Expenses involved with rowing for the Unley High School Rowing Club, indicative of 2017/2018 season are as follows:
Fees are approximately $460 per year. Half of this amount is invoiced in February for first semester and the remaining half in September for second semester. This fee includes registration, regatta entry fees, coaching, equipment and boat levy.
There are two five day Rowing Camps held each year at Walker Flat. The Spring Camp is held in September and attendance is encouraged. Summer Camp is held in the week prior to school commencing in January and is the first opportunity for our new Year 8 rowers to get involved with the club as a whole. Camp costs are approximately $245.
Initially, most rowers purchase a rowing top for $30. Alternatively, a zoot suit can be ordered for around $70, however Unley rowers generally wait until Year 10 before purchasing these.
It is a requirement that all rowers must wear a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a T-shirt with sleeves for sun protection.
The season culminates with the Head of River Regatta and, in the evening, the Head Of River Dinner. Attendance at the dinner costs approximately $45 per head.
Students selected into the Specialist Rowing Program, with ?Rowing? as one of their Year 8 subjects, will incur an additional subject levy. This levy covers the costs of bus hire, coaching payments, and other rowing-associated costs.
The expenses to participate in rowing may initially appear quite high. However, they are no more expensive than sports where you have to pay a weekly fee or pay stadium entry. The students are also accessing very expensive equipment, for example, a racing eight and oars cost approximately $38,000.