Have you ever wanted to try rowing but weren’t sure where to get started? Join Austin Rowing Club on Saturday, June 3rd for National Learn-to-Row Day. It’s free! We’ll teach you the basics of rowing, show you around our beautiful boathouse, and give you a taste of what this amazing lifetime sport is all about. Come on down, and bring your friends and family, too!
Here’s how to sign up:
Click here to register, and select any of the one-hour sessions between 9am and 2pm. Act quickly to reserve your spot-–these sessions fill up fast! If you don’t get the spot you want, or if all sessions are filled up, please send an e-mail to ARC Program Director, Kimberly Weinberg with your preferred session time(s), and we will add your name to our waiting list.. Confirmation notices will be sent via e-mail no later than June 2, 2017. However, even if your preferred slot is not available, we welcome you to come on down to the boat house anyway, take a look around, and hang out with friends and family.
What happens on National Learn to Row Day?
Tour of the Waller Creek Boathouse and its Partners-Altas Café, RoFit, and Congress Ave Kayaks.
Introduction to the equipment including an up-close view of an eight-person rowing shell and large sweep oars; as well as various sculling boats, from quads, to doubles, to singles.
Brief overview of the history of the sport, including the development of Austin’s rowing community; and an introduction to Austin Rowing Club’s youth and adult programs, as well as ARC’s annual regattas.
Learn the fundamentals of rowing technique, form, and mechanics, on a Concept2 rowing machine (or “erg”), and get a quick course in how to set up the meter and read the data. Wear comfortable workout clothes and tennis shoes, and get ready for a bit of exercise on the erg.
Get out on the water and row! ARC has a specialized training barge, which provides a highly stable platform that enables new rowers to get a feel for the real rowing experience. You get to practice your new skills using real oars, and see what it’s like to work as a team to move a boat through the water. Warning, rowing may be habit-forming.
Are you an ARC member that would like to volunteer to help out? If so, sign up here.