Traditional rowing is a fantastic, accessible way to experience the river for both novices and experts.
The stable nature of the skerry boat will calm any newcomers nerves and help develop confidence, physical coordination, and teamwork skills within a group.
You don't need to be tall or particularly strong or athletic - anyone can have a go at traditional rowing. All you need is a willingness to have a go!
A skerry is a modern design of boat, perfect for introducing new rowers to the river.
The boat is designed to...
allow up to 8 persons to row together with a cox and passenger
have sufficient additional space for up to 3 passengers (including a coach)
be a safe boat for as wide a range of conditions as anyone would want to go rowing in
be as fast and responsive as possible, accepting the need to be safe
be easy to row and steer
be robust and easy to maintain
help continue the ancient tradition of wooden clinker boat construction
Unlike "fine boat rowing" (that you might see in the Olympics) the skerry enables social interaction between coaches and rowers and between rowers and enables a coach to move between rowers to assist in times of difficulty or when needing to demonstrate techniques.
There is little doubt that there are few better boats to introduce new rowers to any water environment.
The Support Team and Coaches are made up from a number of experienced river users.
All coaches are advanced DBS checked and and trained to provide structured support to new rowers learning to enjoy both the activity, and the environment.