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Alton Rowing Club (ARC) is committed to providing facilities for Ex-Servicemen and women who are going through a difficult time in their life. Row For Rehab is a confidential program for people experiencing PTSD. We are also able to provide programmes for others who are experiencing mental health issues.
Rowing provides a number of benefits, which clinicians and those who’ve experienced mental health issues, have said helped to make things better. Some of these are;
Exercise – one of the main benefits which helps eating and sleep.
Teamwork – helps you to feel wanted and valued.
Serenity – Being out on the water with the gentle rush of water past the boat is extremely calming, soothing and relaxing
A Way to Unwind – Stressed out? Come and bash the water, not the dog.
Greenery – For some reason, clinicians have found that the colour green aids tranquility.
Being part of a big, friendly rowing family – Wherever you go in the world, tell people you’re a rower and you’ll be welcomed in like a long lost friend.
Being able to be quiet and on your own if you want to be. – There’s plenty of opportunity to just sit there, say nothing, do nothing and relax or potter about doing odd jobs for the club.
Why Alton Rowing Club?
We have thoughtful, sensitive, fully trained coaches who will give you one-to-one tuition.
We row on a stunning stretch of water which we think is the most attractive scenery in Suffolk.
What opportunities does ARC provide?
It’s up to you. We can provide a variety of options to suit your needs;
A one hour taster session to see whether you actually like the idea of rowing. (Can be in one’s or two’s)
A one day course, which will get you rowing to quite a good basic standard. (About 3 – 4 hours on the water) This can be done individually, in groups of two or four.
A three day course which will get you rowing to a good standard. You will be given a certificate of completion and if you decide to continue rowing at a club closer to home, you will be given a letter of reference to take to your new club to introduce you to them. We may be able to help find local accommodation. Please let us know if this may be of help.
What about my family?
PTSD can affect those you love the most. So, if you want your family to join you, we’d love to see them. The only condition is that children must be aged 12 or over. If they happen to be 11 but close to a 12th birthday, please let us know and we’ll see what we can do to help. There is no cost for families.
What does this all cost?
For current and ex-servicemen and women, coming through a Combat Stress or Battle Back program, there is no charge. ARC believes you have already paid your membership fee so all tuition and facilities are free.
For all others, the charge varies but ranges from £ 140 for a day to £ 420 for a 3 day course. NHS referrals are welcome and funding may be available from various sources. Please ask for details.
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