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Rowing is practiced all year, through all seasons. It is important that you are dressed for the weather on that day. Large bulky clothing is not allowed as this can impair your rowing training. It will soak up large amounts of water so will not keep you warm, and in an event of a capsize could seriously hinder your ability to stay afloat.
There are many modern fabrics that allow maximum warmth with little bulk, it is better to wear a few light layers than one thick layer. Air is trapped between layers and acts as in insulator. You can take layers off and put them back on in response to the training to keep you comfortable.
Modern fabrics are designed to wick moisture away from the body to stop chilling when exercise is stopped. Waterproofs are essential during winter to keep you dry; even if it is not raining you will very likely get splashed by the blades. It is important that this water does not reach the skin and lower your body temperature. Make sure the waterproof you get is designed for rowing to allow maximum movement and also to allow the perspiration through sweating to escape away from the body.
A Neck Warmer, Pogies and a hat is highly recommended during winter months. Scarves are not allowed as these could cause strangulation, gloves are also not allowed. Always have a towel and it is encouraged that you shower after training. This can be done at the playing field changing rooms. A dry set of clothes to go home in is necessary.
From an outside retailer, such as Millets, you can purchase hats, neck warmers and thermal clothing suitable for outdoor activities. Note: you can get a discount at Cotswold Leisure using a voucher from the Bristish Rowing website.
Leggings and fitted sports tops of any colour can be worn for training. For competitions, school kit must be worn.
The following items of school rowing kit are required;
1. Rowing all-in-one
2. Black – Performance Base layer (short sleeve)
3. Splash jacket – grey & red
1. Black – Performance Base layer (long sleeve)
2. Black Leggings
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