National Learn to Row Day

What happens on National Learn to Row Day?

Each year Austin Rowing Club hosts National Learn to Row Day – a free rowing event for our community.

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.