Tidal Diamond 403 – Locks Regatta, New Welfare Officer

Tidal Diamond No. 403

Locks Regatta

Locks Regatta takes place on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of July. Saturday’s event is a 90 minute lap race with a combined fleet start at 12:00 and a grand prix finish. Sunday’s event is 2 races with fast and medium fleets, with the first race’s fast fleet starting at 12:30. Both events will start from Locks line. There will be a BBQ and prize giving at Locks on Saturday after racing, and prize giving on Sunday after racing.

Janice Bell
Sailing Secretary

New Welfare Officer

I am Fiona Bowles and I have just been appointed as TSCs first Welfare Officer. My role will be to ensure that the club is a safe place to be, especially for children. I will also be making sure the child protection policy is up to date.
As the RYA puts it “Everyone should be treated with respect, and should show respect to others. If you are worried about the way another young person or adult is treating you or someone else, you or your parents can talk to the welfare officer.”

I have been a member of the club for 2 years and sail a Laser. I’ve sailed all my life and prior to Tudor I was a member of Bosham sailing club. I have a 9 month old baby called Sebastian- hence I haven’t been out on the water as much as I would have otherwise have liked over the last while. I work at QA Hospital as an emergency medicine doctor and have a particular interest in paediatrics.

Getting young people sailing is something I think is so important, it made a huge difference to my childhood to be out on the water. I do lots of safeguarding work and training through my job and when the Tidal Diamond came around I thought it was something useful that I could do. Keeping children safe is just so important. I also want adults to feel they can volunteer with children without putting themselves at risk.

My approach to being Welfare Officer is this:

  • The well being of children must be at the heart of everything we do
  • I want to help both children and adults enjoy their sailing and minimize risk for everyone
  • I’d like to get to know the cadets and be an ear for them if they ever need it
  • I want to support the cadet leaders in providing the safest environment they can for the children
  • I want to be a contact for anyone who has concerns that a child is being harmed through any of the 4 kinds of abuse:- neglect, emotional, physical or sexual abuse.

My plan is to:

  • Go along to cadets and watch and get to know everyone
  • Make sure everyone knows how to get hold of me if they need me including posters up in the club
  • Keep the safeguarding policy up to date
  • Make sure that cadet leaders have adequate safe-guarding training
  • Over this season do a full risk assessment, with the cadet leaders and see if there are any risks that are not being mitigated
  • I am going to do my advanced dinghy and powerboat courses and hope to do the dinghy instructors course over the next few years

I will be down at the cadet sessions the next few Wednesdays hoping to get to know everyone. My email is tscwelfareofficer, that and my mobile number will be up on posters in the club.

Any questions or concerns about safety, no matter how small please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Fiona Bowles
Tudor Welfare Officer