If you’re brand new to the rowing motion, we’d love to give you a week of free technical coaching through our RowFit program.
Once you’ve become familiar with the technique, Saturdays are the time for folks to join the team on the water!
Maybe you rowed back in high school or college. Maybe you’ve done crossfit, but have never made a boat go. This is your chance to put your fitness on the water!
Sign up here for a Saturday to get in a boat.
And here’s a walkthrough of what you can expect when you arrive…
What to bring
- Mask. In case we have to move practice indoors because of the weather, please have a mask with you. As long as we’re outside, though, it’s not required.
- Spandex. You’ll want to wear close-fitting athletic clothing that allows you a full range of motion but won’t get caught in the moving seat or oar handles. Check the weather to know if you might need some layers.
- Slip-on shoes. When we’re at the boathouse, wear shoes that are easy to get on and off so you can remove them quickly when you get in the boat (each boat has its own shoes inside).
- If we’re at the gym, you’ll want athletic shoes that won’t slip off your heels.
- Socks. Even though you might wear flip flops to carry your boat to the dock, you will want to bring socks as well since the shoes inside the boat can give you blisters if you don’t wear socks while you row.
- Water bottle. Proper hydration is an important part of any sport!
- A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen (depending on the season) are a good idea too…
When you arrive
Jump right in and introduce yourself. The crew will likely be preparing our equipment for practice by taking sets of oars down to the dock.
There is a bank of wooden cubbies inside the boathouse and to the right. You can stow a small gym bag if you brought one or any other items you don’t want to take out on the water with you.
Coach Grace will have “lineups” on the small whiteboard next to the cubbies–these are lists of who is in which seat in which boat, and she can talk you through them.
Once all equipment is ready, you get to jump in with the crew and learn from your peers as well as the coach.
One of the most stable kinds of boat we have is called a quad–it’s a four-person boat with two oars per person, so it’s very unlikely to tip over in the water, especially with experienced rowers on board.
Along with the three other people in your boat, you’ll carry your shell on your shoulders down to the dock and put it in the water. (Fair warning: this is probably the most uncomfortable part of practice!)
You’ll get to watch and learn how to fix the oars in the oarlocks so that they stay where they belong to provide stability and balance.
Once everyone is in the boat and you’ve shoved off from the dock, Coach Grace will walk you through the basic steps in the rowing stroke now that you have oars in your hands.
Little by little, you’ll get the hang of it, and the experienced rowers in the boat will help you out as well!
Rowing is simple to learn and impossible to perfect, so no need to fret if you feel like you aren’t “getting it” right away. No one is perfect! The gradual process of continually getting better one day at a time is what it’s all about…
Sign up for your lesson
We’d love to have you give rowing a try with our club. Fill out this form to pick a date for your visit and lesson. Coach Grace will send you a confirmation email and answer any additional questions you have.
When and Where?
Learn-to-Row practices are Saturdays from 12:30-2:30pm (except on weekends when we’re out of town racing).
Whenever the weather is row-able, you’ll find us on the waters of Tuttle Creek Reservoir.
Our boathouse is located at 7560 Spillway Marina Rd.
If we need to be indoors, we’ll be on our rowing machines at the Combative Sports Center: 116 S 4th St.
See you there!