Sculling (two oars per person) programs are the best way to learn the rowing technique! If you learn to scull, then you can progress as far as you wish in any rowing boat!
The class is designed for novices with no experience rowing on water. In this class, you will get 8 hours of instruction on the basics of the rowing stroke, as well as how to navigate the river. Instruction will include both land-based training and water-based training. Participants will be taught sculling in recreational single-person shells. The coach will be on the water in a separate boat. Coaches will work on refining the athlete’s technique and, depending on skill level, athletes may move into singles that are more responsive and require more balance and subtlety.
Prerequisite: It is common for novice scullers to flip the boat. Therefore participants in this program must be proficient swimmers and will be required to wear a life jacket while rowing.
This program meets two nights for 2 weeks: Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm at the Grand Rapids boathouse which is located at 291 North Park Street NW. (The entrance is shared with Greenleaf Landscaping.)
What to bring: Wear close fitting workout clothes or clothes that allow plenty of joint movement. Include fitted shorts or leggings, as loose fitting clothes, especially those with zippers or pockets, may 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. Bring bug spray, sunglasses, and a full water bottle to every practice.
Rowing is a water sport. We could row in the rain and there is always a chance of flipping your boat in the river, so a towel and change of clothes are also good ideas.
We are excited to offer this class to junior high and high school age novices. At this time we are actively searching for a coach for the upcoming Junior fall rowing season. Registration for this course is no guarantee that the Junior Fall Rowing Team will be offered this fall. IMPORTANT: All 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!