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Just Learned to Row?
Congratulations on surviving your class, and welcome to this great sport!
Here's some tips and links that may be helpful.
Take advantage of your three free rows, and go out with a buddy, if possible.
If you enjoyed the class and you are seriously thinking about joining the club, get out in an Aero and row some more. You get three free rows, so use them! Don't be shy about asking someone, one of your classmates or maybe one of your instructors, if they'll row with you.
The more you do it, the better you'll get, especially if you can get out on the water with an experienced rower. Very often, they'll give you great rowing tips.
Pay attention to when the dock is most in use and least in use.
If you time it right, go out when there isn't a lot of traffic on the dock. If you don't feel rushed, you'll make fewer mistakes. That's another reason to row with a more experienced rower -- they can help you remember all the many things you have to remember to get your boat down to the dock, in the water, and you in the boat. A good way to keep track of all of the dock activity is to check the
. It lists when the various rowing groups' (junior varsity and novice, masters women and men scullers, and sweep rowers) practices are.
Sign up for a set time.
Brand-new rowers can row with one or more experienced rowers on Saturdays at 7 am. You can sign up on this Google doc:
Beginning Scullers Saturday Sign-up
During these times, a club member will serve as "host" and provide access to the boathouse. The hosts' involvement will vary. Some are happy to help you with your boat, but may want to use the time on the water for their own workout. Others will be happy to row with you, give you tips and answer questions, and show you around the Sound.
Don't be shy. If you want to get to know the sport of rowing, hang out at the boathouse and make yourself useful.
At least once a year, there's a general boathouse clean-up day, and extra hands are always appreciated. Sometimes it's good to just go and watch experienced rowers row, either in person or on videos.
There are a lot of things to learn -- parts of the boat, coxswain commands, types of boats, types of rowing...how to remember it all?
Helpful Things to Know
Coxswain Terms for Scullers
Deciphering Rowing Terminology
Equipment Use - which boats can I row when?
Parts of the Boat
Need help finding someone to row with? Kathy Emory is down at the boathouse a lot and informally tracks who goes out when. Feel free to e-mail her or give her a call, and she'll be glad to try to find you a rowing buddy. 360-491-5695 home; 360-250-5048 cell; email@example.com