Up to what age can I start rowing ?

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    Feb 18, 2014 9:14 PM GMT
    Hi, I'm 21 and I've always fancied rowing but never tried. Is it to late to start ?

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  • Destinharbor

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    Feb 18, 2014 9:33 PM GMT
    No, of course not. Find a club team and jump in. But you'd better plan on living in one of a limited number of towns post-graduation that has club teams and access to facilities. And expect it to be not cheap-- those boats are expensive and without a college who pays for the boats, it can be a pricey sport. But probably no more than golf.
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    Feb 18, 2014 9:37 PM GMT
    If you mean starting rowing for a college team, you have to understanding that it is a lifestyle and will require tons of dedication (trainings 6 days per week/early mornings). I would try to see if I coule be a walk on or maybe if you have a local club you can start there?
  • Bunjamon

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    Feb 19, 2014 3:42 AM GMT
    It's never too late to start anything. You might not ever qualify for the Olympics, win a Nobel, play at Carnegie Hall, or whatever, but that shouldn't stop you!
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    Feb 19, 2014 3:46 AM GMT
    Bunjamon saidIt's never too late to start anything. You might not ever qualify for the Olympics, win a Nobel, play at Carnegie Hall, or whatever, but that shouldn't stop you!

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    Feb 19, 2014 2:24 PM GMT
    Thanks a lot for the answers.
    Of course, I don't want to be at a competition level, I was just wondering if it's ok to do it just for leisure being an adult.

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  • starboard5

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    Feb 19, 2014 5:20 PM GMT
    Arkitop saidHi, I'm 21 and I've always fancied rowing but never tried. Is it to late to start ?

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    You're not at all too late. There are rowing clubs that offer programs for most ages. I didn't start until I was 20 and rowed competitively until I was 24.
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    Feb 19, 2014 5:42 PM GMT
    Arkitop saidThanks a lot for the answers.
    Of course, I don't want to be at a competition level, I was just wondering if it's ok to do it just for leisure being an adult.

    Thanks again ! icon_biggrin.gif

    Did you have in mind team rowing, or individual rowing (sculling) or paddling? If team, they will set the criteria, so inquire of them.

    You can paddle a single or double kayak at any age, really very simple, and good exercise for the upper body. I see guys river kayaking right outside my window here every day. And you get to see where you're going, rather than with sculling (unless articulated). Or try canoeing, which some prefer especially for fishing, although I favor the kayak myself.

    Lots of places for you to row or paddle in Canada, at least in summer. And a kayak, canoe or single scull can be carried on a car roof rack if the water isn't nearby.
  • Suetonius

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    Feb 19, 2014 7:15 PM GMT
    Unless you're training to be a navy SEAL, best to wait for warm weather for on the water rowing. Otherwise, never too late.
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Feb 19, 2014 7:45 PM GMT
    As a Rower - what everyone else said. There's no time like the present to take up an absolutely amazing sport! icon_biggrin.gif Go for it!!!!!!

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    99? Just saying!
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    Mar 03, 2014 3:57 AM GMT
    I started at the ripe age of 27! I joined a local rowing club, started indoor training, and then began sculling and sweeping this past summer. I joined an indoor program with a colleague and have stuck with it since. I've competed in two regattas on the river and just participated in the World Indoor Rowing Championships. I had zero experience over a year ago (by no means am I amazing now). I spend 3-5 days a week rowing. It's a great sport to get into. I recommend trying!
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    Mar 24, 2014 4:40 PM GMT
    The good news is, there is no upper age limit as far as I can tell.

    I started in 2011 at age 61. I am still training building skills necessary to compete with really accomplished rowers of the same age. Some things may be easier to learn in our youth.

    If you want to row, find a learn to row program at a local boat house. Of course, that assumes there is a rowing club where you live. If you are in Seattle, may I suggest the Pocock Rowing Center (PRC).

    Good luck!
  • truetub

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    Mar 24, 2014 5:31 PM GMT
    I started rowing while in university, and I'm STILL rowing competitively. To do that, and be your best, be sure you're OK with using almost all your spare time training. But there's no better sport-on the water, uses your whole body, but in a good way.

    I've never known such pain, or exhilaration!
  • sideout

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    Mar 24, 2014 5:41 PM GMT
    It's one of those late-entry sports. Sure, if you want to compete at a high level you have to really change into the lifestyle (early flat water mornings), but if you're going for leisure anytime works! If you're doing it for fun, try to avoid the erg, it kinda ruins the pleasure of rowing for me haha.