Appropriate rowing attire is important for safety and performance. The best clothing for rowing is soft, stretchy, breathable, and fairly form fitting. Wear clothing and shoes you do not mind getting wet, muddy, or salty. Here are a few important, general guidelines.
Secure tennis shoes, water sox, or other stable footwear (no sandles or flipflops) Depending on the tide, you may have to wade through water to get to the dock, so wear shoes that can get wet. We also walk on old oyster shells to the boathouse and dock.
Fitted shorts without pockets as fingers/oar handles may become caught. Loose shorts can get caught in the slides under the moving seats,
Fitted shirt that allows flexible shoulder movement. Dry-fit fabric, if possible. Fairly tight fitting tops are best as they won’t get caught up in the oar handle.
Protect yourself from the effects of extreme heat and sun. Hydrate, wear a hat, water-resistant sunblock and sunglasses. On occasion, bug spray may be helpful.