River Rowing are typically sliding seat boats which are either ‘fine’ Olympic racing boats or wider more stable boats which are used for learning to row. There are competitions all year round with a variety of head of the river races through the winter and regattas with more exciting side by side racing in the summer, including Henley Royal Regatta.
LEARN TO ROW?
To find out more about learning how to start river rowing use the links above to find your nearest club offering what you would like. Most clubs either offer their own learn to row programme or make use of local watersports centres for learn to row courses. The club you contact will be able to advise. If you are an existing rower who has moved to a new area, or coming back to the sport, most clubs should be able to cater for you without doing a learn to row course.
There are plenty of sea rowing clubs in Wales with a well-developed racing calendar. Nearly all sea rowing in Wales occurs in Celtic Longboats, these are fixed seat boats, but sea rowing also occurs in sliding seat yoles. Sea Rowing is a community sport, very inclusive but also highly adventurous. Welsh league races are 3 – 4 miles, while non-league races range from 7-14 miles. There are also many social rows available for you to join in.
Para-rowing in Wales has had success at Paralympic Games, through the likes of James Roberts. James was supported and developed through City of Swansea Rowing Club and Swansea University Rowing Club. We are now looking at how we might enable those with a disability to access our sport, and how we can support para-rowers to make the steps towards GB vests. This area is led by Welsh Rowing’s Academy Coach Liz Lewis.
Is available to anyone of any age, ability or fitness level. Indoor rowing machines come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be found in nearly all gyms, schools and rowing clubs. These machines use the majority of the body’s muscle groups and cardiovascular system to give a non-weight bearing whole body workout. Indoor rowing is great for staying in shape, developing fitness, and performance across a variety of sports or even competing at indoor rowing events. Indoor rowing can also be adapted to accommodate a variety of different disabilities to make it accessible for everyone.
Check out this quick guide (http://www.concept2.com/indoor-rowers/training/technique-videos) for indoor rowing technique.
Welsh Rowing has a stable performance programme that has developed significantly over the past four years, with a demonstrable record in the identification and development of rowers. The programme is rower centred in its philosophy and has produced rowers that have represented Great Britain at World and European championships across senior, under 23 and junior categories.
The Welsh Rowing performance squad trains regularly in Cardiff being coached by Welsh Rowing's Performance Partnership Head Coach, Karl Offord.
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