This program meets twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 - 7:30pm at the Grand Rapids boathouse. Additionally, there will be a final mini-regatta and cookout (at which family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend!) at 6 pm on Friday, October 21 at the boathouse. Please mark that date on your calendar.
This class is designed for first time rowers. Beginners will be taught the basics of the rowing stroke, how to handle the equipment and will spend much of the time on the water having fun with their classmates and enjoying the sport.
Based on feedback from previous years' students, we have extended the class from four to six weeks, and are also departing slightly from the format of previous years classes. This class has much less emphasis on speed and competition, and rather will focus more on student enjoyment, technique, and working well with your crew mates.
The content of all 100-level sessions is the same; intermediate (200 level) for sweep rowing and sculling (300 level) classes are also available.
What to bring: Rowing is a good workout. Wear workout clothes. Wear tight-fitting shorts (spandex if you dare), as loose-fitting clothes will get caught in the rowing shell's mechanisms. Wear socks that you are not afraid to get dirty - really dirty - and shoes that you can easily slip off.
We recommend bringing bug spray, sunglasses, and a full water bottle to every practice.
Rowing is a water sport. We could row in the rain, so a towel and change of clothes in your car is also a good idea.
Please note: As all classes take place outdoors, we have periodically been forced to cancel individual class periods due to flooding or bad weather. We guarantee that we will hold at least 10 of 12 scheduled class periods - and typically are able to "make up" lost classes, as well.
Attendance is limited so sign up now! At least 8 students are required in order to run the class. Additionally, if flooding or other unforeseen conditions force us to cancel the class altogether, your registration fee can be refunded in full or transferred to a future class.
IMPORTANT: All non-member participants will need to read, print, and bring this (signed) waiver to the first session! We must have a signed waiver from you in order to place you in a boat!
(Waiver requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. Download the free Reader software here.)