Local rowers can be seen on our bay or lake on most calm days shortly before sunrise, and again in the evening from the dinner hour until shortly before sunset. Rowing provides superb full body conditioning with a beautiful nature experience and camaraderie with like-minded rowers.
Most people who has not taken a LTR class have ever been in a rowing shell (as opposed to a row boat) and the different experiences have virtually nothing in common. In fact, you will probably do better if you have never been in a row boat. The class is specifically designed for people with no experience. You will do great.
This is a widespread misunderstanding of the rowing movement. By using a sliding seat, the main effort actually comes from the legs which provide most of the power. As a beginner, you will probably find carrying the boat from the boathouse to the water to be more difficult than actually rowing. Fortunately, there is plenty of help to assist if it is needed.
Safety of our members is our first priority. Being on the water, the obvious safety concern is drowning. All juniors are required to pass a swimming test, and adults wanting to take the Learn to Row class must be able to swim and sign a waiver holding the club harmless. In over 63 years, we have never experienced a death or serious injury. Although the risk is small, it can never be zero. DRC Safety Policy
When the mornings are cool and the days warm, it is good to dress in layers. Although the LTR classes are held in the evening, the temperature on Park Point in June is often 10 degrees cooler than in the City or on the hill.
Don’t wear loose fitting clothes as they can get caught in the slide or your thumb can get caught on a loose shirt. In either case the boat can be quickly destabilized. If you bike or do yoga, your spandex or lycra are good choices. A hat with visor and sunglasses are helpful for sunny days.
Because the boats include shoes which may not be a perfect fit for you, socks are highly recommended.