Our beginning rower classes are strenuous, requiring flexibility and agility on the part of the student. As a minimum, we expect the student to:
- Be a good swimmer
- Weight less than 220 pounds
- Be able to do moderate exercise for an hour
- Be able to sit down on the floor unaided by furniture from a standingposition, and then stand back up, thus simulating gettin into/out of a boat
- Be at least 16 years old
- US rowing waiver is required in order to participate
STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Dress appropriately for the weather. We row rain or shine so long as there isn't any thunder or lightning.
- Oar handles and wheels on sliding seats can get caught on loose fitting t-shirts and shorts. Most prefer to wear spandex type shorts with a t-shirt you can tuck in.
- Rings & wrist barcelets should not be worn.
- Bring socks. Rowing shoes (13 size fits all) are already mounted in the boats, socks are required.
- Wear flip-flops or tennies that you don't care about.
- Bring water with you in the boat.
- Bring as few valuables as possible. Keys can be locked inside the boathouse while rowing.
- Toilet facilities are available in the boathouse.
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and caps are advised.
- Be ready to have FUN!
WHAT TO EXPECT
- You may be in a scull or a sweep shell, depending on the number of rowers we have on any scheduled rowing date.
- Everyone helps put boats in and out of the water. It is imperative you understand the basic Coxswain commands for how the boat is lifted, carried, and set into the water. Teamwork on and off the water is important.