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1. What should I wear? 

Wear comfortable and well fitting workout clothing - nothing too loose or baggy that can get caught in the sliding seat or an oar handle.  In colder weather, use layers that can be taken off when warm and put back on to warm up. 

Bicycling gear is great for rowing and paddling - it fits well, is highly visible, has longer tails, breathes, protects, and has two way zippers. Modern technical fibers wick moisture away from the skin to give superior comfort when exercising hard. 

Other articles to consider while on the water: a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and water. Scullers may find a cycling rear-view mirror convenient and safe.

The shoes you wear to the dock will be taken off to row, so while they should provide good deck traction and be able to get wet, they don't matter while rowing (unless you need to bail the shell out in the uncommon event of getting swamped).

2.  What should I eat or drink before working out? 

This is quite individual, but a good practice is to eat about 200 calories from whole grains and fruit an hour or more before exercise.  Drink water before, during, and after exercise to stay hydrated.  Many people can perspire a pint of fluid per 1/2 hour of hard exercise.

3.  What is the program? 

In addition to special Learn to Row classes, Novice/Intermediate morning rowers practice Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 5 to 7 a.m. and Saturday morning from 7 to 9 a.m., and  Novice/Intermediate afternoon rowers practice Monday and Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 8 to 10 a.m.  Advanced program rowers practice Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:15 a.m. to 7 a.m., with additional practices on an as needed basis in preparation for major regattas.  Most scullers row in the mornings, and special coached clinics are scheduled during the warmer/lighter months.  Basic sculling instruction is available to all members.

4.  What are the costs? 

BIAC membership dues are $400 per year, which includes a contribution toward equipment purchases and facility maintenance. 

Coaching fees depend on the number of rowers in a program, but average $60 per month for most programs.  Regatta expenses are shared by those rowing in the regatta, and include entry fees, truck rental and fuel expenses for trailering boats and can include coaching expenses.  Local regatta expenses are usually less than $20 per person. Major regattas (such as the Head of the Charles in Boston/Cambridge) may also include more substantial travel related expenses.  Regatta participation is always optional.

5.  What are my other obligations to BIAC? 

BIAC is run entirely by the volunteer efforts of its members.  Each member is required to devote at least 12 hours per year in volunteer duties, and many members contribute significantly more hours to BIAC.  Your time, energy, and skills make a major contribution to BIAC.

6. Do you rent kayaks or shells or sailboats?

We do not have a rental program at this time. If you wish to rent a kayak or sailboat, try Spinnaker Sailing in the Redwood City Marina or the Shoreline Lake facility in Mt. View.

Equipment at BIAC is for the use of our programs and community members. BIAC hosts Learn to Row classes for new and prospective members, but we do not have a rental program at this time.

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