There is something hypnotic about the synchronized strokes of a rowing crew propelling themselves across a body of water in the early morning.
Despite the romance of the image, there is no denying that rowing is not for the faint-hearted. Rowing is not only a team sport, but also a grueling full-body work out that strengthens body and mind.
For some, the call of the river may have sounded during high school, so the discipline of rowing is deeply engrained. For late-starters, keen to take up an oar, the exact way of going about it may be confusing.
The NSW Rowing Association (NSWRA) oversees the state's rowing competitions and regattas, as well as providing coaching accreditation. Presiding over 30 rowing clubs in NSW, the NSWRA can be a valuable resource for anyone keen to pick up the sport or revisit it after taking some time out.
As a general rule of thumb, any suburb of Sydney that is close to water will have a rowing club, so choosing the precise club for you will depend largely on geography. For anyone who lives close to Longueville, the Mosman Rowing Club also offers services for all levels of ability.