Becoming a member of Newport Rowing Club is easy, a great way to get fit and meet new friends.
Our ever expanding membership includes juniors, men’s and ladies senior squads and recreational rowers. We are well equipped to coach you in both rowing and sculling, on some of the safest waters on the Island. Safety is a priority for us at Newport, which means you will usually see our safety launches on the river during training sessions.
Potential new members at Newport are invited to come along to any Sunday club session, where they will be offered up to three “try-out” sessions before committing to full membership.
Our fees are very competitive when compared to a lot of other sports and the costs of a yearly gym membership. All the necessary equipment and coaching is included in the subscription fee.
Our membership fees run from October to October, but we also offer a pro-rata system for first year members.
Bespoke rowing kit is available from our own specialist supplier, but club kit in Newport colours is only a real necessity if you go on to compete at regattas and other events.
Ideal clothing for beginners includes a close fitting base layer T-shirt, some lycra shorts or leggings and a lightweight showerproof top. We always advise our members to bring along a towel and complete set of spare clothing in case you are caught in a sudden downpour or in the very unlikely event of a capsize.
As getting into and out of the boats requires standing shin deep in the river, some form of footwear that is okay to get wet is required and may take the form of an old pair of trainers, flip-flops, wet-shoes or wellington boots. We have a selection of wellies at the club which you are welcome to use, but unless you have two left feet, one being a size 4 and the other a size 12 and have a particular keenness for one green wellie and one with pictures of ladybirds on it, you’re probably better off bringing your own.
Our membership criteria is not complicated, and is designed to encourage people in to the sport, however we will need to be made aware of any potential medical conditions which may affect your training sessions, and be able to verify your ability to swim at least 50 metres, unaided, in light clothing. For non-swimmers, it is a requirement that a low-profile lifejacket or buoyancy aid is worn, which we can provide.
Junior members will need to have the signature of a parent or guardian on their membership application form, in order for us to verify certain points of membership criteria. Parents or guardians of juniors are most welcome to stay and observe training sessions from the riverbank or our balcony, or perhaps get involved themselves.