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Learn to Row

Registration is now open for 2020 Learn to Row!

Classes will be offered on the following dates:

  • Session 1: May 11-22
  • Session 2: June 1-12
  • Session 3: July 6-17
  • Cost: $150 plus  a $6.13 online processing fee. This payment also goes towards your membership dues if you decide to become a member.

Each two week session includes ten classes, scheduled Monday through Friday, 6:15-8:15PM.

Classes are filled on a first-come first-served basis, so early registration is encouraged!

If you have any questions, please contact our Learn to Row coordinator at rlucas.lrc@gmail.com.


Class Overview

Lookout Rowing Club offers sessions each summer for adults interested in learning to row. Our classes are structured to teach each participant to scull proficiently in a single shell. While learning to row is usually thought to be harder than it looks, most anyone dedicated to learning the sport can get to the level where they can enjoy this sport and get as much exercise as they require.

We will start on land, teaching the fundamentals of the rowing stroke on the rowing machine (erg) and orienting to equipment. By day 3 of the class, we will begin moving to on-the-water rowing.

Learn to Row classes are open to people age 18 and older. If you are under age 18, Chattanooga Junior Rowing is an excellent option. Please visit rowcjr.org for more information.

If you already know how to scull, you may join LRC after preforming a flip test and demonstrating proficiency handling a shell. If you already know how to sweep and only want to sweep row, getting back into a capsized single scull is irrelevant and we have a place for you. For membership information without taking the Learn to Row series, check out the Membership page.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How hard will I physically be working? Will it be like a workout?

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 times on the water rowing by yourself. Always come hydrated, as we may be in the sun for two hours each lesson!

 

Is rowing hard to learn?

Rowing is not hard to learn, but it takes time to develop an efficient rowing stoke.

 

What should I wear?

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!

 

What do people row in?

People row in boats called “shells”. Shells come in various configurations. Some are for people using only one oar (“sweep rowing”) while others are configured for people to use two oars (“sculling”). LRC focuses on teaching sculling (two oars). You start out learning to row in bigger boats (quads with four people sculling, and doubles with two people sculling) and progress sculling in singles. LRC has available to its membership singles, doubles, and quads. Members can also “sweep row”, or use one large oar. After learning how to scull, sweep rowing is a relatively easy to learn as an additional skill. Some people, particularly former college rowers, learn sculling after sweep. LRC has some sweep boats including pairs, a four, and an eight, and LRC has seen that sweep rowing is popular for the team building and the social aspect of the activity.

 

Do I need to know how to swim? Can I wear a life preserver?

You need to know how to swim in the event the shell turns over. Rowers typically do not wear life preservers because they can restrict the rowing motion. The shells and oars, however, float and can be used for floating assistance.

 

Will I ever flip over?

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 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! :)

 

What kind of condition do I need to be in to row?

Rowing uses all the major muscle groups and is considered one of the top aerobic exercises (similar to swimming and cross country skiing). In order of effort the rowing motion uses legs, back, shoulders and arms. Although not essential, before learning to row, having some strength in the body groups listed above and some conditioning from bicycling, running or fast walking would be helpful.

 

When I am done with the class, can I come down to row whenever I want?

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.

 

Do I have to become a member to continue rowing?

If you want to continue rowing from the Rowing Center, 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 less than what you would pay for a gym membership, and your learn to row fee is credited against the first years dues. LRC will also offer opportunities to gather as a club in a social setting such as cookouts and "fun rows".

 

What else is required for Membership?

Our club has no paid staff other than coaching, so there are many opportunities to help the club function. Every member is expected to volunteer at the Head of the Hooch each fall. It is the proceeds from this event that allows us to replace equipment and help pay the club’s overhead. There is a maintenance fee to be added to the dues of every member who did not work in the previous year. First year members are exempt, but it is important to volunteer during the year you join to avoid the additional fee your second year of membership.

 

How long is the rowing season? What do members do when the season ends?

The season starts in about April and goes typically to mid-November.   After the season ends some members continue to row indoors using the rowing machines at the facility to stay in general condition or to train for indoor rowing events.   Some start other activities like running or mountain biking. Others take a break! Talk to members to find out what is going on.

 

Questions?

Please contact our Learn to Row Coordinator at rlucas.lrc@gmail.com with any questions.


Contact

Lookout Rowing Club

1001 Riverside Drive  
Chattanooga, TN  37401  
lookoutrowingclub2@gmail.com  
423-281-5676