Joining the Club
FROM L2R to ROWING
At the end of the L2R handbook is a “passport”, most of which you will find you have covered in the L2R course. If there is anything you are unsure about please ask your coaches before you go out unsupervised.
Access to the club
Tees RC Yahoo mailing list
Getting out on the water
1. Coached sessions.
- Beginners Sunday 9.30 am (You should continue to come along to the beginners’ sessions on Sunday, which runs along side the L2R)
- Tuesday 8.30 (contact the Recreational Rowers)
- A second beginners session is usually arranged for a weekday evening in the summer
- In the winter, there are circuit training sessions that all the club members can attend, these run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm
- When you are ready to leave the beginners group, either several of you will move together to form a new group, or you will move into one of the existing squads. If you form a new group, the coaching coordinator should try to find someone to coach. If you go into an existing group these should have a coach.
2. Unsupervised sessions
- As a member of the club, you can come down at other times. You will need to book a boat to go out. You will be responsible for you own safety.
- It is always better to go out with other people, either find someone to go out with or go out at time when other people are on the river.
- Put your name in the signing out book, stating the time you go out, boat you are using, direction of travel (Barrage or Yarm) and expected return time. Take a mobile phone in a waterproof case ,so you can contact someone if you get into trouble. We sometimes get problems with the local youths throwing stones etc. - there are phone numbers on the board for people that can help; local police or community wardens and of course 999
Police control 01642 326 326
If trouble occurs around the club, there are panic buttons located in the boathouse and a phone in the gym and boathouse that you can use to contact the police.
In addition to the above advice, please download and read:
At this stage you must only use the L2R boats - L2R singles and doubles with floats, or the L2R quads.
If you use the quads you must find three other people to row with and a cox.
Once you are sufficiently experienced to take out non-L2R boats, a list of boats and who to contact to book them is available here - Boat Bookers List
On weekdays, booking times are flexible, but on the busy weekend mornings, boat booking slots are 08:00-09:30, 09:30-11:00 and 11:00-12:30. If you book boats at these times, please return the boat promptly to allow the next person to have their full allocated session.
Care of boats
Chris is just one of the many volunteers that give up their time to help the club. The club only works if people are prepared to help. We always need people to help so if you can help in anyway let the club captain know (click here).
On the Water
You need to make sure you know the club rules, particularly where you should be on the river. The basic rule is stick to the right of the river. There are several bridges on the river; make sure you go through the correct arch.
Details are given in the Trip Up The Tees section of the club web site.
Look out and avoid the Teesside princess as it cannot manoeuvre easily - it will hoot if it sees you.
Do not go out if it is too windy, if the current is running too fast, or if you will get too cold. If you are uncertain about the flow of the river, you can call the Tees Barrage control room (01642 633273) and request the flow - do not go out if this is above 80.
Assess the conditions before you go out and if in doubt ask a more experienced rower. Do not go out if you cannot cope. Think what would happen if you fell in, got blown into the bank or went over a floating object that damaged the boat. There is little chance of falling in if you are using boats with floats, however it could happen so weigh up the risks before deciding to go out. When the flow gets too fast we are advised by the barrage not to go out, but as a beginner you should have already decided it is too fast for you
The Tees RC Yahoo group circulates information about river closures and any safety information, so you should make sure you join this and read and abide by the safety advice
You will now be making the decisions whether you go out or not, you will be responsible for your own safety and that of others. If you have not already joined British rowing you should do this as it give you personal insurance
Further information on safety can be found in the British Rowing Row Safe guide at http://www.britishrowing.org/taking-part/staying-safe/rowsafe, and on the Tees RC website's Safety page.