Steer Cert

Putney Town has in place a system of certification for members before they can be allowed to steer a boat (either as cox or as a rower in a boat without a cox) unsupervised.


The process of getting certified involves: –

  1. Sitting through a compulsory steer cert lecture which occur regularly throughout the year and announced usually a few weeks in advance. Dates for 2016 are listed below. The slides for the steer cert lecture are available for reference.
  2. Passing a theory test, which is completed online
  3. Once this has been passed, a practical test is a taken. You must start with a single/double/pair steer-test before you can progress to a four/quad after a period of 6 months further practice. Coxes can take a test as a cox, but this does not permit them to bow-steer. You can only take a practical test if recommended to do so by a coach or other experienced steers.

Certification levels

Certificate awarded
Cox Single/Pair/Double Four/quad
Cox (any boat) Y Y Y
Single Y Y
Pair/double Y Y
Four/quad Y

The quad/four practical test cannot be taken until the double/pair practical test has been passed and sufficient experience at this level of boat has been achieved.

Steer-cert lecture dates 2016

Monday 15th February, 7:30pm
Sunday 13th March, 12:30pm
Monday 18th April, 7:30pm
Sunday 8th May, 12:30pm
Thursday 28th July, 7:30pm
Monday 15th August, 7:30pm
Monday 17th October, 7:30pm

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