written by Brock Sampson
What do I do after my Introduction to Rowing Class? I’ve learned some basics about boat and personal safety on and off the water. I now have reverence for equipment. I’ve also learned about rowing terminology and the basic rowing stroke. I’ve even had a chance to row in a team boat and scull several times! Shame on your ITR coach if this isn’t the case:-)
There are three options that I usually suggest to my students when their interest in rowing is at its peak, and I want their journey in rowing to continue with Austin Rowing Club:
1.Get on our Sub Listing for all existing and new crews out there
Club Crews are self-organized and self-selecting groups of members who row together at a certain day & time. Most Club Crews row weekday evenings at about 6:00 or 6:30 PM, or weekday mornings at 5:45 or 6:00 AM, or weekend mornings (or afternoons).
If you are looking for subs for your crew, or want to sub, or are looking for regular crew, this is the forum. This list is for communication among beginning and intermediate-level (i.e., non-competitive-level) rowers in ARC.Any members can form a Club Crew, whenever a boat is available and a qualified cox or quad-bow is on board.
When you have a crew together, you then need to name a Boat Captain, and select a crew name. Some names crews have used: Clean Sweep, POSH, Rojo’s, Rowing Stones, Rock ‘n Row, OarWhat?, Hull Raisers, Different Strokes, Dawn Patrol, Crew U, Rowed Rage, Rowed Hard, Crewzers, OARmageddeon, Odd Quad, Death Row, Brew Crew, Quad Zilla, Motley Crew, Rowtini’s, RowBots, Quad Almighty.
CLICK HERE to join this forum! As a reminder, you must be a member to sub for a crew, though;-0
By the way, members looking to get ‘checked’ out to row a single scull on your own, please attend a single scull clinic on Saturday and Sunday mornings!
2.Take the ITR-2 Advanced Level Classes
This class is for rowers who have COMPLETED the Intro to Rowing Course, but want to further develop their skills under the guidance of a coach in a class setting. The Rowing Skills course may be taken once, or multiple times. This course offers instruction in both sweep and sculling. 6 sessions per month. $125 for non-members, and $75 for members.
CLICK HERE for the next available class!
3.Take a private lesson with our most excellent coaches.
Our coaches are proven to get you on the water, and get you confident and fast quickly!
CLICK HERE to see all available times for our awesome private coaches!
Great! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to use this BLOG to ask!
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written by Kourt de Haas
|COXSWAINS: If you ever cox a boat at Austin Rowing Club, please carefully read and understand the following. Don’t be this crew!
Recently our Dockmaster (Taylor) and I have personally witnessed coxed boats approaching too fast, at poor approach angles, or being run up on our docks when docking.
This problem is totally preventable and should NEVER happen. If you are a coxswain YOU are responsible for properly docking your boat without damaging it by running it up on the docks.
If you are a coxswain and are in doubt of your ability to appropriately dock your boat in any given situation, you must do the following:
1) CHECK IT: stop your boat from moving forward; use the stern pair/four for this.
2) BACK IT: back your boat away from the docks; use the stern pair/four for this, arms and back only, with a neutral rudder.
3) TRY AGAIN: account for the wind, current, other boats and your crew’s ability, and try again; this is better than damaging boats or injuring people.
- approach SLOWLY using the stern pair, arms and back only (*never* use rowers in the bow pair/bow four, *never* use legs when approaching)
- aim for the BIG GAP between our docks if you can’t make your intended target dock;
- SIT UP and look around at your surroundings, not your crew;
- SILENCE in the boat while docking–you are in charge and nobody should be talking except the coxswain;
- but ROWERS should speak up if they see something wrong with the docking attempt;
- KNOW which way the wind is blowing and how strong the current is;
- OBSERVE the other crews who are docking around you, both incoming and outgoing;
- only proceed if your docking is a SURE THING, otherwise CHECK IT/BACK IT/TRY AGAIN;
- STOP if your boat is not nearly parallel with the docks–you are risking equipment and rowers–and CHECK IT/BACK IT/TRY AGAIN;
- if you are on land, HELP OTHERS who are docking and having difficulty (thankfully, I see this all the time–great job to all on this);
- KNOW that others are watching you and will follow your example;
- if all else fails, use the gray CanDock that is parallel to the shore to dock your boat.
Please also remember that blind boats (singles, doubles, quads, coxless fours and pairs) must be backed into the docks–absolutely no exceptions.
Coxswains, despite your size you are big in importance. Help keep our members safe and equipment in top shape by properly docking every time.
You can learn more about coxing and brush up on your docking skills in a controlled learning environment by attending a regular coxswain clinic; please contact Sharon Smith, ARC’s principal coxswain, at:
…for more information about future clinics and coxing opportunities.
written by Brock Sampson
Hello students! What an awesome class Thursday evening. How did you like rowing with experienced rowers? I think it’s a great way to learn in a quick and effective manner.
I’d like to reflect on our lesson, by referring to our ‘Into to Rowing’ handbook you should have received your first day, and a couple of videos that re-enforce some things you experienced on the water.
|EQUIPMENT and TERMINOLOGY: Page 3, 5 and 6
In the video above, Charlotte Hollings with Calm Waters Rowing, demonstrates some fundamentals. Please note that, even though she demonstrates from a ‘single skull’ (2 oars), equipment adjustments and safety applies to what we learned in the ’8+ sweep’ (0ne oar):
- Understanding what ‘blade’, either ‘port’ (facing ‘stern’, your right oar and ‘rigger’) or ‘starboard’ (facing ‘stern’, your left oar and ‘rigger’) it is critical that once the ‘blade’ is placed in the ‘oarlock’, that the ‘gate’ is facing ‘stern’, and fastened securely.
- When the ‘coxswain’ calls for ‘blades’ out to water, make sure that the ‘blade’ is fully pushed out to its ‘collar’.
- To have an effective and safe row, adjustments of ‘foot boards’ may be necessary. Review the wing nuts that that are applicable to adjustment. How does the ‘finish’ position Charlotte demonstrates in the ‘single skull’ apply to a ‘sweep’ position in an 8+?
|SWEEP ROWING and TECHNIQUE:: Page 10 and 12
In the above video, Charlotte demonstrates some fundamentals from the ‘finish’, through ‘recovery’ to ‘catch’. Below are some takeaways that we can incorporate each day on the water:
- ‘blades’ drop in (gravity takes over) before the ‘drive’ (with legs) takes place
- hold the arms (hang the arms, like on a jungle gym) all the way until the legs are down, allowing the momentum generated through your strongest legs to move through your back, then arms
- idea is not to JAM the pressure on at the ‘catch’, but squeeze pressure through from heel, total legs, total body, including lower back and lats, and finishing strong with a confident finish
- GOOD ANALOGY:: create a concrete slab by way of blades square in the water. Now, what’s the best way to move the boat through that concrete slab? not by using my arms to bring the blades into my body, but effective use of my powerful legs, hanging off the blade, and ‘squeezing’ power from heel to a powerful finish.
Ok team, the fastest way to enjoy rowing, is to be effective early on. Please use this forum to add comments and questions, so that others can learn from our journey. Ofcouse, I am always available at firstname.lastname@example.org to answer your questions via email. See you next Tuesday!
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written by Brock Sampson
As you can imagine, I am often asked how to get into rowing. Here at Austin Rowing Club, there are many ways, such as Intro to Rowing Classes and Private Lessons. But hey, shouldn’t there be a way to jump into rowing without paying a dime! Well, the time has come! On June 4th, you can row for FREE!
USRowing, the non-profit membership organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the national governing body for the sport of rowing in the U.S., and Concept2, the oar and ergometer manufacturer based in Morrisville, Vt., have asked rowing clubs and health clubs across the country to open their doors and give people a taste of rowing on the water and on the ergometer. More than 100 clubs throughout the United States are expected to participate.
- Date: June 4th, 2010
- Time: 10am – 4PM
- Location: Austin Rowing Club
Click here for more information from Austin Rowing Club’s Learn to Row for Free Day. Please be advised that, due to the high number of participants, you must CLICK HERE TO RSVP!!. (on the RSVP page, please look for the National Learn To Row classes while scrolling to the bottom of page.)
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written by Brock Sampson
Hello students! Welcome to the Austin Rowing Club! We are so glad you’ve chosen us to assist in your journey to personal best in physical fitness. I want to thank Jack Graham and Jon Riley, ARC members extraordinaire, in assisting us along the way.
In our first class, we learned some important concepts about rowing and teamwork, such as:
- how to work together in getting a 8+ in and out of the water
This is a fundamental exercise, as it stresses the importance of boat and personal safety while preparing to row.
We also learned some fundamental questions to ponder about the rowing stroke and terminology, such as:
- “what is the ‘finish’ and ‘catch’ position?
- “what is difference between ‘feathering’ and ‘squaring’?
- “how do i know if i am in ‘port’ or ‘starboard’ position, and what oar do i use?”
- “how do i know if i’m near the ‘bow’ or ‘stern’?
|Wow, there is a lot to learn about rowing terminology and the stroke itself. Take a look at the following video, and start to formulate some questions of your own.
We also learned some fundamentals to erg technique, such as:
- “how do i use my legs instead of my upper body?”
- “how does the ‘catch’ and ‘finish’ on the erg relate to what i learned on the water?”
|Take a look at the following video, and see how John Dunn from Calm Waters Rowing explains the importance of efficient erg technique.
Ok team, just a quick look into the exciting journey you’re about to embark! As you start to formulate questions, use this forum and add comments along the way. See you tonight!
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One of ARC’s most popular ITR (Intro-To-rowing) Classes this summer meets at 6:00am on Mondays and Wednesdays. It’s cooler in the early morning, and students can do class before work. In the photo: eight of the Monday/Wednesday 6:00am July Class — Eric, Maureen, John, Alivia, Donna, Angelica, Darlene, Steven.
Juy ITR Monday/Wednesday 6:00 AM Class
Adapted from an interview with Aero A, by Kourtney de Haas, Equipment Director, Austin Rowing Club
KdH: In this interview we will get a brief glimpse of the life of Aero A in hopes of learning what it’s like to be the bedrock of a rowing club. Let’s get started.
Aero A: Hey, I like that phrase, “bedrock of a rowing club.” That’s good stuff.
KdH: …and totally appropriate, wouldn’t you agree? Most rowers who come through ARC’s Introduction to Rowing program get their first taste of sculling in Aeros. What is it like to “break in” the humans?
Aero A: They don’t call us “Level 1″ boats for nothing! The job can be a challenge, given the range of skills people may have when they come to ARC to learn rowing. There are a few humans who simply require a lot of time to learn to scull, but most seem to understand the basics within minutes of getting in my seat. I’m a modest boat, but I do like to think that humans take to rowing so easily in Aeros because of our practical design. We’re wide, very nonthreatening, very buoyant and very stable. I’ve helped teach a lot of people to row… in fact, I remember when you first rowed, Kourt!
Finally, the weather’s turned and it’s started warming up. (is it just me or was this February excessively cold?) It’s so much more appealing to get out on the water in nicer weather. Here are some pics from last evening’s Junior Novice Boys’ practice when it was a gorgeous, sunny 80 degrees.