Information for Beginner Fencers

The beginner classes run once a week for ten weeks. The maximum number of participants is twelve (12) and the minimum number is six (6).

What to wear: Dress in long, comfortable pants (gym wear) and a T-shirt.

What to bring: Indoor sneakers with non-marking soles and a re-usable water bottle

Arrival time: Please plan to arrive about 5 minutes before the scheduled start time.

Fencing Equipment: The club provides all the fencing specific equipment needed for the beginner program at no charge. After the completion of the beginner program, you are expected to purchase a fencing glove ( about $20) and you can rent other required equipment at the start of the new term. The Damocles Equipment Policy is available here.

Damocles Code of Conduct: All members are expected to abide by the club’s Code of Conduct which is available here.

Absence from Class: If you are unable to attend a class practice, please notify the club in advance by sending an e-mail to:

Damocles Managing Illness Policy: In general, if you or your child is too sick to participate comfortably in activities and has symptoms or a condition that may affect the health of other participants, it is necessary that you or your child not attend fencing. Please take time to review the full club policy for managing illness here.

To Purchase Personal Equipment: When you are ready to purchase fencing clothing or equipment, there is some second hand equipment available at the club and a small amount of new equipment. Typically, the club will offer to place a group order for equipment at the beginning of the season (end of September) and in time for Christmas (late November). If you prefer to place your own order, the club can advise you on various suppliers for on-line purchases.