5 things you need to know about on-water rowing
What to wear
You do not need a lot of expensive kit when you’re getting started. However, if you do decide that rowing is for you then you will benefit from investing in some quality technical layers that will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer, but above all, dry. When starting out or if you’re going to a learn to row session, one of the most important things is to wear clothes which are fairly-form fitting. Do not wear anything, especially on your upper body, which has pockets as it’s likely that your oars will get stuck. For the summer, it is advisable to wear sunglasses, a visor or a cap, and in the winter a beanie hat. For your feet, depending one where you’re rowing, you’ll either need a pair of wellington boots or one of a rower's most loved possessions, sliders. Do not forget to pack a pair of thick socks! Top tip: always take a spare pair of clothes and a towel with you.
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Yes, it is true, in the sport there are several new words that you will need to get used to. We will be explaining all about the different parts to a boat and the various crews in an additional post. Get to know your bow from your stern, what a crab and coxs are.
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When can I row outdoors?
Rowing is a year long sport, so you will be able to take to the water anytime of the year. However, please be aware that depending on where you are rowing you will need to take into consideration whether conditions and tide times.
If you decide that rowing outdoors is for you, then you will have to complete a capsize drill which your respective club will facilitate. As such, you will need to know how to swim or at least able to paddle.