There are four main categories of rowers at Llandaff: Juniors, Masters, Men and Women. Within these groups there is a range in ability from novice through to senior.
All members are taught sweep oar and sculling and training is done in squads. All adults train together, whilst juniors train separately.
Training consists of activities to build general fitness and strength and to develop rowing technique. During the week circuits, weight classes, ergo sessions and core stability groups are offered. Water work takes place in double sessions on weekends in the autumn and winter, and evenings during spring and summer.
Generally, rowers at club level are expected to train 3 to 4 times a week and on the weekend. Crews and scullers competing at a higher level are expected to train independently and outside of the core club training schedule.
Rowing is a year-round sport with long distance 'head' racing during the Autumn/Winter, and 'regattas' during Spring/Summer. On average as a Club, Llandaff attends five to six heads and eight to10 regattas annually. Crews and scullers are not expected to attend all of them.
There is no age limit to rowing, but Junior competition generally starts from the age of 12. Coxing is allowed from the age of nine. Masters competition starts from the age of 27. At Llandaff, our Masters and Seniors train side by side to get the best workout from both.
Llandaff is a friendly club and coaches and captains know it is not always possible to commit to specified training hours. Those rowers who decide not to compete or have other commitments elsewhere are free to train at their own pace and row at their own discretion.
Coxswains (coxes) are important to a coxed crew. A cox is the person who steers a boat, taking the best course on a river, giving commands to the crew and motivating them during a race. A good cox can make a significant difference to a crew and help them win.
If you think you are too small or light to row but extremely competitive, then why not come to Llandaff Rowing Club and find out more about becoming a coxswain. Full training will be given and more information is available by contacting the men or women’s vice-captain.
Llandaff Rowing Club has recently acquired equipment to cater for athletes with disabilities. We currently have adaptive fixed seat single sculls and sliding seat doubles. And other boats are available to cater for our needs from Welsh Rowing, for those who wish to try rowing as a sport. For further information about adaptive rowing at Llandaff, please contact the Club Captain.