Clothing and kit

Most clubs will have rules on ‘club colours’ for competitions so this is a short discussion of the clothing and kit a rower will need for training throughout the season.

Winter rowing.  Any crew training reasonably hard will be generating enough heat from the exercise alone to keep them warm in air temperatures down to about zero degrees Centigrade. However, before and after the outing, crews will often be standing around in winter conditions and it is at these times that they need good clothing to keep them comfortable.  Key items which every rower should have available to them include:

  • A hat
  • A water-resistant splash top
  • A lightweight ‘technical top’
  • An ‘all-in-one’ rowing Lycra
  • Lycra leggings and / or
  • Long socks
  • Lightweight sports shoes

Personally I’ve never worn gloves in a boat but opinions differ on this.  Coaches supervising junior crews should be aware that putting young people on the water in winter conditions without adequate clothing could be a prosecutable offence.

Summer rowing should ideally involve discarding all but the rowing Lycra and possibly a hat from this list.  However you may also need:

  • sunscreen
  • insect repellant
  • flip-flops

Winter or summer a rower should also carry a bottle of drinking water (or a sports drink) and a ‘rigger-jigger’ (a spanner 10mm at one end and 13mm at the other).


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