The class structure is as follows:
At first we acquaint you with the boathouse, the boats and the general rowing technique on the ergometer (rowing machine) before we get on the water. Once you have the general idea of how rowing works and the terminology, we start you in doubles on the water. When you feel comfortable enough, we will put you in singles on the water. At some point we will hold a practice session in the pool or river where we teach you how to get into the boat from the water if you ever flip over. You must be able to swimm 100 yards and must be not afraid of the water!!
Following are some typical questions and answers that you may find helpful.
Typical question: What should I wear?
answer: You should wear athletic clothing, just make sure that your T-shirts and shorts are not baggy. Baggy shorts get caught in the slide of the seat rolling mechanism and your oars and fingers may get caught on loose T-shirts. NO skirts please!
typical question: How hard will I physically be working? Will it be like workout?
answer: You will not be rowing hard as you learn to row. We will be focusing on technique, so the hardest work will be mental for the first week. You may experience some soreness in your lower and upper back and your arms as your body gets used to the mechanics of rowing. As you get more advanced, you will spend longer on the water rowing by yourself. Always come hydrated, as we will be in the sun for two hours each lesson!
typical question: Will I ever flip over?
answer: Aaaaahhhh - one of the biggest worries of the novice (and even advanced!) rower! When we start rowing, you will not be in a single, as the biggest risk for flipping occurs in this boat. We will start you out in stable boats as you get used to the technique and we will only advance you to a single if we feel you are ready and stable enough. Early on in the class we will have a pool session where everyone learns to get back into a boat from water. Some students flip many times and some never flip - it's just the luck of the draw! Always have a towel and a change of clothes with you, just in case! :)
typical question: What happens if I cannot make it to a class?
answer: If you can't make a class, you have to make up the time missed at a different time, to be worked out with your instructor. This can be difficult to organize, so please try to make every class.
typical question: When I am done with the class, can I come down to row whenever I want?
answer: Completion of the class does not necessarily mean that you can row on your own. Upon completion of the class, your instructor will let you know if you are ready to go by yourself. Our motto is safety first! If we feel that you are not ready, it is to ensure your safety.
typical question: Do I have to become a member to continue rowing?
answer: If you are wanting to continue rowing, then yes, membership in the club is required. Your membership fees cover use of the LRC boats, the rowing machines and the locker room facilities. The cost for a year is a little less than what you would pay for a gym membership. LRC will also offer opportunities to gather as a club in a social setting such as cookouts and "fun rows".
Since Chattanooga is an excellent rowing venue, we have two annual head races (3 mile race) in October and November. You will have opportunites to participate in and volunteer to help run the Chattanooga Head Race and the Head of the Hooch, races which draw high school students, college athletes and masters from all over the region.
We hope this has been helpful information and that we have answered all of your questions. Please let me know soon which classes you would like to sign up for.
We are looking forward to coaching you all soon!
LRC Summer Coaches