- Start training 3 times a week to build your base fitness. Running and steady state rowing in small boats is a good way to begin.
- Check the rig on your boats – here’s a helpful blog post at SSRS with links to a cheat sheet for rowing boat rigging .[Sadly the destination link is broken on Cox Guide]
- Buy an indelible marker and re-label things – oar lengths (use white electrical tape around the shaft and write the length:inboard), seats (name of boat and seat number), label the racks so the correct boat goes on the correct rack.
- Throw out your old rowing kit that’s torn or you won’t wear. Find a junior to give it to or rip it up for boat cleaning rags.
- Club Captains, read this post about pre-season jobs for the whole club to clean out the boat bays and tidy up the equipment with an inventory and overhaul of repairs.
- Buy a copy of Mike Davenport’s Get Ready Now e book. Everything you’ll ever need to know including great advice on equipment maintenance.