The learn2row course is the starting point for anyone wishing to get into the sport, or to return to rowing after a significant period out. All members of Swindon Rowing Club are volunteers and give up their personal time for the good of the club and its members. We want to grow and help more people to take part in the sport we love.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Courses are run in groups of 4 adults or 4 juniors with everyone taking part in land and water training. The course is run over a period of four sessions with a designated coach to oversee your training throughout. Sessions are run in the summer season to get the best of the warmer weather and avoid heightened dangers and disappointments the winter can bring (eg, hypothermia and cancelled sessions).
You will be expected to attend all sessionsand to be willing to take part in setting up and packing away equipment with the direction of the session coach. This will include lifting and carrying some rather heavy boats.
You will be taught how to scull (rowing with one oar in each hand) in one-person and four-person boats. To see what this looks like, look up Katherine Grainger - she is a famous female British rower who won silver in the Rio 2016 double sculls event and won gold in the same event at London 2012.
In order to take part, the following must be true:
Participant can swim 50 metres in clothing Participant can run steadily (a jog will do) for 5 continuous minutes Participant must be flexible enough to touch toes without bending knees Participant must never have been excluded from the sport by British Rowing (BR) or its predecessor, the Amateur Rowing Association (ARA) Payment and completed learn2row forms must be received within 10 days of email confirmation.