Do I have to be fit to row?
Rowing does require flexibility, strength and fitness (especially when you compete). Clearly the fitter you are the more you will be able to get out of the sport.
But do not lose heart if you are not an Adonis! At the start, as long as you don’t have a big tummy (as this gets in the way of the blade handle), then the sessions will be more technical. Furthermore, you will become fitter and stronger the more you row.
Do you cater for people with disabilities?
We are are equal opportunities club, but there are some obvious safety risks involved with rowing, so suggest you contact us so we can discuss your specific condition and see how best we can help.
There are good public transport links to the club:
- 22 min train from Waterloo
- 10 min walk from Barnes Bridge Station (and the shops in Barnes)
- Bus ride to Hammersmith tube
- 25 min walk from Kew tube
We also have lockable cycle racks.
Free car parking (with no parking tickets, nor risk of your car being flooded!)
What clothes will I need to wear?
Normal gym type gear – preferably tight fitting so they do not get caught up in the handle or slide. It’s best to layer up so can remove when get hot.
Wellington boots are necessary as we boat from the shore line.
There are changing facilities with hot showers etc.
Will I capsize?
The boats you will go out in during the course are very stable and the likelihood of capsizing is 0.0001%! Sometimes you will get splashed by the water, but rarely enough to cause much distress.
Will I get wet?
Sometimes you will get splashed by the water, but rarely enough to cause much distress. That said, there is a general precondition for any water sport that you can swim at least 50 metres in light clothing.