Where is the student aquatic center located?

The Student Aquatic Center (SAC) is located directly across from the TRECS gym, in between it and Andy Holt.

Where is the boatfence located?

Directions to the boatfence can be found under the “About” tab under “The Boatfence”

Are hotel costs covered in our dues?

Yes, all transportation, lodging, and race entry fees are covered in your dues.

How competitive is the club?

We are very competitive. We are trying hard to expand the club, go to more races, and practice more often with the goal of becoming an even better team.

What if I've never rowed before?

If you’ve never rowed before, we’ll teach you! Many if not most of us had no rowing experience until we came to college, when we were taught how to row during our novice year.

If I've rowed before, am I automatically on varsity?

This depends. If we need rowers for varsity, and you’ve rowed before, there is a good chance you will race with the varsity. However, if we have a smaller number of brand new novices, you might race in the novice boats. It isn’t black or white however; some rowers race in both novice and varsity races at the same regattas.

How do I become a member of the varsity?

You become a member of the varsity after you have rowed for one year.

Are there morning practices?

Currently we do have optional morning workouts, although it is heavily encouraged that you attend these workouts. If you don’t improve yourself, the whole boat suffers. Only the most dedicated crews with walk away with the gold at the end of the day.

The semester started a few weeks ago…can I still join?

Although the best time to join is at the beginning of the semester, you should be fine to join within the first few weeks to first month after the semester begins. Be prepared to put in the work to catch up though.

Is the team coed?

Yes, we have both men and women on our team, in roughly equal numbers.

What if I have a class during practice time?

Missing one practice a week for class is fine, twice a week is pushing it, three times and you probably won't see much race time. It is essential that rowers practice in their race lineups as often as possible, as this leads to the fastest improvement.

When is the rowing season?

Rowing has two seasons: Fall and spring. In the fall we race 5000m races (called head races). Spring races are 2000m sprints. Regattas generally are during held during October-November and March-April. During the summer, most of our atheletes condition themselves so they don't lose their edge during the off season. Erging during the summer is hightly encouraged.

Is there a weight limit?

In general no, except in extreme cases.

Is there an age limit?

Anyone enrolled as a student or faculty member at the University of Tennessee can join the team.

Who coaches the club?

Currently the team is coached by Bill Waugh, a TEnnessee Crew alumnus and UT Graduate, class of 1995.

I’m interested in rowing, but you seem very competitive. What if I want a more casual rowing experience?

Although we are a club, we strive to be extremely competitive in both our practice and our performance. Though we’d like to be a social rowing club, at the end of the day we’re on this team to win races. Come out and give it a try, and maybe you’ll catch the rowing bug. However, if you only plan on showing up a couple times a week and don’t care about races, this isn’t the club for you.

What if I’m too small to row?

If you’re small, you might make a great lightweight rower of coxswain! The cutoff for Male and Female collegiate lightweight rowers is 160lb and 130lb respectively. Lightweights race in separate races than heavyweight (or open weight) rowers, although there isn’t any rule about a lightweight also racing in heavyweight races. If you’re REALLY small (around <120/<5’4” for a girl or <140/<5’7” for a guy) you’d make a great coxswain! Coxswains (or just cox’s) are just as integral to rowing as the rowers themselves. Even so, if you’re 5’ and 100lb and you want to row, we’ll let you row.

Am I too out of shape to row?

Rowing is a very taxing sport. That said, if you come with a drive to put in the work and put in 100%, you shouldn’t have a problem. Rowing is also a fantastic way to get in shape.

What should I wear to practice?

Spandex shorts (similar to biking shorts) should be worn to water practices along with a comfortable tshirt or tank top that doesn’t impede arm movement. Always bring socks for water practices, and running shoes in case the weather turns bad and we jog during practice.. For land practices and workouts, general workout attire is to be worn, along with running or tennis shoes.

How do we get to regattas?

We take large 12 passenger vans to regattas.

When do we practice?

Morning practice is from 6-7am at the Student Aquatics Center. Afternoon practice is from 5-7pm. The location for afternoon practice can change depending on weather and Coach Waugh's plans for the day.

What if it rains? Do we still row?

If it’s a light rain, without wind or lightning, we’ll still go out on the water. If it gets very windy, or it starts to thunder and lightning, we will cancel water practice. If conditions are unsafe to go out we will have a workout practice or an erg practice.

What is an erg?

An erg (or ergometer) is a rowing machine. The standard for the competitive rowing world are Concept II indoor rowers. When we aren’t rowing on the water, we’re rowing on the erg. The erg is a fantastic tool to teach basic stroke technique, as well as to measure rowers’ performance. Performance on the erg is generally measured by the rowers split (effectively their speed in a boat, measured by time to cover 500m). Lower splits indicate a faster speed/more power. Ex: You row 1000m in 4:00, your average split was 2:00/500m

Who do we race against?

Most private universities or large public universities will have a rowing team. Some of the ones we have raced against include Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, UTC, Tulane, Texas, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, College of Charleston, UCF, Rollins, Murray State, Cincinnati, Dayton, Oklahoma, Baylor, Sewanee, William & Mary, Duke, UNC, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, and others.

How long does a race last?

A 5000m race generally lasts about 18-22 minutes, and a 2000m race lasts 6:30 to 8:00 minutes.

What is the difference in sculling and sweeping?

Sweeping is where each rower has a single large oar off to one side. For instance, there will be four rowers with oars to port, four with oars to starboard. In sculling, each rower has one oar in each hand. We currently only row sweep on UT Crew.

What is a coxswain?

The coxswain (or cox) is the person who steers the boat and directs the rowers. Anytime a boat is doing anything other than sitting on the rack, the coxswain directs the rowers in that boat, both on and off the water. The cox also motivates the crew during races. The cox communicates to the crew through a headset that is wired to speakers throughout the boat. In an eight, the cox sits in the stern, while in a four the cox is in the bow. Most pairs do not have a coxswain.

What is a regatta?

A regatta is a rowing meet, where many crews come together to race. There are often many races throughout the day with different age groups, weight classes, and boat types for each race.

What do port and starboard mean?

Port and starboard are nautical terms for left and right. When facing the front of a boat (the bow), port is to the left, and starboard is to the right. However, while rowing we sit backwards. Even so, the directions do not change. So, when seated facing backwards in a boat, port will be to your right and starboard to your left, relative to your sitting position.