Avon and Somerset Police Rowing Club (ASPRC) rows on the River Avon from the Bristol Ariel RC clubhouse in St Annes, Bristol. We’ve got our own coxed four and coxless pair, plus access to Ariel’s land-training equipment. We’re a small section but are keen to expand and would welcome new rowers, whether experienced or novice. Our focus each year tends to be the national (PSUK) Police Rowing Championships, held in 2011 in Totnes in Devon, but we also regularly enter open events across the country and even, on occasion, internationally.
Our regular rowers tend to have had previous experience at school, university or another club but if you’re a novice, don’t let that put you off. Bristol Ariel RC introduces people to the sport regularly; we can integrate new-comers into their programme or slot you in with other Avon and Somerset Constabulary staff. The first few sessions will be very much focussed on technique so there’s no need to get fit just to come down and see if it’s for you.
For those of you who’ve rowed previously, you’ll probably be able to start using the section’s equipment almost immediately. We don’t currently have fixed outing times so if you’d like to get back into it, schedules could be tailored to suit you. Our men’s open four has been settled for a number of years so a challenge for seats would be welcome, to help us up our game! On the women’s side, there are a number of experienced rowers around the force – we just need a few more to create a sustainable squad. We’ve tended in the past to race mainly at local events such as the Saltford, Bristol, Gloucester and Ross regattas, with occasional trips to races such as the (London) Head of the River Race, the Head of the Lagan, Tyne Head and FISA World Masters Championships. We’re open to new suggestions.
Safety is an important aspect of any water-sport. Our Club Water Safety Advisor carries out an annual assessment of our equipment and procedures to ensure they’re up to scratch. We’ll ask you to confirm that you can swim sufficiently well to be out on the water and ensure you know what’s expected of you when using ASPRC equipment.