Frequently Asked Questions
How do I join, and how long do I have to decide if rowing is for me?
You can join the club by finding us at the Fresher Fayres at the start of the year, or by contacting us here. You have until after your third water session to decide if you wish to continue; after this point the membership fee must be paid.
When and how often do you train?
You can find example training plans on our ‘Prospective Students’ page.
How much does it cost?
You can find details on the cost of membership on our ‘Prospective Students’ page. Additional costs include kit, a gym membership and some race fees.
What should I wear?
We will have a kit order window at the start of the year for rowing specific kit. However, if you’re a novice rower coming for your first few sessions we advise you wear tighter fitting t-shirts, waterproofs with no pockets, tight fitting shorts or lycra shorts/ leggings if you have them. Do not wear baggy clothes as they may get caught on rowing equipment. We also have to wade into the river to boat, so be sure to bring a pair of wellies or flip-flops.
What happens if I am unable to attend a session?
That's fine; we recognise that sometimes it isn't possible to attend a session. However, you must notify your squad captain ASAP. Due to the intricacies of crew rowing, this is not like football or rugby and missing a session can really let your crew down, so make sure you give as much notice as you can.
How often will I get to race?
SURC usually attends around ten races throughout the year. Senior squads will attend all the races on our calendar, as will the top novice boats. As we are such a large club it is impossible for us to take everyone to each race, however all members will be guaranteed at least one race in the year.