to size and strength of students in the choice of rowing positions and numbers of oars to be used. Consider option of using SUP / Canoe paddles.
  • Care is needed in the handling of oars, particularly with smaller students.
  • Landing should only be by use of jetties. Beaching the boat is not allowed except in emergency. If intending to land (eg at Piel Island) a suitable tender (eg canoe or paddleboard) must be taken.
  • Arrival and departure from the jetty should be under engine power to avoid damage to oars. (This may be varied in very calm conditions).
  • Mooring clip to be backed up with rope at end of session.
  • A laminated Checklist for set up and end of session is kept in the anchor locker.