If you are interested in joining us but have some trepidation then hopefully your questions will be answered here, if not then feel free to drop us a line and we will be happy to help.
- Will I get huge arm muscles if I row?
Unlikely, as rowing isn’t about using just your arms but your whole body and therefore the exertion is spread out, it’s a full body work out that’s great for core strength and also low impact so looking after your joints.
- You don’t go rowing when it rains though do you?
Yes indeed, we do go out in most conditions as long as it’s safe to do so, we’ll not go out if it’s too windy or visibility is poor but rain, snow and even hailstones are all perfectly acceptable, rowing in waterproof clothing is always an option but you’ll find the exercise is more than enough to keep you warm whatever the weather.
- I’m too old to start something like that.
Ok not a question but something I’ve heard plenty of people say and it’s just not true. There are vets (over 40s) and supervets (over 50s) teams that compete just as competitively and just as enthusiastically as anyone else, and if you don’t want to compete but just want to get some fresh air and exercise then that’s fine too, just come along and give it a go and we’ll find a session to suit you.
- What equipment do I need? As a club we have almost everything you need for each session, ie boat, oar, seat and life-jacket, you will need a bottle of water, warm clothing, trainers and either wet shoes or wellies to get the boat in and out of the water, we may also want to wear gloves (fingerless cycling gloves are ideal as they give good grip) as rowing is tough on the hands.
- How often do you train? It depends of the time of year and what races we have coming up but usually 2-3 times a week, in the winter this involves training indoors on a ergometer (ergo for short), which means we still get to keep fit and train in a group when the evenings are too dark for rowing. We also like to go out for social rows which are more relaxed and allow us to visit places we can’t usually get to on a shorter session. You are not forced to join every session but many find themselves quickly hooked and wanting more.
- How much does it cost? A years adult membership is just £82.50 so just £6.88/month, you can attend as many session as you like meaning the more you participate the better value it is. There discounts available for junior, family and part-year membership or you can pay per session for £5, and don’t forget our three free trial rows so you can give it a good go before deciding if rowing is for you.
- Where do I sign up?
If you’re ready to give it a go then follow this link. Join Us