Frequently Asked Questions

I have never rowed in a boat before - does this matter?

Definitely not - before and during your first few times in the boat you will be helped every step of the way

What if I'm not very fit or have a pre-existing medical condition?

Then come along and improve your general fitness levels, while enjoying the challenge of learning a new sport.
 
Rowing is an excellent all-round exercise, which improves both cardiovascular fitness and muscle tone. At the highest level, rowing is both mentally and physically challenging, but The River Teign Rowing Club aims to make rowing accessible to everyone, regardless of age, gender or level of fitness.
 
Our existing members range from people who just enjoy the experience of being out on the water to individuals who compete in local regattas.
 
All members must sign a declaration to confirm that they do not suffer from any disability or medical condition, which may render them unfit for strenuous exercise. However, if you suffer from a medical condition or disability this will not necessarily mean you are unable to join the club, but it must be declared when you join. (This information is only disclosed to the club coaches.)
 
If you have any doubts about whether your fitness, a pre-existing medical condition or a disability will affect your ability to row then please seek advice from your doctor.

I am not a very strong swimmer, does this matter?

All members must sign a declaration to confirm that they are able to swim a minimum of 50 metres (two lengths of an average swimming pool) when fully clothed.

Do I need any special clothing or kit?

No - in general any normal sports clothes are fine for rowing. We suggest that you avoid wearing loose, baggy clothing and dress for changing conditions. Especially in winter, it is important to wear layers, but these should be light, not thick clothes.
 
If you are rowing in the summer months, remember to apply sun screen before you go out and to wear a hat.
You will probably get your feet wet so we advise you to wear either wellington boots or shoes designed to be worn in water (e.g. old trainers, surf shoes).
Avoid flip flops as sometimes the sand near the edge of the water is very 'sticky' and it's easy to lose a shoe!

Some form of footwear must be worn. Scullers are advised to have a pair of socks to wear with the boat's shoes. 

Is there a minimum/maximum age for members?

The minimum age for club membership is 18.
There is no upper age limit, but anyone (of any age) who has doubts about their level of fitness should seek advice from their doctor before starting any form of physical activity.

Safety

Rowing and sculling are outdoor activities, so it is important to recognise that contending with difficult weather conditions, other water users and using different waterways is all part of the sport.  Rowing has an excellent safety record, but it can be easy to become complacent.

'Row Safe: A Guide to Good Practice in Rowing' provides clubs and individuals with guidance on a wide range of safety topics, education and training.  It acts as a basis on which clubs can responsibly develop safe practice, tailoring them to their specific rowing programme and local waterway.

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