Throughout the month I'll be highlighting matters to do with safety whether on, off or beside the river. Today, weirs... of the tumbling, little and pool kind - and in anything more than benign summer conditions.
Without wishing to teach experienced rowers how to paddle, it's important that newer or less experienced members understand the way the river flows and how this can affect safety. You really don't want to get too close to a weir; it's a very frightening experience.
We have three on the downstream stretch: Tumbling Bay, Little and Sunbury weirs. Give all of them a wide berth, but in particular, avoid turning within 100m of Sunbury weir. When you are turning (but not at Tumbling Bay weir), keep 100% focused on a quick and smooth manoeuvre to keep your bow to the stream to enable control.