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The tidal Thames is the heart of British Rowing

The tidal Thames is very much the heart of British rowing for both traditional and fine boat rowers and is home to such events as the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race and Great River Race as well as numerous other competitions  some of which are the largest of their kind in the world.

Rowing safely on the tideway demands a sound knowledge of the effects of the tidal stream, including the resultant currents and variable depths which may be unfamiliar even to extremely competent rowers who have not previously visited.

Rowing is most popular above Putney, although there are a number of rowing clubs in the lower river. Due to the large numbers of rowers in this area and the interaction of rowing with other recreational users, above Putney there are special rules in place to make rowing safe.

Throughout the river traditional fixed seat rowing is also popular with the more traditional designs of their boat capable of dealing with the rougher conditions to be found in central London and further downstream.

The guidance on this page covers the entire river, for local information please get in touch using the contact details below.

Incidents involving rowing craft

Please click here for advice about reporting incidents.

Reminders for rowing coaches - SKILLS

Download the poster here or click on the image below:

Guidance Documents


The Tideway Code - Code of Practice for Rowing & Paddling on the Tideway

Upper Tideway Area  Chart

Lower Tideway Area Chart


Recreational Users' Guide

Teddington to Broadness 

Broadness to Sea Reach




Vulnerable River Users Campaign





Richmond Lock & Weir



Thames Byelaws 2012




British Rowing

Thames Regional Rowing Council

British Rowing: Region - Thames

Thames Traditional Rowing Association

Thames Alive

On The Water



Estuary to Crossness
Miles Featherstone
Assistant Harbour Master Lower
01474 562248
Crossness to Teddington
Darren Knight
Assistant Harbour Master Recreational
0207 743 7909
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