Welcome to DSR. Danske Studenters Roklub, DSR, (the Danish Students Rowing Club), is the largest as well as one of the oldest rowing clubs in Denmark. We are proud to welcome you to our club where we combine high standards of rowing with lots of other activities and social events.
Rowing in DSR ranges from the occasional trip aiming for exercise, fresh air and the fun of it to very competitive rowing in all kind of boats: inriggers, outriggers, coastal and skiffs. If you don’t know how to row we can teach you.
As a supplement to rowing DSR offers kayaking and polo kayak. During the winter season we offer a wide range of activities rowing (ergometer), gymnastics (including circle training), yoga, swimming, badminton, orienteering and much more. Summer and winter you can Mondays to Thursdays buy a meal after sports activities and enjoy it with your rowing friends. The social life includes hanging out afterwards to the occasional party.
Except for our section for elite rowing, which is situated at Bagsværd Lake North of Copenhagen (to take advantage of the somewhat calmer inland waters), all our activities evolve around our club and boat house, conveniently located at Svanemøllen (not far from the centre of Copenhagen).
DSR is a club in the best sense of the word. It is a community where we rely on each other – both in the boat, in making the club work and when it comes to having fun. If you invest time and enthusiasm in DSR you will get your investment back with interest.
I have not rowed on a regular basis before. How do I learn to row?
You will have to participate in our instruction classes. The first instruction class (“Førstegangsinstruktion”) one always takes place Saturdays 13.00 or Mondays 17.00. You must register in advance for this. The following classes take place Mondays 17.15 and Thursdays 17.15. For the following classes registration is not necessary, but please be there on time to make sure you get on the water! Usually it takes 8 to 10 classes before a rower is deemed fit to row without an instructor in the boat (in Danish called “roret”).
From the end of October to the end of March we have introduction sessions on Sundays at 10.30 in ergometers for beginners. At 11.30 we have instruction for experienced rowers. Please meet in the hall 10 minutes beforehand ready to row. Following a few of these you can join other programs for the rest of the season. To start instruction it is a prerequisite that you have become a member of DSR – see below.
I have rowed on a regular basis before. What do I do?
Outdoor season. You will still have to participate in our instruction classes in order to learn the Danish commands, but you can simply turn up Mondays 17.15 or Thursdays 17.15 to get started. Please tell the person in charge of instruction that particular day, that you are a foreign rower who is here to learn the Danish commands. To prepare yourself, please download the PDF file below: “Danish Rowing Commands and Terms – translation and explanation.”
To start instruction it is a prerequisite that you have become a member of DSR – see below.
When do you offer instruction classes?
We offer outdoor instruction classes (first class) from the beginning of April through mid-August and normal instruction classes (second to tenth classes) on Mondays and Thursdays from the beginning of April through September. Also, we offer “odd instructions” (skæve instruktioner), which is instruction on different times. Here you organise a tour with other new rowers and an instructor yourself.
We offer indoor instruction classes for beginners every Sunday at 10.30, and classes for rowers with some experience at 11.30. Both classes are offered from the end of October to the end of March. Following a few of these you can join other programs for the rest of the season.
Do I have to speak or understand Danish?
Some of our instructors are willing and able to instruct in English, but unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee instruction in languages other than Danish. Besides the problem of understanding the instructors, for safety reasons we require that every rower be able to understand and follow the commands given in Danish. This means that you will have to know some Danish before you start at DSR.
How do I speak “ROWING” in Danish
Here are some useful terms in Danish for when you go rowing
What activities do you offer?
You can see the various activities during the week here: Weekly program outdoor and/or Weekly program indoor.
How do I get started – how do I become a member of DSR?
First, you apply for membership by filling in the form here. Assuming you have a Danish bank account, then you pay the electronic bank transfer card as per the e-mail confirming your membership. Please bring the confirmation of the payment you make to the first instruction class as this is required to get you signed up when you arrive for the first instruction class.
Alternatively, you can pick up a bank transfer card in the boathouse. In that case, please remember to fill out the back of the card before you pay.
Are there other conditions for starting at DSR?
To start instruction / rowing outdoor you must be able to swim 400 meters without a life jacket, which you have to confirm with your signature. To start rowing there is no other specific requirements as such as long as you are in reasonable shape and are able to get in and out of a boat yourself.
Furthermore, you will be required to do a “chore” for the club (in Danish called “kanintjans”); for instance, helping out in the kitchen or at a party in the club.
Can I see the club, before I sign up?
Yes – you are very welcome to drop by our club house (address at the bottom of this page). If you drop by Mondays to Thursdays between 19.00 and 20.00 you are very likely to meet rowers, who you can talk to and who may have spare time to show you around.
Do you have to be a student to become a member?
No – in fact, most of our members are university graduates.
How much is the membership fee?
The membership fee is DKK 780 per quarter year (2017 season).
For members under the age of 25 years, the quarterly fee is DKK 520 (2017 season)
and for members under the age of 20, the quarterly fee is DKK 260 (2017 season).
The first time membership fee is always 780 DKK (independent of age) and must be paid before you start rowing at DSR.
The amount is 830 DKK if you pay from a foreign bank, because DSR must pay 50 DKK fee for receipt of the payment.
How do I pay my membership fee, If I don’t have a Danish bank account?
Simply transfer the money to our bank:
Account no.: 0005003466
Bank reg. no.: 1551
IBAN: DK31 3000 0005 0034 66
Do you have other questions?
Please, contact the instructors on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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