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At St Andrew Boat Club we offer rowing for all – that is, any level from any age beginner, Junior squad, through to experienced competitive squads as well as recreational seniors and masters rowing.

 

Squads

Senior Squad 1 and 2

SABC welcomes experienced and competitive oarsmen and oarswomen. The Club’s policy of placing high quality coaching at the centre of all rowing activities makes it especially attractive to athletes who want to compete to the best of their ability. If you wish to be considered for all classes of rowing or sculling up to Henley or National Rowing Championships or for National Squad selection you will be well supported at SABC.

The rowing season typically starts in September with long distance water based training, underpinned by land training in the gym, on rowing ergometers and for circuit training.

Regular assessments are conducted as the squad is prepared for long distance events leading up to the Tideway Head in March. After the Tideway attention is re-focussed on the Regatta season with a series of major commitments leading up to Henley and the National Championships.

In recent years the squad has retained the small club pennant at WeHoRR (Women’s Eights Head of River Race) and triumphed at Henley Masters Regatta along with medals at the Scottish Rowing Championships, and victories at major summer regattas.

Want to join the SABC senior squad this year? Drop our vice captains an email:

Email Men’s Vice Captain   or  Email Women’s Vice Captain

 

Senior Squad 3

The senior Squad 3 at SABC is made up of rowers who wish to row for enjoyment as well as improving their technique and skill set or more experienced rowers who cannot commit to training at Senior 1 & 2 squad levels. The squad rows twice a week on Sunday mornings and Monday evenings with each session lasting about 90 minutes. We row in a variety of boats including eights, quads and fours. There are also gym sessions organised which are optional. Rowers seeking to gain experience and fitness with the goal of stepping up to Senior 2 are also welcome in this group.

We welcome new members who ideally have some previous rowing experience to join our expanding group. Don’t worry if you have no experience as tuition will be provided and the club plans to run several beginners’ courses during the year.

If you require more information and wish to arrange a club visit please contact:

Email Club Captain

 

Junior Squad

SABC is a highly successful and major centre for junior rowing in the East of Scotland. Membership numbers around 40 ranging from 12 – 18 years. SABC Juniors have consistently won medals at national competitions as well as representing their country at Home International Regatta, on a regular basis.

Training on the water takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and land training on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

Junior Learn To Row courses are offered to new rowers and are held approximately twice a year. Experienced rowers may be offered a place in the squad depending on experience. We generally have a waiting list running due to the popularity of the club.

The rowing season typically starts in September with long distance water based training, underpinned by land training in the gym, on rowing ergometers and for circuit training.

Regular assessments are conducted as the squad is prepared for long distance events leading up to the Tideway Head in March. After the Tideway attention is re-focussed on the Regatta season with a series of major commitments leading up to Womens Henley, National Championships and British Junior championships.

All athletes are supported by a team of qualified and very experienced voluntary coaches.

For more information please contact our junior coordinator:

Email Junior Coordinator

 

Learn to Row (Beginners)

St Andrew Boat Club welcomes those who are completely new to rowing, prior to becoming a member, by offering a ‘learn to row’ programme at various times during the year, for both senior and junior levels. The course usually runs over a number of weekend afternoons both on, and off the water and attracts great interest and positive feedback. We charge a small fee to cover boat maintenance and general overheads.

The aim of Learn to Row is to get you out on the water as much as possible. The course, which is endorsed by Scottish Rowing/British Rowing, covers:

  • Safety, both on and off the water.
  • Identify boats and equipment that you will be using.
  • Know what clothing to wear.
  • Learn the correct rowing technique.

To find out more, please contact the LTR Coordinator:

Email the Learn to Row Coordinator

 

Coxing

Coxing is an important part of the rowing club and anyone with coxing skills is always in high demand! The cox is responsible for the crew on the water, keeping a good lookout, steering the boat and issuing commands to the crew. 

All SABC squads require competent and enthusiastic coxes for steering larger boats – fours/quads on the canal and eights at Strathclyde Park. The responsibilities of a cox are outlined below:

  • The cox uses a rudder to steer the boat and wears a headset microphone (a ‘cox box’) to relay clear and concise instructions to a crew.
  • The canal can be tricky to steer so a new cox must take time to learn the bends and circulation pattern (see appendix C for map).
  • Comply with health and safety, including wearing a life-jacket (stored in boathouse) and passing a swim test and capsize drill.
  • Take care of coxing equipment and ensure the safety of their crew on the water.

Find out more and contact copy:

Email Club Captain

St Andrew Boat Club Code of Conduct

St Andrew Boat Club is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its members. The club believes that it is important that members, coaches administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and where necessary to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club through the relevant captain or member of the committee.

  1. Club coaches, officials and volunteers

Good ethical conduct and practice in relation to children and young people requires that all coaches, officials and volunteers must:

  • Consider the well-being and safety of athletes before the development of performance
  • Establish supportive, positive environments for the purpose of healthy competition, skill development, fun and achievement
  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with athletes, based on mutual trust and respect
  • Ensure that all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of the athletes taking part
  • Promote the positive aspects of rowing and fair play by showing considerate regard for athletes, personnel, parents, spectators and officials; abiding by the rules of racing; and abiding by officials’ decisions
  • Display consistently high standards of personal behaviour and appearance
  • Where appropriate, hold valid leadership or coaching qualifications and insurance cover
  • Follow all guidelines laid down by Scottish Rowing
  • Ensure all incidents on or off the water are reported and recorded in the appropriate manner
  1. Full Members

The Club expects that as a Full Member you shall:

  • Follow safe practice at all times and adhere to the rules of Scottish Rowing when training on the water
  • Show respect for other club members and participants, opponents, parents, spectators and officials and their decisions
  • Be on time for training and competitions or inform the coach if going to be late
  • Wear suitable kit for training and racing as advised by the coach and always bring a change of clothes
  • Pay any charges for training or events promptly
  • Help with all club fundraising activities
  • Abide by the club rules and the rules of racing
  • Report any collisions, damage to equipment etc to the club captain within 24 hours and fill in any incident reports necessary
  • Ensure the clubhouse is left in a safe and secure state when leaving the building
  • Always clear equipment away when finished with, leaving the boathouse in a clean and safe state
  • Help maintain equipment by cleaning boats and oars each time after use and replacing missing/damaged parts where necessary. More serious damage to boats etc should be reported to the Club Captain immediately so that repairs can be carried out as necessary
  • Willingly volunteer to help with marshalling and other duties at all club events
  • Show loyalty to their club and fellow members
  • Attend all relevant meetings which may concern you or your section when called in order that you can be kept up to date with any matters arising

    3.   Junior Members

The Club expects that as a Junior Member you shall:

  • Show respect for other club members and participants, opponents, parents, spectators and officials and their decisions
  • Be on time for training and competitions or inform the coach if going to be late
  • Wear suitable kit for training and racing as advised by the coach and always bring a change of clothes
  • Pay any charges for training or events promptly
  • Never smoke or consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club premises or whilst representing the club
  • Help with fundraising activities and club events
  • Always wash club equipment after use
  • Show loyalty to their club and fellow members

 

  1. Parents/carers

The Club expects that as a parent/carer of a junior member you shall:

  • Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport, never forcing them to take part
  • Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results
  • Never punish or belittle your child for losing or making mistakes
  • Encourage fair play and respect for officials’ decisions
  • Help support club coaches by acting as spotters when requested
  • Help the club in its fundraising efforts
  • Never leave a child at the clubhouse without first checking that their coach is present and the training session is taking place