Session Checker

Please use this page to check whether a water session can go ahead. This tool checks current conditions agaisnt DCR Regulations to determine whether it is safe to row. Please note that just because this tool says it is safe to row does not mean that a session has to go ahead, discretion should be taken before every session and crews should only boat if they feel comfortable to do so.



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What are the Regulations?

  • The water level is measured relative to a fixed reference point on New Elvet Bridge, the official reading is taken from the Environment Agency website.
    • If the reading is above 0.600m, novice crews may not boat.
    • If the reading is above 0.675m, no crews may boat.
  • If the temperature is colder than -5°C or hotter than 25°C, no crews may boat.
  • If the wind speed is exceeding 25mph, no crews may boat.
  • If the maximum wind gusts are exceeding 40mph, no crews may boat.
  • Boats must be fitted with a bright white light at the bow and a bright red light at the stern if boating at the following times:
    • Before 30 minutes after official sunrise.
    • After 30 minutes before official sunset
  • Only novice crews may boat between 12:00 and 15:00 on Sundays and 13:00 and 16:00 on Wednesdays.
  • DCR may conduct time trials on the Racecourse between 07:00 and 09:00 on Fridays, only crews competing in the time trials may row on the Racecourse during these hours.

This uses Environment Agency flood and river level data from the real-time data API (Beta).

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