Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I go about joining the club?

Check the membership page.

2. I am a complete beginner/have never rowed before, can I join?

It is absolutely fine if you have never rowed before. We have had a lot of interest from complete novices so you will not be alone. We can train adults from complete beginner stage but juniors are advised to enrol on a HOAC Learn to Row course as this will be the most efficient and quickest way into the sport.  The HOAC rowing takes place at the same time and place as the club’s rowing so you will still be a part of the club.

3. I used to row some years ago, can I join?

Yes that is fine. We except people of all abilities and welcome everyone. You will probably find that you pick it up again very quickly.

4. I can’t join the club straight away, is that OK?

You can join us for three sessions before you will need to pay for full membership.

5. I am under 11 years old, can I join?

Unfortunately it is extremely inadvisable to row  until you are 11 years of age. Rowing is a very strenuous sport and British Rowing guidelines state that those under 11 years should not row. There are many reasons, for example it can affect your physical development and you are unlikely to have sufficient upper body strength to be able to row. We are sorry this is the case but we hope your enthusiasm for the sport will last until you turn 11 when we will be pleased to teach you how to row.

6. My fitness level is not great, is that OK?

That is absolutely fine. You can chose rowing to fit in with your current fitness ability or use it as a way of getting fitter. Rowing is a great sport for getting fit because it uses many muscle groups. We also run a land training session on Wednesday evenings at the Princess Marina Sports Hall,  Royal Girls Masonic School, WD3 4HF,  7-8pm for juniors and 8-9pm for adults, for those who are serious about getting fit!

7. How much will it cost?

Check the membership page. Land training charges are £2 per session for juniors, £3 for adults.

8. Do I need my own equipment?

No. The equipment is provided by the club.

9. When are the sessions?

At the moment they are 8.15am until 12.30am on Saturday mornings. This may expand soon and we will publish the details shortly. There is also a land training (fitness) session every Wednesday at the Princess Marina Sports Hall, Royal Girls Masonic School, Rickmansworth, WD3 4HF,  which you are welcome to come along to.  This consists of rowing machine work and circuits.  Times are: juniors 7-8pm, adults 8-9pm. We have to charge separately for this, and the fee is £2 for juniors and £3 for adults.

10. Do I have to come every week?

No. Come as often as you like. However if you want to take the sport up to a competitive level a regular commitment would be necessary at both the rowing sessions and land training.

11. I have my own scull, can I keep it on site?

Unfortunately, not at the moment. But you can bring it down and use it on the water (provided it is insured) but at present you can only use it 8am until 12.30am on Saturdays. We are hoping this will change in the future.

12. What clothing do I need to wear?

Sports kit that you are comfortable in. However, shorts and tracksuit bottoms should not be too baggy as they can get caught in the mechanism of the seat which slides up and down on wheels.