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Holiday rowing – does your club allow visitors?

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Rowing friends – what is the policy of your Club regarding overseas (or non-local) visitors?

I went to the Seville Rowing Club today, and was asked to pay for one month’s membership (60 Euros). I would have wanted to row max. 3 times.

I have visited clubs in other countries, and never been asked to pay – but would expect to offer reciprocal rowing to visitors to Maidenhead Rowing Club which Captains in the past have supported.

A guest post by Karon Phillips

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2 thoughts on “Holiday rowing – does your club allow visitors?

  1. Aberdeen Boat Club offers a similar approach to Seville (albeit somewhat cheaper) – temporary membership at £30/month.

    I’m not sure if we’ve ever been asked if someone can just borrow a boat for a couple of outings while on holiday (or whatever), for free, or even on a pay-per-outing basis. I suspect we’d probably refuse such a request, partly because they wouldn’t be covered by the club’s insurance if they weren’t a member, partly because we would have no idea if they had the skills to go out sculling unsupervised (assuming that a single scull would be the most likely request), partly because the club would gain nothing but would have something to lose (risk of damage to equipment etc.).

  2. Such negativity! A couple of years ago I visited New Zealand and entered the rowing events at the NZ Masters Games. A local club (Aramoho-Wanganui) made me very welcome with the result that I took part in 6 events. All that the club wanted was $5.00 for each training session, and I had a ball.

    Perhaps that all inclusive positive approach is why the Kiwis wipe the world in rowing.

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