Guildford Rowing Club

Voluntary helper - rowing with a disability

Guildford Rowing Club is one of the leading para rowing clubs in the country. Para rowing is rowing for people with a disability. We cater for a wide range of disabilities and capabilities. For most rowers it is enough to be able the excercise on the water in great surroundings. Others may progress to competitve events. The club is proud that four members who trained with the club progressed to the national squad and represented the UK in international events including the Paralympics.

We are seeking volunteers to help with our busy Friday mornings sessions. Under the guidance of expert coaches you will provide support to rowers both on and off the water. A number of non rowing volunteers have already made a significant contribution to our programme

What will I be doing?

  • Supporting coaches helping rowers in and out of boats
  • Setting up rowing boats to meet the needs of individual rowers and allow them to overcome their disbaility
  • Provide safety cover and steering advice from the tow path

How much time do I need to commit?

  • 3 to 4 hours on a Friday morning
  • Regular attendance is preferred but we are flexible on a session by session basis

What skills do I require?

  • You must feel comfortable working near water
  • Experience of some form of water sport including swimming is desirable
  • Strong interpersonal skills and patience
  • The physical ability to lift boats and equipment. The tasks involved are routinely done by our 14 year old juniors so the requirement is not extreme
  • You need to be fit enough to cycle up to 3 mile along the towpath in a session

What do I do next?

Contact us through Voluntary Action South West Surrey and arrange to come down to see a session and discuss what you can contribute. Your rewards will be the smile on our rowers faces and doing voluntary work in a beautiful outdoor setting