Adult Learn to Row

Adult “Learn to Row” Program

Otsego Area Rowing (OAR) is more than happy to help adults in the region discover this wonderful, lifelong sport. Unlike most other sports, rowing can be learned at any age and fitness level. It’s a truly unique experience! Learn to Row classes take place in the summer at Brookwood Garden in Cooperstown.
This program is for adults interested in learning the basic techniques and styles of “sculling” (two oars per rower). It is a low impact sport available to adults of all athletic levels. The Learn to Row program includes instruction on land as well as on-water sessions to learn basic rowing technique. Participants who successfully complete the Learn to Row program are encouraged to consider taking part in our weekly (optional) practice sessions.
The cost for the program is $225, which includes the first year club membership and independent access to equipment, once you have “graduated.” The student will be assigned at least one instructor who will teach them to row in a single person rowing shell. The curriculum emphasizes safety, boat care, technique, and stewardship of the club. The mentor will determine when the student is ready to graduate the program and able to borrow equipment. For insurance purposes, individuals must have sufficient training, as well as fulfill some essential requirements, before they are permitted to use the club boats on their own.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I have no rowing experience of any kind? 
Most, if not all, of the other students in your novice class have no rowing experience in our types of boats, called “shells”, so you will fit right in. 
What if I don’t have a lot of upper body strength?  
The main power in rowing a sliding-seat shell comes from your legs, not your arms. Most people have more strength in their legs than in their upper bodies, so you will do just fine. 
“Learn to Row” Mentoring Session Details
“Learn to Row” sessions run in five week blocks, with classes on Saturday mornings from 8-10AM (maximum of four learners per class).  Due to demand for this program, make up sessions will not be offered after the block of five classes is done. In the event of repeat inclement weather, there may be an 8-10AM Sunday make up opportunity. Successful completion of the “Learn to Row” program “certifies” you to be able to take out a club single on your own.
Before your first “Learn to Row” session, be sure to read the Learn-to-Row FAQ.
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