Learn to Row & Novice Program

Learn to Row

Overview: A two-hour session, designed to give a first taste of the sport, comprised of 45 minutes on land and 75 minutes on the water.

Location: Des Moines River Meeting Place. (Map: https://desmoinesrowing.org/learn-to-row-where-to-come/) Once signed up, someone will email you with which location to meet at for Learn to Row.

Format: You’ll first learn the basics of the stroke on the erg (rowing machine), rowing terms, parts of the boat, and how to get in the boat and grip the oar. (You may be doing this just prior to an on-water session including a mixture of first-timers and novices (see below). Next, you’ll go out in an eight-person boat in a mixture of new learners and experienced rowers. You’ll apply the same basics of the stroke you learned on the erg and become familiar with commands from the coxswain.

Limitations: must be 18 years or older and able to swim 200 yards without rest.

What to Bring: Regardless of the weather, dress in layers. If you wear shorts or tights they should be form-fitting. Baggy pants may get caught in the tracks on which your seat rolls back and forth. Don’t forget your socks! Our boats are rigged with shoes that you will use while rowing so you will want a pair of socks.

In Case of Inclement Weather: the instructor will notify of a cancellation via text. Rain dates are scheduled for each session (see below).

Waiver: all participants will be required to sign our waiver. (We hope to distribute this electronically ahead of the event.)

Schedule

Learn to Row Day #1: Saturday, May 7, 2022 (Rain dates: May 14 and 15)

Novice Program #1 (for LTR Day #1): 9 Sessions offered over 5 weeks 

  • $155 – Novice Memberships handled via iCrew
  • Session Dates:
    • May 18 (Wed), May 21 (Sat)
    • May 25 (Wed), May 28 (Sat)
    • June 1 (Wed), June 4 (Sat)
    • June 8 (Wed), June 11 (Sat)
    • June 15 (Wed)
  • Final Session is “Culminating Event” with DMR members forming tunnel of oars and then dinner/drinks at Captain Roy’s
  • Next step: for an additional $180, “graduates” are encouraged to become full members, organizing into Float Crews, etc.

Learn to Row Day #2: Saturday, June 18, 2022 (Rain date TBA)

Novice Program #2 (for LTR Day #2): 9 Sessions offered over 5 weeks

  • $155 – Novice Memberships handled via iCrew
  • Session Dates:
    • June 22 (Wed), June 25 (Sat)
    • June 29 (Wed)
    • July 6 (Wed), July 9 (Sat)
    • July 13 (Wed), July 16 (Sat)
    • July 20 (Wed), July 23
  • Final Session is “Culminating Event” with DMR members forming tunnel of oars and then dinner/drinks at Captain Roy’s
  • Next step: for an additional $180, “graduates” are encouraged to become full members, organizing into Float Crews, etc.

Learn to Row Day #3: Saturday, October 8, 2022 (Rain date TBA)

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