Call 999 and ask for the Coastguard
If in difficulty, stay with your craft, it will provide you with extra buoyancy. A larger target is easier for rescuers to find.
Rowing is one of the oldest Olympic sports, and Dorset’s magnificent coastline and rivers are a great place to do it. Rowing is a team sport where athletes face backwards while sat in a boat using oars to propel them forward.
If you want to learn rowing, consider joining a rowing club where you can develop rowing skills and meet like-minded people.
iCoast provides links to a range of gig racing / rowing clubs in Dorset. There are different levels of membership available and being in a club means that you can use their equipment and rowing facilities.
You don’t need any prior experience or a high level of fitness to take up rowing. Club members have training sessions as a part their schedules to boost their fitness and endurance. You should, however, be able to swim in the sea for at least 100 metres.
You can take part on two types of rowing on the Dorset coast:
Competitive rowing takes place in the spring and summer months. During the winter months most clubs decide not to go out on the water but to stay inside and train in gyms.