|Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Durham Rowing Club?
What boats are used?
What should I wear when I row?
Do you row in any weather?
Is there much potential for injuries?
Is there any special
terminology I need to be aware of?
How long does it take
to learn how to row?
Can I progress in
rowing beyond Learn-To-Row?
What is the
The Durham Rowing Club (DRC) is a
non-profit sport and recreation club, who has been providing the sport
of rowing to the Durham and surrounding regions for over 20 years. The
DRC places its main emphasis on teaching the sport of rowing to all
ages, youth to senior, and offers a wide variety of programs to suit
What boats are
The Durham Rowing Club provides all the required equipment (shells and
oars) for rowing. There is a wide range of equipment to suit each
member of our club ranging from singles to eights, racing and touring
shells, and specialty equipment and retrofits for the Adaptive program.
We also provide all of the necessary safety equipment such as coach
boats, which are all equipped with coastguard regulated safety
equipment, and all coach boat operators have a Pleasure Boat Operators
What should I
wear when I
This is a very common question among or beginner members. We usually
suggest that you dress in layers so that you can shed some layers, as
you get warmed up during the practice. This is particularly important
for spring and fall rowing when the weather and water is still cold. We
recommend tighter fitting shorts and T-shirts, as loose and baggy
clothing could get caught in the moving parts of the shell while
rowing. We do row in the rain, so bring a light
rain jacket and plan on getting wet. It is a good idea to keep a spare
set of clothes in your car in case of an emergency. Make sure that you
have running shoes, or water shoes, as there are some shells that
require them. Bring SOCKS. Shoes are left on the
dock if they are not required in the rowing shell, and the Durham
Rowing Club is not responsible for the loss or theft of items left on
Do you row
in any weather?
We row in a lot of different weather conditions, however, the safety of
participants and equipment is our highest concern. We do not row in
windy conditions that produce whitecaps, especially with inexperienced
crews. We do not row in thunder storms or when there is danger of
lightening. The decision on whether to take the boats out is made by
the coach on the dock just prior to practice, as the weather could be
different at your house, than at the club, so we are unable to inform
participants in advance. If we have unsafe weather and water
conditions, the coach and/or instructor as a number of on-land rowing
activities, and if a session is cancelled it does not count towards
your learn-to-row sessions, or your 10 row pass.
there much potential for
Rowing is like any other sport or activity. It requires a wide range of
body motion and involves all the main muscle groups. All members and
participants work within their own limits, and if you have a specific
concern, please share that with the coach or instructor, so that they
can modify the workout, teaching of a skill or even the equipment to
make you as comfortable as we can. Rowing is a non-contact sport, but
like any sport there is risk of injury, that is why proper rowing
technique is taught and monitored.
Is there any special terminology I need to be aware of?
Yes, lots, but the coach will explain the terms
during the first few training sessions. And you will be provided with a
“Learn to Row” package that will be used as a reference to all the
How long does it take to learn how
Rowing has its own set of technique, equipment handling and skill. Each
individual learns at different rate, so its hard to gauge…..it takes
years for Olympic caliber rowers to hone their skills! So we you to be
patient, and just have fun!
Can I progress in rowing beyond
Absolutly!!! The Club provides a range of membership options, including
Challenges offer the
How we meet them reveals the truth in all of us.”