Intro to Rowing is designed for adults (over the age of 18) who have never experienced rowing on the water. We realize some of you exercisers out there may have rowed on a machine, the “erg”, but we can safely say that rowing on the water is a completely different (better!) experience. You will be in a small group of people who, like you, have no idea what they’re doing, so you’ll all be in the same boat! Rio’s Intro to Rowing class is for adults of all ages and fitness levels, though you do need some basic fitness level (see below) and have been exercising regularly, before beginning rowing. Intro to Rowing is a ton of fun, and after taking it, you will want to learn more!
Upon graduating from your Intro to Rowing class, you are eligible to sign up for next level class, “Rowing Level 1”. (requires coach's approval) In the Rowing Level 1 class, you will develop your skills on the water with other rowers at a similar level, instructed by one of Rio's coaching staff. For more information on Rowing Level 1 and other classes, go here.
Intro to Rowing is a four session class, designed to provide you with a very basic understanding of rowing. The class meets twice a week for two weeks. The first session is on land and gives you an overview of the sport of rowing, terminology and equipment particular to rowing on the water, and a rowing machine (called an “erg”) demonstration of the stroke, with practice on the erg or other instructional equipment. The second, third and fourth sessions are on the water! We will go out in singles, with the coach and one experienced Rio rower assisting.
All of Rio Salado Rowing Club's activities are COVID19 safe; all precautions are followed. Click here for our COVID19 response.
At this time, Intro to Rowing participants and staff are encouraged to wear face masks while on land and practice social distancing.
2021 Intro to Rowing Spring season is done. We will publish the Fall Season in late July.
If you want to prepare for for the next season of Intro to Rowing, see the following information.
FLOAT TEST is required prior to first session. Click here to get the form; "float test" is the second form in the list. Please email completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org Participants may also bring a printout of the completed Float test to the first class. If the completed float test is not received, the participant may not get in a boat. They may observe and participate on land only. No refund will be given if the participant does not have the completed float test.
Rowing is a physically demanding sport. While people of all fitness levels can learn and excel in rowing, in order to avoid injury and prepare you for the class, it is highly recommended you are able to do the following, at a minimum, prior to the first class.
-- Able to lift 20-25 pounds and carry it on one shoulder as you walk for 5 minutes.
-- Able to do a full squat (go all the way down and back up) without support
-- Able to bend over and reach your hands to your knees or lower
-- Able to walk up one flight of stairs without using the railing
If you have any concerns about your ability to handle these physical requirements, please check with your medical provider prior to registering for the class.
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