Who are the Rec Squad?
The squad is a friendly group of men and women of all ages. It is ideal for rowers wishing to develop their skills and for building confidence following the Learn to Row course or for those who just enjoy the sport of rowing. We mainly scull*, using boats of all sizes, although there are also opportunities for sweep oar**.
When do we meet?
We are a sociable squad who generally meet three times a week - twice in the evenings and once at the weekend, making use of the bar or coffee and breakfast after exercising on the beautiful River Thames.
Between April and October we arrange a number of long rows, normally on the last Saturday in the month. The outings are sometimes up to Bourne End or Marlow, or downstream to Windsor, going through lovely countryside and pretty locks. The long rows include a pub lunch or picnic.
In the winter the river can be too high or fast flowing to row. Fortunately, we are situated just 2 miles from the excellent Dorney Lake, which was used for the 2012 Olympics. The lake isn’t affected by high rainfall, so we still have an opportunity to row, even when it’s not possible to do so on the river.
When rowing isn’t possible, we sometimes arrange a bike ride or walk, and there is always the option of using the clubs ergos (rowing machines) and weight training equipment. For a social outing and chance to refine our technique, we also arrange visits to indoor rowing tank facilities at the Docklands Regatta Centre or Oxford University.
The social side …
Although the squad isn’t competitive there are opportunities for the occasional race – for example at the fantastic Maidenhead Regatta.The club has a strong social side, which is an important part of the Rec Squad. Examples of fun events organised by members are meals out, barbeques, parties, balls, trips away and quiz nights.
Want to join us?
* Sculling – when a rower has two oars
** Sweep Oar – when a rower has one oar held with both hands