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Yes, 95% of all Learn to Row students are complete beginners.
You should wear athletic clothing that is relatively close fitting and comfortable. General rule of thumb is nothing too baggy. Rowing garb is the same type of clothing as cyclists and runners. Tights and spandex are ideal, but shorts, sweats or comfortable pants are fine. Layering is also good for the colder months. Most rowing shells come with shoes in them, but you should always wear socks in the boat and some footwear you do not mind getting wet while you are on the dock. Do not forget a bottle of water and a hat if it is a sunny day.
All of our rowing shells have sliding seats, with the majority being sculling boats (2 oars/rower) and some being sweep boats (1 oar/rower). This club focuses primarily on sculling at this time.
If you have a desire to learn, we have the desire to teach you. The great thing about rowing is anyone can do it. No matter whether you are 5’2 or 6’4, have rowed before or have never heard of the sport before now, our Learn To Row program can accommodate you. Our boats can hold individuals up to 285 lbs and any height.
While your on-water experiences will help with your balance and boat sense, rowing is completely different; the technique and equipment is unique. Learn to Row is important for that reason.
It is our goal to always be ‘on’ the water and not ‘in’ the water. That said, rowing is a water sport and occasionally rowers end up in the water. Our coaches are equipped to handle these situations quickly and safely.
Gloves are not recommended for rowing, as one of the things we focus on is developing good bladework (the technique of positioning the blade to enter the water at the correct angle). Having direct contact with the oar handle is essential to ‘feel’ when the blade is in the correct place.
Rowing is a sport for all ages and levels, so its never too late to learn to row.
The season is weather dependent. Water safety is top priority, when water levels and temperatures are safe, the boats can be in the water. The season usually starts around the end of April, early May and runs until the end of October.
Upon successful completion of the Beginning Sculling class and joining the club, new rowers are invited to participate in the our seasonal rowing. Rows are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
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