Spring course starts on Wednesday 12th
April 2017 Caroline with a group of beginners Our rowing courses are approved by British Rowing
Caroline with a group of beginners
Our rowing courses are approved by British Rowing
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The Weyfarers Beginners' Rowing Course
COURSE DATES 2017
Session are on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. and Saturday afternoons at 2 p.m. (Autumn course Saturday and Sunday afternoons). You need to attend at least 8 of the 10 sessions and be prepared to work harder if you miss any!
WHY SHOULD IT DO IT?
You'll get fitter, make new friends, and have FUN
WHO IS IT FOR?
Anyone from 18 to 80 can join (our sister club Weybridge offers junior rowing courses). No prior experience of rowing is required. You just need to be able to swim 100 metres in light clothing. Please note - although we do not expect you to be an Olympic athlete (and you will get fitter as you learn), you will need to be able to get and out of the boats without assistance. If our coaches consider that you are putting yourself and others at risk through lack of fitness and flexibility, we may ask you to leave the course and will refund the balance of the fee.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
We will teach you the basics of sculling (with 2 oars) and rowing (with 1 oar) and introduce you to coxing. We will cover safety, boat handling, and improving general fitness. We also have sessions on nutrition or other topics. You will be given a course handbook to remind you of what you have learned!
WHO WILL BE TEACHING ME?
The course will be run by Caroline Turnbull and other qualified club coaches, assisted by some of our more experienced members. Caroline is a British Rowing qualified Bronze Award coach, and Coach Educator (which means she also coaches the coaches). She also holds a Level 3 Advanced Fitness Instructor award and level 3 Nutrition Advisor award. All our coaches are volunteers.
HOW IS THE COURSE RUN?
There will be two sessions per week, mostly with about one and a half hours practical on the water and half an hour learning about different aspects of the sport. The course is limited to 16 people, and we will usually have 3 or 4 coaches and some experienced rowers to show you how it's done! We will teach you in wide, stable boats, with either 2 or 4 people rowing. Towards the end of the course we may move to racing boats - fours and double sculls.
WHEN IS IT?
Our beginners' rowing courses comprise 10 sessions, with 2 sessions per week on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons (Saturday and Sunday afternoons in the Autumn). You MUST attend at least 8 sessions, including the first two, otherwise you will not be able to keep up with the rest of the group.
Weyfarers Rowing Club, Thames Lock, Jessamy Road, Weybridge, KT13 8LG.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The 10 session course costs £135, which includes temporary club membership (so that you are covered by the Club's insurance), a course handbook and a session on the rowing tank at Molesey Boat Club (2nd session). We ask for £25 on registration and the remaining £110 5 days before the start of the course.
HOW DO I ENROL?
Download an application form, email us at email@example.com or phone CarolineTurnbull on 01932 340108. Completed forms, together with your £25 registration fee, should be returned 2 weeks before the start of the course.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE END OF THE COURSE?
We hope you will be bitten by the bug and carry on rowing with us!
If you just want to keep fit and enjoy the river with your new friends you can continue with Weyfarers. We have improvers sessions twice a week, after which you will take our Competency Test and join in our general sessions. We also organise and take part in rowing tours in this country and abroad. Membership of Weyfarers costs £195 p.a. This includes use of all equipment and ongoing coaching, though some sessions may be unsupervised.
If you decide you want to train seriously and race, you can join Weybridge Rowing Club. Members train at least 4 times a week (Saturday, Sunday plus a minimum of two evenings). Senior membership currently costs £300.