The Learn to Row Program is structured into 6 specific areas of focus. Initially, the new member will be shown around the shed, and given a briefing on boat handling, shed etiquette, location and storage of equipment, and safety on and off the river.
Next comes familiarization with boat configurations, setting up boats to suit individuals, and oar selection. Initial instruction will be on land based rowing machines for individual tuition on basic rowing techniques. On water lessons then cover the basics of sweep oar rowing, the 4 phases of the rowing cycle, and how to row as a team member.
Latter lessons then focus on technique improvement and developing automatic responses to balance and timing.
At the end of the 4 lessons, most members are sufficiently skilled that they are then able to use the club equipment during any social rowing or training sessions, recognising that continual improvement only comes with effort and coaching support.
Sometimes it is not possible to attend all four Saturday mornings in a row due to illness or some other unforseen circumstance. Usually we can accommodate this by giving personalised coaching to catch up or put you into another class we have going at the same time.
You will have already completed the course application form so the paperwork side of things is done. Really all you need to do is turn up on time and we can all get started straight away.
It is recommended that you come prepared for some physical exertion, on the water. In the summer months it can get quite warm, so a hat and water bottle are very important. Generally bike pants or close fitting shorts will give the rower confidence in the boat, and make sure the clothes do not get caught on oars, seat slides etc. A firm or close fitting shirt is also recommended. Loose clothing can be dangerous if it gets caught on the equipment. For the first lesson where you will have a bit of instruction on rowing machines you might like to bring joggers, and then they can be replaced with thick socks or firm slip on rubber soled “reef walker” type shoes for when we jump in the boats. It is possible to row in bare feet initially.
NOTE: Sunscreen is also very important as you will be outside for at least 2 hours (before rowing, on the water, and afterwards cleaning etc).
What level of fitness do I need?
The lessons will not be highly physical, but some degree of fitness (e.g. able to walk for 15 minutes with little effort) will make the on water sessions more enjoyable. By the fourth lesson, you will be able to row continuously for at least 20 to 30 minutes.
Where you take what you’ve learnt is completely up to you.
You may decide that rowing is just not for you or you can’t or don’t want to commit any time to it. Generally though, we find that many people who do the course really do enjoy it and want to go further with it.
- Option 1.
- Join the club as a social member which allows you to come down on Saturday mornings and be a part of the social rowing scene where whoever turns up gets allocated into a boat and you set off up the river for a social row – usually followed by breakfast and a chat at the local café.
- Option 2.
- Join the club as an Active Social Member and row as often as you like during the week and Saturdays with other active social rowers who regularly attend the social rowing sessions.
- Option 3.
- Join as a Competitive Rower and become part of a crew that trains a bit more seriously during the week to maximize fitness and dramatically improve technique.
As a Competitive Rower you can row in regattas that are held by Rowing WA during the season which runs from May through to September each year.
There are two types of regattas which are called Pennants and Masters.
With Pennants you row in races according to your own ability and that of your crew. That level is determined by your results at previous regattas. In other words you start at the bottom and work your way up.
With Masters you row in races according to your age (min 27 years old) or the average age of your crew members.
You can also row in mixed crews (Men & Women together). Masters rowing is a lot of fun and not quite as demanding as pennants.
A regatta timetable is available on the Rowing WA website.
LEARN TO ROW FEES:
$99.00 (Students $89.00)
This fees is for Four Learn to Row sessions.
CLUB ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEES:
Social Only $350.00
Active Social $450.00
(Includes $60.00 Rowing WA Affiliation Fee)
Students (enrolled full time at a tertiary institution)
Social Only $250.00
Active Social $350.00
(Includes $60.00 Rowing WA Affiliation Fee)
All fees can be paid Annually, Half Yearly or Quarterly.
There are really no other costs for social members other that if you choose to buy some of the Club’s gear such as zooties, hats, training tops, fleecy jackets etc. Details of these are on the website on the Merchandise page.
For competitive rowers it is mandatory to wear the club zootie when racing so you would have to purchase one of those and you are also charged seat fees (a small fee for each race you go in).