The goal of the Learn to Row program is to introduce rowing and offer the opportunity for a wide range of community members to participate in the sport. The Club usually runs two Learn to Row programs a year, in Spring and Autumn.
Numbers are limited for our Learn to Row program and for this reason we ask people to register ahead by completing the enrolment form and pay their fees in full to ensure their place in the course. Please note that Juniors must comply with the age and weight restrictions set out below to be considered for the program.
Dates of the next Learn to Row courses in 2018
Course 1 – February: 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25
Course 2 – April: 7, 14-15, 21-22, 29 and 5th May
Course 3 – June: 16-17, 23-24, 30-1 July, 7-8 July
Course 4 – October 21-21, 27-28, November 3-4 and 10-11
Adults $400 (including GST)
Juniors $250 (including GST)
What can I expect?
The program consists of an orientation session which includes information dissemination and a land-based rowing lesson, followed by 6 on-water sessions.
The land-based session includes coaching on rowing simulators (ergometers), an introduction to boat handling and rowing terminology. The land-based session is compulsory – if you miss this session, you will not be able to continue with the program.
The next sessions are on water and are designed to give all participants a basic understanding of crew rowing.
All participants will be learning sweep oar so they can compete in an Eight. Juniors will learn in sculling boats (two oars per rower) while senior/adult rowers learn in sweep oar (one oar per rower) boats.
The final session will be a regatta and graduation.
What happens after I’ve completed the Learn to Row program?
Squad rowing for juniors is by invitation from the Club Captain. Rowing in a squad involves training on Saturday and Sunday mornings, one midweek afternoon fitness session and competing in regattas later in the season.
The Club Captain may invite adult participants who are considered to have a suitable racing profile and the ability to progress into the racing program. Going into this program requires serious commitment to the early morning weekday training and the program for selection for competition. Adult participants are able to join the recreational rowing program (Saturday & Sunday morning rowing only).
Who can participate?
As rowing is a demanding sport – both physically and mentally – it is necessary to place entry restrictions on participants. All applicants must be healthy and fit as well as being capable swimmers. We also place the following minimums on juniors who apply for the program:
* Minimum age is 14 years
* Minimum weight for girls is 45kg
* Minimum weight for boys is 50kg.
While we endeavour to accept all applicants into the Learn to Row program, the Club reserves the right to refuse entry if, for example, participation in the program may have adverse health repercussions for the applicant.