This program meets twice weekly, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 - 8 pm at the Grand Rapids boathouse, except for the first week, during which sessions will be held on Wednesday, 9/3 and Friday, 9/5 due to Labor Day.
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, September 26 at the boathouse. Please mark that date on your calendar.
The class is designed for first time beginners as well as advanced adults who have either participated in a previous session or have rowing experience. 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 enjoying the sport. The content of all 100-level sessions is the same; intermediate (200 level) for both sweep rowing and also sculling are also available.
The intensity of all sessions will be based on the ability and desire of the participants.
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 7 of 8 scheduled class periods - and typically are able to "make up" lost classes, as well.
Attendance is limited so sign up now! Member rates become available after the April 1 renewal date.
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!
(Waiver requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. Download the free Reader software here.)