A time and a place: social media is a great tool for sharing your news, views or photos with friends, family and others. However, it does not and should not replace real conversation, or interfere with your training. Therefore we ask that unless you are using your smartphone as a tool for water safety*  or as your 'stroke-coach' (rowing app) that you leave your phone locked away, please. Also worth a read: this article on the downsides of social media.

*e.g. when out in a single on your own, or as cox or bow-steer; remembering to use a waterproof case!


From The Halifax Bank:

  • Trust your instincts. If something seems too good to be true, it’s probably a scam.

  • Check who you’re speaking to. If a company contacts you out of the blue asking for your personal information, contact the company directly yourself using a known email or phone number before giving away any personal information.

  • Choose a PIN and password that’s secure and change it if you’re worried that someone may know it.

  • Keep your phone and passcode safe – details held on your phone can be just as useful to a fraudster as those on your home computer.

  • Take time to read the small print to make sure you’re happy with how your data will be used.

  • Be aware of the changes that might affect how your data is used, for example GDPR and Open Banking. If you do decide to share your data through Open Banking, check the company is registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and listed on the Open Banking Directory.

  • Check your statements regularly and tell us if you spot anything suspicious.

  • Remember that if you decide to share your data with a company, you can change your mind at any time. 

  • Fraudsters sometimes pretend to be trusted companies, so: 

  • Don’t be too quick to give away personal information, especially on social media sites – that ‘fun’ social media quiz could be a fraudster trying to get hold of your personal details.

Plus, read about how we protect your data