The Progression Squad is aimed at women who wish to improve their technique and develop good training habits. Many members of the squad joined after completing learn to row courses at Cantabs or other clubs.
The squad trains all year round, averaging 3 water outings per week in the summer (Thursday evening, Saturday morning, Sunday morning), and 2 in the winter (Saturday and Sunday mornings). Land training consists of weekly erg sessions.
There are some opportunities to learn to scull for those whose only experience of rowing is in sweep boats. Several members of the squad are keen scullers and go out in small boats on top of regular outings.
The main racing focuses for the Progression Squad are based on the Cam, with a select few off-Cam races.
The squad is coached by David Winch, who has led them to great improvements through the last few years. Recently they have won Novice 8+ events at various on-Cam races, and are looking to continue this improvement. You can read more about our women’s coaches here.
As indicated by the name, the aim of this squad is to help its members to build the skills they need to develop their rowing and begin to become confident racers. Squad members are encouraged to aspire to ‘move up’ through our squad system, into our Intermediate Squad and beyond, though this isn’t a requirement if you like the training and racing load of the Progression Squad. A number of members of the current squad have been rowing for many years, and the training times and racing aims suit their lives outside of rowing well.
If you are interested in finding out more about this squad, please contact the Women’s Captain, Ellie Darlington.