Frequently asked questions
If you are reading this in June to September, and are mainly interested in rowing in a crew, then we suggest you come down to the start of season BBQ towards the end of August. Alternatively contact membership secretary Alex Woolley. If you are reading this in October to May, have a look at the contacts page, get in touch with the appropriate contact, and arrange a time to visit.
Yes we do! However we do not operate isolated Learn to Row courses. Please contact the appropriate coach on the contacts page explaining your sports/activity background and we’ll be in touch with more information.
Yes we do. We periodically run complete beginners courses and also welcome more experienced juniors. For more information please contact email@example.com.
This varies from squad to squad. All groups will train on the water on Saturday and Sunday mornings – usually two sessions on each of these days. There are more training sessions on weekday evenings (7pm); sometimes crews will also go out early on weekday mornings, before going to work. The juniors currently train on Saturday afternoons and some weekday afternoons after school.
How long is a piece of string? The commitment ranges from novices who might do 3-4 sessions per week, to the top senior crews who will be doing 8-10 sessions per week. No session is compulsory until you are in a fixed crew with pre-arranged outing times.
Maybe. Each Thames group trains as a squad through most of the season. Closer to races, the coaches select crews. Of course, there are exceptions, but this is the usual way of working.
Good for you! Thames, like all clubs, always needs more coxes. Get in touch with our captain Ellie Fielding.
Thames is primarily a racing club, although we have a lot of fun while rowing and training.
By a combination of testing on the water and in the gym, along with coaches’ asssessment of commitment and effective crew combinations. Coxes are selected by a combination of crews’ and coaches’ assessment.
Currently there are well over 200 people training at the club regularly; there are roughly equal numbers of men and women. Overall the club has around 650 members (this total includes House, Country and Overseas members).
Yes. Unfortunately, in spite of having a large boat fleet and extensive facilities, demand almost always exceeds supply and we cannot always guarantee to take new members.
The Club has a fleet of over 90 boats. As a result of considerable investment, many of these are high quality racing boats (i.e. Empacher and similar) only a few years old. See the boat fleet page for more details.
In May 2005 we opened a new building which features an indoor rowing tank, a heavy weights room and two large gym spaces, as well as increased boat racking and a large workshop area. We have 20 Concept 2 Model C & D ergometers and eight RowPerfects, all with computer links. See the facilities page for more details.
We offer a range of membership options including full, under 25, student, cox, gym and junior, as well as house, cox and country for non-rowing members. Membership fees can be paid in full or by monthly or quarterly standing order, depending on membership type. Please contact the membership secretary for full details of the current rates. All new members are also required to pay a one-off joining fee.
Once you have visited the club and had a meeting with the coaches to review the training programme and what is expected from our members, you will need to decide if Thames is right for you. You will need to complete and sign an appropriate membership form in which you will confirm that you are able to swim 100 metres in light clothing. You will also be required to read and acknowledge that you have read safety guidelines made available to you. For further information please contact the membership secretary.
Membership includes use of club equipment and coaching depending on your membership type. In order to race you will need to join British Rowing. We would strongly advise you to take out British Rowing membership in any case, as it includes insurance. You will also need to pay for race entry fees. There is a scale of charges depending on the events, typically £16 per event.
A range of Thames RC branded rowing kit is available. All Thames RC kit is produced by reputable manufacturers and is discounted significantly from the standard resale price.
Ties, caps etc. can be purchased or ordered at the clubhouse. Club blazers (check the rules for eligibility) are normally ordered at the start of a new season.
Yes. Every year, selected athletes (rowers, scullers and coxes) are invited to attend the club training camp, which is normally overseas. Athletes pay to attend. In recent years, smaller camps in the UK have also been organised for novices and intermediate rowers.
Yes. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of our sponsorship pack. We would be happy to discuss options with you.
The club is run by a non-paid committee elected at the AGM in July after Henley. Most classes of membership are eligible to vote.
Yes. Speak to the house manager Mike Grattan on 07760 614907, or email email@example.com.
No. The Thames Rowing Club Charitable Trust is specifically for younger members and has limited capacity to help. The Thames Trust is the club’s long-term fund and does not have charitable status.