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How Do I Get Started?

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  • A really easy way to get started is to come to the Freshers’ Fair in Freshers’ week- the rowing stand will be easy to spot (look for the oars!) and we’ll let you know what’s happening.
  • There will also be a Freshers’ squash (to meet senior rowers) and a Boathouse BBQ, where you can try rowing for yourself (and have a burger too)! Look out for posters and people wearing SCBC stash in freshers’ week.

If you miss any of these events, however, you can still get involved:

  • Email anyone on the committee here
  • Put a note in the pigeon hole of anyone on the committee.
  • Ask just about anyone in college – most people will be able to help you or point you in the direction of someone who can.

No commitment is required in the first few weeks whilst we teach you the basics. We’ll then organize you into crews for the rest of term to train for (and take part in) races. The opportunities for success are almost limitless – last year both men’s and women’s boats did exceptionally well and some of those members went on to race in the top senior crews!

I Have Rowed Before

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“…the symbol of the eight, as hardly any other grouping can display, are the interacting forces. None above, none down. No egoism, no single-handed attempts, no star airs, no deviating. No illusory acting, no rivalry. Alliance, discipline, consonance, responsibility, asceticism, sacrifice, friendship. The eight simply is the ultimate CREW…”

Great! If you have rowed before, we will integrate you straight into Selwyn’s senior squad. Let the Men’s or Women’s Captains know in advance if you have any questions.

The top crews at Selwyn College Boat Club take their rowing seriously, so if you’re into rowing, you will be able to find similarly competitive people to train and race with. SCBC gives experienced rowers the opportunity to compete against other top College crews in the Bumps and in all the College races throughout the year on the Cam, as well as in major events around England including Henley and the Head of the River Race.

You can use Selwyn’s ergometers and weights free of charge for land training. The College even has a range of small boats available for students’ use, including a single sculls and pairs and even two coxed IVs. We will encourage and support you if you have ambitions to trial for the University’s varsity crews – CUBC, CUWBC and CULRC.

We are looking forward to meeting you.

Click here to get in touch with our Men’s or Women’s (Lower Boats) Captain.

Click here to see directions to the Boathouse.