Experience has demonstrated a number of lessons learned from rowers throughout the years. Here are a few “helpful hints” from those who have gone before us.
On colder days, wear multiple layers. A combination of turtlenecks, long-sleeved tee shirts, sweatshirts, long underwear, sweat pants, and thick socks provide the most warmth. Conditions on the water are often 10 degrees cooler, and the wind is frequently stronger on the water than on land. Early March practices are often in the 30’s and 40’s.
In rainy weather, a hooded rain jacket or a rain jacket over a hooded sweatshirt helps you cope with the weather.
Polar fleece or team rain jackets are ideal items to wear for practice. Your own sweats and rain jackets are also an option.
Put your name inside of all clothing that you bring to the boathouse.
Bring dry clothes to practice and Regattas. Especially dry socks. Do not wear designer clothes to practice. Your clothes will get wet and grease on them.
Loose and baggy clothing are safety hazards and are not allowed in the boats. Choose sweat clothes that have the elastic around the ankles and wrists.
Give Your Body What It Needs
Eat something before practice that will sustain the energy level needed during practice (e.g. fruit, bagels, whole grain bread, granola bars, power bars). If you can’t eat before practice making sure you eat before school is essential to maintain your energy and health.
Drink plenty of fluids. Always take a water bottle for yourself and never drink from someone else’s bottle.
Other Tips for Practice
-If you are asthmatic, be sure to bring your inhaler.
-If you wear glasses, bring something to hold them on your head.
-Medical tape can be used to protect your hands from getting blisters until calluses are built up.
-If the weather is warm, bring, and use sunscreen. The sun reflecting off the water can result in burns, even when the temperature is not that warm.
-Eat Breakfast before heading off to school.
-Good quality running shoes are ideal for land-training, no flip-flops.
-Get plenty of sleep. Everyone gets tired at first; strength, endurance and happy, early mornings come with practice.
-Wear a hat, most of our body heat escapes from our head.
-Bring Chap Stick or Lip Balm to protect your lips from the weather.
-Do not bring car keys or cell phones in the boat.
Rowers use a backpack or Hickory Team bag to keep your gear (e.g. sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm, tape and nutritious foods). Bring only a modest amount of money for purchasing food when available. Families may want to bring food, water, sunscreen, sunglasses, cameras, umbrellas, binoculars, blankets and chairs and T.P. and hand sanitizer.
For some regattas, you need to bring shoes that can get wet without ruining them.