So you want to row at Balmain? Great! If you have never rowed before, you should sign up to our learn to row course. If you have some previous rowing experience, you can sign straight up with our club as either a Full, Casual, or Supporter member. This three-tiered structure allows us to tailor your membership to best suit your individual goals. Read on to find out more!
Full membership is the most common form of membership to the club, and entitles you to train, race and use the equipment as often as you would like, subject only to your own rowing ability. You may participate in any of Balmain's coached squads and enter any club-level races, as well as using BRC's training and racing equipment. Provided you are a member of Balmain, and a member of the state rowing association, all club-level regatta and racing fees are paid by the club, so you don't need to pay anything else!
Full membership includes the ability to:
- Vote at meetings of the association,
- Attend social and training events at a subsidized rate,
- Race in all club-level regattas with seat fees paid by BRC,
- Train in all racing squads and receive regular coaching,
- Use the boats as often as you would like, and
- Use any of the boats that you are competent to take out.
Casual membership is for the rower who wants to row regularly, but only recreationally. Casual membership includes use of the training boats up to twice per week, and access to casual coaches who can provide some stroke-correction and advice, but who do not conduct regular coaching sessions. Casual membership allows regular rowing and training, but does not include the ability to race. Casual membership is perfect for rowers looking to keep fit and have fun, but not row competitively right now.
Casual membership includes the ability to:
- Use the training boats up to twice per week
- Receive occasional coaching
- Race in the J B Sharp winter series (for novice and recreational rowers!)
- Attend social and training events
- Vote at meetings of the association
- Most importantly: Casual membership is a cheaper option for those who do not wish to race or row competitively!
If you are interested in the club, or have a friend, relative or work-colleague who rows for BRC, the best way to help support them is to become a supporter member of our club! At only $20 for an annual membership, supporter members are an important part of the club and will be able to attend and participate in all functions at the club, receive our newsletter, and be given preferential placement in our future learn-2-row courses and membership applications. Your membership fees go straight into supporting the rowers at the club and keeping us afloat on the water, and make you an integral part of our membership body!Supporter members receive:
- Tigeroars - our rowing club's newsletter
- Preferential placement in future Learn-2-row courses and membership
- Access to our many social functions including our end-of-season Presentation night!
- The ability to jump in an try out the sport of rowing at a 'supporter day' - run by our rowers for the supporters!
Temporary membership - Temporary membership allows interstate and overseas visitors to take out a month-by-month full or casual membership of the club at 10% of the yearly cost per month. This is a great option for those away from home who want to experience rowing on our beautiful harbour!
Junior membership - BRC is committed to getting young kids rowing: we offer a subsidised rate for all junior members (under 21 and full-time students), which is perfect if you (or your child) are looking for a sport to take up, or are looking for a rowing club to continue in the sport. Club rowing is VERY different from school rowing - we simply have more fun! So come down and give our club a try.
Beginner membership - (Note: Subject to availability and demand)The beginner membership is a special class of membership for members who are just starting their rowing careers and do not want to sign up for a yearly membership immediately. This is a limited form of membership, allowing members to attend only once a week, and only in a beginner's squad, for a maximum of 4-6 months. After this time beginner rowers will be integrated into the club, and can choose a full or casual membership.
Past-Active Members - If you've previously been a member of BRC you can sign up as a past-active member and still stay in touch with an occasional row with the club - please contact us to discuss this further.
Coxswains and Coaches - BRC is always looking for coxswains and coaches - if you are interested in coxing or coaching for the club, please contact us to discuss this further.