Rowing is a great physical activity, and when done correctly can benefit every part of the body. That being said, rowers should be 11 and over and should have no medical conditions that prevent them from doing physical exercise. If in doubt, please consult your doctor.
You should wear athletic clothing that is relatively close fitting and comfortable. On a windy day a light jacket would help keep you warm. Most rowing shells come with shoes in them, but you should always wear socks in the boat and some footwear you do not mind getting wet while you are on the dock. Do not forget a bottle of water and a hat if it is a sunny day.
In the very unlikely event that you end up in the water, it is highly recommended that you know how to swim. That being said, there is very little danger of falling in the water. We have safety boats out on the water for each session, and life jackets can be taken in the rowing shells. The Learn To Row boats are very stable and are not susceptible to capsize.
All of our rowing shells have sliding seats, with the majority being sculling boats (2 oars/rower) and some being sweep boats (1 oar/rower).
When taught and done properly, rowing is a low impact sport on all parts of the body. Our coaches and instructors are trained to teach technique that will minimize strain to any part of the body. Like many new activities, general muscle soreness may occur when learning as this is a new activity for your body.
Yes, Barrie rowing club members are following the guidelines set out by Rowing Canada and local health officials. They have recently started rowing singles at 6am and 7am five days a week and 7am on Saturdays. Only 4 rowers row at each session while ensuring all equipment is cleaned between rows. Check out the (June 1, 2020) video below to see what this looks like each morning.
Yes! We have staff who can help carry your boat, answer questions and help you launch your boat from the dock. Other rowers also help each other to carry equipment and ensure equipment is set up safely prior to leaving the dock. Check out the (July 7, 2020) video below to see an early morning rowing launch.