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I left something in the Tank room; is it possible to get it back?

Downing College takes no responsibility for possessions left or lost in the tank room. Please contact us via the online form at to retrieve any lost items.


We have had an accident. Who do we have to talk to about filing a report/talk about insurance?

You use the tank at your own risk. If you would like to talk to someone, then please contact us at


What do we do in case of a medical emergency?

In case of an emergency call 999. An ambulance can access the Downing hard via the Emmanuel hard. The address of Emmanuel Boat house is 1 Cutter Ferry Lane, CB4 1JR. If the Emmanuel gates are shut, the Downing Porters’ Lodge (01223 334800) has the combination code. Please notify the Downing Porters’ Lodge in the event of any such incident. There is a defibrillator in the tank room with operating instructions. The telephone numbers for Addenbrooke’s and the nearest GP surgery are posted on the wall in the tank room.

What happens if we break anything?

Please report damage in the log book in the tank room before you leave the session and consider taking a photo of any damage. If the damage has been caused by misuse, you will be charged.

What happens if something is broken when we arrive?

Record the breakage in the log book located in the tank room and take photos if you can. If the damage stops you using the tank, you will be offered a free replacement session. There is a spare pair of blades under the seating which can be used if there is any fault with the blades but please ensure you report that you have had to swap the blade.