Learn to Row at LBRA (18+)
LBRA has structured its novice training programs to better serve the needs of new members, offering coached sessions at multiple times that should enable anyone to find a convenient format.
We support these ongoing programs:
1. Beginning Sweep
You will be part of an 8-oared shell. While learning poise and technique, the boat will be outfitted with pontoons for stability. The class can have up to seven novices, with an experienced coxswain and rower in the stroke seat. The objective is to learn the fundamentals of balance and rhythm, enabling novices to row competently as part of a team.
2. Beginning Scull
You will be paired with experienced rowers in a quad. Club volunteers will be at the stroke and bow seats to model proper technique, and to steer. Emphasis is on development of good habits and building a foundation. Following the session, you’ll continue to develop proficiency in boats partially crewed by experienced club rowers.
3. Novice Single
You will develop the skills necessary to row in a single shell. Emphasis is on oar handling, safe navigation, and efficient use of energy. You will learn in a wide, stable wherry boat, and after completing the class and logging experience over a few months’ time, you may be upgraded to and checked out in a club racing single. Successful completion qualifies the rower to take out singles.
With all classes, members are encouraged to return for later sessions, at no cost, to continue their development while helping new beginners.
If student becomes an LBRA member within 30 days of taking a class, a $40 credit will be applied to the first year’s annual membership dues.