What to expect at supervised Social Rowing


Currently, the Club offers only one social rowing session per week:

  • Saturday - arrive by 6.15am for 6:30am departure

During this session, a volunteer supervisor will take you for a row. They may cox you, instruct a learner cox or depending on numbers row with you or follow in a dinghy. Other more experienced rowers will also participate to help coach or just to fill up the boat.

You will row for approximately 1 hour and then return to wash the boat. Course and distance will be dependent on weather conditions, crew skill and strength and everyone arriving on time.

What should I bring?

  • water bottle
  • hat
  • sunscreen
  • socks - to put on in the boat
  • appropriate rowing clothes

What's expected of me?

You are expected to help prepare the boat and equipment for rowing, including but not limited to moving the dinghies, setting up the trestles, getting oars for yourself and possibly others, carrying the boat, cleaning the equipment including boats and oars upon return and packing up the shed.

Who will I be rowing with?

This varies, as the number of participants varies so does the experience of the social rowing.

What type of rowing will I do, sculling or sweep oar?

Configurations are flexible, generally a supervisor will try to put the entire group in one boat as its easier to supervise so the number of participants is usually the deciding factor. Some numbers can be used in either boat such as Quads / Fours. At times multiple boats may go out depending on numbers and crew experience.

Why might social rowing be cancelled?

Social rowing will usually only be cancelled due to weather (extreme wind or lightning). The number of registrations usually won't affect whether or not social rowing takes place, as configurations can be flexible and a supervisor can invite other club members to a session to make up good numbers.

Will I get coached at social rowing?

At "social rowing" your technique will be critiqued as far as to help the whole crew get better, it is not individual coaching but the supervisor should take you through some drills while having breaks or if the crew is struggling to get a good row. The supervisor will always take you through a warm up and you can ask for help or instruction on particular parts of your stroke. The supervisor's main priority is your safety and they will focus on this above all else.

How do I nominate for social rowing?

Just come along and boats and crews will be sorted on the day.

If you have any questions, send an email the Club Secretary, Shen Lee on murdoch_rowing@hotmail.com.

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