What to wear
Rowing is a dynamic sport and what you wear while training needs to both protect you from the prevailing weather conditions and allow you free unhindered movement.
Sliders – light weight waterproof slippers
Boots – used in winter
Photo of typical warm weather clothing
Rowing when it’s hot
When it is sunny, wear a hat that protects the back of your neck.
Keep and use a water bottle regularly. Dehydration is a gradual process and best avoided by frequent small drinks. Dark urine indicates dehydration, pale coloured urine means the body is properly hydrated
Wear light coloured clothing which will reflect the sun’s rays.
Avoid rowing in the midday sun. Heat exhaustion can be recognised by feeling or being sick, cold but sweaty skin, muscle cramps, shivering, exhaustion and tingling skin. Heat stroke can follow. The skin becomes hot and dry, the sufferer can have noisy breathing, a strong thumping pulse, may behave strangely or may lose consciousness.In either case cool the body with some shade and water-soaked towels and give the sufferer a cool drink if they are still conscious. Get medical help as soon as you can.
On cold, windy days or following a capsize even in warm weather, there is the risk of hypothermia.A drop in core body temperature of only two degrees is enough for symptoms to occur. If nothing is done it can be as life threatening as heat exhaustion causing an inability to swim, heart attack or delayed reaction leading to death.If someone you are teaching or you show any symptoms like these: shivering, confusion, loss of coordination, blue skin, numbness in their limbs, treat for hypothermia.Get the sufferer indoors as soon as you can. Change them into warm dry clothes, give them a warm (not hot) drink. If the symptoms don’t go away, get them to a hospital.
... and when it’s cold
Snug, but not tight, base and mid layers are best for cold weather rowing with a waterproof breathable outershell. A warm hat.