Recommendations from the WRMR2023 Medical Team

For you to maximise your participation and enjoyment of the regatta here are a few recommendations from the medical team who will be in attendance at the event. We look forward to hosting you later in the year.

Dr Danielle Lincoln- Doctor, WRMR2023 Medical Centre
Medical insurance

Please ensure you are covered with medical insurance in the unlikely event of needing a hospital admission or procedure. Page down for more information.


It is strongly recommended to be vaccinated against the following:

  • SARS CoV19
  • Influenza
  • Hepatitis A
  • Tetanus

In order to prevent any outbreaks of infection we are adhering to strict hygiene measures:

  • Handwashing and sanitizing
  • Showering after training and racing
  • No eating without showering after training and racing
Chronic medication

If you are on chronic medication, please ensure you bring enough for the duration of your stay.


Johannesburg and Pretoria are not malaria areas, but if you plan on visiting malaria areas such as the Kruger National Park you should take malaria prophylaxis


Medical certificates are not mandatory to compete or take part in sports event in South Africa, however, competitors are referred to Rule 14 of the World Rowing Rules of Racing and Related Bye-laws, which require that all rowers entering international events, including the World Rowing Masters Regatta have a state of health and fitness which allows them to compete at a level commensurate with the competition level of the event. It is also strongly recommended that rowers competing in the World Rowing Masters Regatta undergo a pre-competition health screening.


Participants are responsible for having their own medical insurance in place to cover any potential medical expenses that may arise during the event. All competitors are asked to provide proof of their medical insurance to the Registration Centre team on arrival at the venue. This proof of insurance will be required for admission to a private hospital in the event of a medical emergency and is needed to instruct the medical personnel handling the case on site.


Athletes will be selected for testing by a pre-determined “blind” system. If selected for an anti-doping test, the Athlete will be notified upon arriving at the pontoon after their race and given a prescribed amount of time to report to the Doping Control Officer. During that time, selected athletes will be accompanied by a chaperone and are restricted in their activities which will be further explained by the chaperone. Selected athletes MUST report to the Doping Control Officer within this time or will be regarded as having an anti-doping violation.



Start planning your trip today!

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful country. First place to start is with booking your accommodation. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us and we'll see how we can help.

World Rowing Masters Regatta 2023 in South Africa