FAQ

Your questions answered here.

How many people can fit in a boat?

Each rare batelina holds up to four people. If you have 3 children under 10 years old, you may book for four people, but list your children’s ages in Tell Us More. PLEASE NOTE: For safety reasons, if the instructor deems that the group is older, larger, or heavier than the equivalent of four adults, one person will have to stay behind.

If you have 5 people you will need two boats, also to allow plenty of rowing time for each person. We do keep boats close together for groups, this provides good photo ops as well. There is a possibility of a 5 person boat with 2 instructors for the same cost as two boats; request it when you make your booking and if it’s available, we’ll substitute that batela for the other two.

 

Are these private or group lessons? Will we be with other people?

All our lessons are private. We do not combine people, groups, or lessons.

Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes! Just create a new account for yourself, then choose Gift Certificates to purchase. You will receive a certificate with a voucher code; the recipient will use that in Promotion Code when they reserve a lesson date and time and there will be no cost to them.

Has anyone ever fallen in?

Never! Our lovely batella boats are stable, spacious and deep; the only way you’ll ever end up in the water is if you jump in on purpose.

 

My friend/spouse/companion would like to come along and watch.

That’s fine, just be aware that the cost is calculated according to the number of people in the boat, whether they row or not.

 

What should we wear?

Just wear loose, comfortable clothing and flexible shoes. On summer afternoons, it can be very warm, so bring a hat, perhaps an umbrella, and some water with you (we’ll have some, too). When it’s cool, layers are the key, because when you row you’ll warm up immediately, when you sit and ride while your companion rows, you’ll cool off just as quickly.

 

What happens if it rains?

Please reserve early in your stay in case we need to reschedule in the rare case of inclement weather. We can’t row in heavy rain, and high winds (20km / hr and above) may also prevent us from conducting your lesson.

If severe weather is predicted the day prior to your lesson, we will get in touch to reschedule. Otherwise, weather is famous here for changing quite frequently so se’ll wait until about an hour before your scheduled lesson to see if it’s possible to row.

Make sure to stay available via and/or text messages for rescheduling; if we must cancel definitively, we will refund your payment – €5 administration fee.

When should we reserve? Can we wait until we arrive?

Our Venetian rowing lessons are very popular, if you want a specific time or need more than one boat, we recommend making your reservation more than two months in advance, more if it’s during a holiday or school break week.

Where do we meet?
For directions, search Row Venice Meeting Point in Google maps, or click MEETING POINT page for detailed instructions (also in your confirmation). Be sure to keep our mobile numbers handy should you need an assistance, or to let us know you’ll be delayed.
Can you pick us up from our hotel?
We cannot, all lessons start and end at the meeting point.
I am above-average weight/height. Can I still row?
Agility is more important than weight. You need to be limber enough to get in and out of the boat, and shift around easily once you’re rowing as you trade places with your companions, etc.
Where does the lesson finish?
The lesson finishes at the starting point. We can sometimes arrange for an alternate drop-off along the return route, but this will shorten your lesson, as the batela will need to be at the starting point for the lesson following yours.
Why do you keep nagging me about a mobile phone number?

Venice is a confusing city, even for us locals. We want to know you’re on your way if you’re late, and be able to give you more directions should you need them, and let you know if there are weather problems.

We won’t contact you unless we need to, but if you are late, with a cell we can try and track you down, and if you get lost, you’ll only need to give a call or text, and we’ll guide you in. If you have no cell or smartphone, there’s nothing we can do. iMessage and Whatsapp messages work just fine.

 

Still have questions? Contact us.