Come down to our club and enjoy two free trial sessions before deciding if you would like to join. Membership forms can be found at http://new.goringgapbc.org.uk/membership/ Our club can be found here: http://new.goringgapbc.org.uk/home/how-to-find-us/ No experience required – we train all novices. Just turn up to any of the scheduled sessions and speak to the session manager or sign up for one of our courses. Frequently asked questions:
- Do I have to do a capsize? – no! that’s kayaking…
- What’s the difference between kayaking and rowing? See this race! Rowers are the ones with the long oars taking long strokes: http://myfitnessmentor.com.au/2013/11/20/the-fastest-boat-on-the-river-rowing-4-vs-kayaking-4-whats-the-difference-between-rowing-and-kayaking-anyway/
- What should I wear? Close fitting leggings and t-shirts, sweatshirts, trainers. Bring a bottle of water (if it’s hot) and suntan lotion. Extra layers are good for when it’s really cold but you will find you warm up.
- Is there somewhere to leave my stuff and get changed? yes we have a shed for our gear and a portaloo.
- Will there be someone to show me what to do? I’ve never been in a boat before…. Yes! that’s what we are here for.
- I’m not yet 18. Can I join? You will need a parent with you in the boat who is also a member.
- Do I need to be fit? anyone can learn to row but we do ask that you can already swim. You’ll be out on the water rowing for at least an hour – do check with your doctor if you are not sure if you are able to do this. We want you to enjoy yourself! But… rowing increases aerobic development and especially Vo2 max. This strengthens your heart, increases lung capacity and is great for core strength which is very important throughout your whole life as it makes daily activities easier. Simply by taking part regularly you will stay lean, fit, strong and mentally sharp!