Rowing is an outdoor sport. Here are some clothing guidelines.
For the summer and early fall, dress for the hot days, and think about sun protection. Regular tennis shoes and socks, shorts, t shirt, a hat, perhaps sunglasses, sun screen. It gets really hot out there on the pond. Bring a filled water bottle, which will be left at the boathouse.
For the late fall and early spring, we will row when it is cold, and it may also be raining.
On the legs - Clothing needs to be close-fitting to the body. These can be long pants, leggings or actual tights. Snug shorts with short inseams are fine. Baggy shorts (such as basketball shorts with long inseams) are NOT okay, as they catch in the tracks and can cause surprise and actual injury. Form-fitting lycra shorts are standard in the rowing community. Really baggy cotton sweatpants are especially bad, because they’re cotton, and because they’re too loose. Full-length running/trail pants are a good choice. DO NOT WEAR COTTON.
On the torso - A top that is snug or close-fitting is important. NO COTTON, please, particularly as days in early spring are often cold, windy and wet. Include a wind- and rain-resistant layer. No open pockets, please, as the extra material can snag the fingers and cause surprise and again, actual injury. Zipped pockets are okay.
On the feet - Regular tennis shoes with socks are fine. Many days we’ll run a few minutes and do some calisthenics. Shoes are left on shore while in the boat.
On the head - A hat is fine if you want sun protection. A knit hat can be helpful in early spring. Please do NOT wear a hood, as it interferes with rowing awareness for the athlete.
For the eyes - Sunglasses can be helpful to protect the eyes from the water glare. (But it’s also just one more thing to lose.)
On the hands - Blisters and callouses are a part of rowing life. If hands get too tender it is perfectly respectable to row for a few sessions with very thin gloves while the hands heal and harden. You may want to purchase a pair of thin golfing gloves now so that they’re ready when needed. They also help keep the hands warm on cold windy days. Thick gloves are NOT okay, as the grip tends to slip, and they limit tactile feedback.
Extra clothes - Athletes will get warm moving around, but when we stop, they will get cold. Note that it is useless to put dry layers on over already wet cotton.
Hydration - There is no guaranteed water supply at the boathouse, so bring a filled water bottle for hydration.