River Conditions

River Safety at the Skiff Club

All members must consider river conditions and the strength and skill of their crew before boating. Use the link below for the club rules.

There are restrictions on skiffing for Yellow and Red board conditions. For Red Boards crews must complete a Risk Assessment form.

No boating is allowed when the flow is above 200 m3/sec (Black boards).

Consider 3 Criteria before Boating

• Crew Skill & Strength: there are different rules for learners, novice and competent members.

Boat & Crew: singles, coxless doubles and coxed doubles (3 in a boat).

River Conditions: the river flow rate determines the overall conditions category – Good/Yellow/Red/Black but members must also take account of tides, wind, water temperature and the weather forecast.

Note: There are specific restrictions on boating after dusk.

Skiff Club Boating Restrictions

All the Skiff Club River Restrictions and Risk Assessment forms are on the Members Page here.

Risk Assessment for Red Boards

For Red Boards crews must complete a Risk Assessment Form here. No boating is allowed when the flow is above 200 m3/sec (Black boards).

River Conditions

We use data from the flow gauge at Kingston Bridge as our primary guide to conditions on the river. Click on the links below to check the conditions.

There are 3 sources showing this data:

The Environment Agency publish flow data for Kingston Bridge every 15 minutes:

The GaugeMap website shows river flow and level:

RiverApp is a downloadable app which shows flow and level data from gauges up and down the Thames.

The Environment Agency also publish their Board Warnings:

Riverapp is a downloadable app which shows flow and level data along the Thames.

Weather

The MetOffice forecasts also show wind speed and direction, and sunrise/sunset times.

Tides

The london-tides.com website gives forecasts for high tide times and heights at Teddington Lock.

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