At Cygnet we don't expect to arrange your life around your rowing but we do ask for a certain amount of commitment to training and outings, especially if you want to race.
However we also understand that you can't always make every session so in order for the coaches and captaincy to manage your availability we have an easy to use on–line system call FitClub.me. You simply log-on to FitClub.me and enter your availability as far in advance as you can. If your firewall does not allow access, please contact the coach or captain.
The training plan is also detailed on this system, as are races. Erg scores may be entered into FitClub.me to both keep a record and enable the coaches to assess your progress.
Cygnet has an established coaching set-up, as befits a club known for bringing on new oarsmen, as well as competing at a wide range of events. Coaching is part of the package offered to active members, and is paid for from membership fees. Our philosophy is based on the following:
Our head coach is Chihiro Calvin. A UKCC Level 2 coach (in both Rowing and Strength & Conditioning), Chihiro has a long pedigree with clubs both on and off the Tideway and her previous crews have an enviable list of medals and pennants to their name.
Learn to Row courses are lead by Alan Cox, a former captain and club stalwart. Alan has no formal coaching qualifications but a lifetime of rowing experience and especially loves to coach complete novices.
Rowing is a strenuous sport. If you are in any doubt about your fitness to row, you should consult your doctor or therapist.
If you have a medical condition that may require special assistance or possible intervention please let the session coach know. This is particularly important if you are asthmatic (requiring an inhaler), have a severe allergy (requiring an Epi-pen) or are taking any other medicine (such as insulin for example).
Please do not attend training if you are taken ill. Training while ill will not help you recover any quicker and there is no sense in spreading an illness to your crew mates.
Report any training injury to the session coach who should be able to advise on the best course of action to deal with it. Avoid training with a pre–existing injury.
You should also be able to swim 50 metres in light clothing or rowing kit. We are obliged to test members' swimming ability.