Newbies

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Just learned to row?

Congratulations on surviving your class, and welcome to this great sport!

Here are some suggestions for what to do next
If you just finished the learn to scull class, take advantage of your three free rows, and go out with a buddy, if possible. If you enjoyed the class and you are seriously thinking about joining the club, get out in an Aero and row some more. You get three free rows, so use them!  Don’t be shy about asking someone, one of your classmates or maybe one of your instructors, if they’ll row with you.

The more you do it, the better you’ll get, especially if you can get out on the water with an experienced rower. Very often, they’ll give you great rowing tips.

As a new rower, sculling on your own can be a little daunting.

Safety is always our first priority.

Once you have successfully completed the basic sculling class, you can take out one of the beginner Aero boats on your own. Most beginning scullers will row with one or more fellow scullers to begin with, so they are not alone on the water.  It’s nice to have someone else help carry your boat down to the dock, and get it in and out of the water.

There are set times when experienced rowers help beginners get time on the water. But we also appreciate it when new rowers take the initiative and make their own arrangements as well.

Please follow the traffic patterns taught in your classes! We row COUNTER-CLOCKWISE in the little southern inlet and also in the main inlet. However, you should also make an effort to stay close to shore if it is too windy. And never let go of your oars!

Also, watch out for each other. Check the sign-out logbook when you are getting ready to go out and row, to find out whom you might expect to see on the water. When you return, check to see who is still out. Leave a pair of slings down on the dock if another OAR rower is out; otherwise, bring them up with you if you’re the last rower in.

Sign up for a set time. Brand-new rowers can row with one or more experienced rowers on Saturday or Sunday mornings. During these times, one or more experienced rowers will serve as host(s) and provide access to the boathouse. Contact info@olympiaarearowing.org to learn how to sign up.

Don’t be shy. If you want to get to know the sport of rowing, hang out at the boathouse and make yourself useful. At least once a year, there’s a general boathouse clean-up day, and extra hands are always appreciated. Sometimes it’s good to go and just watch experienced rowers row, either in person or on videos.

There are a lot of things to learn — parts of the boat, coxswain commands, types of boats, types of rowing…how to remember it all?

Helpful Things to Know
What to wear
Coxswain commands
Deciphering Rowing Terms
Parts of the Boat
How to stay safe on the water