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MWC membership - Info in English

Introduction

Welcome to the Maastrichtsche Watersport Club (MWC) website!  Founded in 1914, MWC is the oldest and largest rowing club in Limburg, the Netherlands, in addition to hosting a small fleet of members' yachting and sailing boats.

You can find us on the banks of the river Maas (Meuse), with immediate access to the rural stretch of water to Eijsden (“meetschip”), or into town, under the bridges, as far as Bosscherveld. For further location and contact details, please refer to the Contact page.

Enjoying rowing as outdoor exercise and social activity for everyone is our top priority at MWC.
Do you want to see for yourself what rowing at MWC means? Then join us on a Saturday at the club and meet members and ask for a guided tour of the premises. If you want to attend one of these gatherings, please contact siraterces.[antispam].@maastrichtsche.nl. If you have any questions about joining MWC, you can also contact our secretary. For any membership related matters, please contact our  eitartsinimdanedel.[antispam].@maastrichtsche.nl.

What does MWC offer its members?

  • MWC is home to an impressive fleet of around 60+ rrowing boats, ranging from fine single scull to 2 eights, and from restored antique wooden sculler to the latest Empacher.
  • We have a separate work-out room with 8 ergometers, available to all members.
  • Facilities are open for use every day, via the ‘druppel’(e-card).
  • Rowing lessons are organized at every level and for all age groups.
  • Rowing lessons are organized throughout the spring and summer – weather permitting –, at different times during the week and weekends.
  • A wide range of activities is open to members, such as competitive and recreational rowing, tour rowing and indoor/outdoor training sessions to keep you fit throughout the winter.

Plus ...

  • MWC undoubtedly offers the best clubroom and terrace in town, with amazing views across the river Maas and surrounding area.
  • Volunteers staff our canteen at weekends, from 11:00 to 13:00.
  • During the rowing season, volunteers also staff the canteen workday evenings between 18:30 – 21:00.
     

What does membership of MWC cost?

Membership of MWC runs per full calendar year with an annual automatic renewal in January. The amount due consists of several components – see below overview. When you first become a member after 1 September, obviously fees are prorated. Amounts owed are always settled by direct debit. The membership fees for the following year are published on the website following the ALV in autumn. If you want to terminate your membership, you have to give notice before 1 December by email to eitartsninimdanedel.[antispam].@maastrichtsche.nl.

 

Fee components for rowing membership

Fee (prices shown for 2019)

Basic fee (senior member)

€ 273

Supplement KNRB/ARB/NOC-NSF*

€ 37.45

Total

€ 310.45

* if <18 years  €21.04, plus a basic memberhsip fee of  € 51 + € 113 
   if < 21jr:   € 111 + € 113

New members pay an additional entrance fee of €42. This fee has to be paid when you sign up for membership. Those taking rowing classes pay another €30 for each year of instruction. More details can be found on the website (in Dutch).

New members and the rowing certificate system at MWC

Members of MWC have a rowing certificate (“brevet”) assigned to them, according to their rowing skills. Classification at MWC ranges from C (basic rowing skills) to class A (scull), which represents accomplished rowing in fine single scull/coxless pair. You can only take out a boat out that matches your class.

New members have two options:

  • New members without any rowing experience begin with the basic instruction; you can start rowing lessons as soon as there is a place available. Start of the instruction cycle is usually in March/ April of each year. You become a member and start paying as soon as we have added you to one of the instruction groups.
  • New members with previous rowing experience will be assessed to determine the level of their rowing skills and therefore the class they’re in. When necessary, you’ll have to take rowing lessons until you reach at least a class B certificate and/or the separate "Stuur brevet"; the compulsory “stuurbrevet” (coxing) ensures you know the local rowing rules for rowing on the Maas. With at least class B under your belt you can take a (matching) boat out by yourself.

For any questions regarding rowing lessons and assessments you can contact Christien Pullens via eitcurtsni.[antispam].@maastrichtsche.nl. New youth members (13+) are requested to contact Caro de Gaaij, also via eitcurtsni.[antispam].@maastrichtsche.nl.

Active membership - Volunteering at MWC

Practically all activities at MWC are in the hands of volunteers. Without volunteers we could not exist and do all the things that we do. This means, however, that things may not always run as smoothly as we would like. There are never enough volunteers!

Volunteering is useful to the club as a whole and its members, but also extremely rewarding in itself: it’s an ideal way to meet other people and get settled into the club.

Do you want to sign up as a volunteer? New members are usually requested to do their share by bartending a few times. And there are many options besides, like helping out in the kitchen or organizing one of the rowing events, giving rowing lessons, joining the assessment committee, touring committee, helping maintain the building and more. Please indicate your interests when signing up, under “Interests”.