Novice Rowing Program

About WRC Novice Rowing:  The Novice Rowing Program is available for members of WRC who are ready to commit to a more intensive (and fun!) training plan to become proficient on the water.  This is a natural progression for new members who have just completed the Learn to Row program.  The WRC Novice Rowing Program is a comprehensive 9-week session consisting of three coached practices per week. Participants who commit to the program and complete it become well versed in all facets of sweep rowing including safety, technique, training and competition. The Novice Program is a fantastic way to ‘get into’ this great sport.

Cost: $100 for graduates of 2019 WRC LTR program. $200 for current members of WRC who wish to participate. The number of participants will be limited to 32. No Refunds will be given once the program has begun.

Prerequisites:Successful completion of Learn To Row at WRC. Please note that rowing is a physically demanding sport that uses your entire body. Rowers are required to carry boats and oars at each practice, which requires enough strength to lift at least 35 pounds over head. If you are unable to squat, put weight on your knees, or have concerns about your participation in boat carries, please contact us directly.

Practice Schedule:The WRC Novice Rowing Program will run for 9 weeks begin Tuesday June 18 with practices continuing through August 17.  First class is an orientation day, and therefore it is requested that all registrants plan to attend this very important session. We understand that scheduling conflicts are inevitable, but please notify us immediately if you cannot attend this important first day.  Saturday time may change.

  • Tuesday and Thursday Evenings (5:30pm – 8:00pm).
  • Saturday Mornings (9:30am – 11:30am)

Completion:In order to successfully complete the WRC Novice Rowing Program, you must:

  • Participate in a minimum of 50% of the Novice Rowing practices. More is better!
  • Participate regularly. While the WRC Novice Rowing Program is structured to provide flexibility for individuals to miss practices due to vacation, family and work commitments, etc., regular practice and repetition is the biggest key to success in the program. Participants should make an effort to attend as many practices as possible.
  • Favorable evaluation by the head coach will prepare individuals to move on to other rowing opportunities at WRC.
  • While our track record of advancing participants is exceptional, there have been individuals in the past who have not successfully completed the program. In such instances, the participant may be encouraged to repeat the Novice Rowing Program or to consider another more suitable sport.

What to Expect (and what will be expected of you):

  • Safety. Participants are to follow WRCs established safety procedures and coach’s instructions.
  • Hard work. Be mentally and physically prepared to work at each practice.
  • Honoring your commitments. When you sign up to row, be there.
  • Be prepared. That even means rowing in the rain (but not lightning or dangerous conditions).
  • Be on time. Arrive 15 minutes before the start of each practice and be ready to go.
  • Keep an open mind. Be ready to learn!
  • Stay conditioned. Get yourself and keep yourself in good physical shape.
  • You will be actively coached. Expect to improve daily.
  • Keep your progress in perspective. Some practices will go really well, others will not.
  • Fun and fulfillment will happen naturally. You will make plenty of new friends, too!

Weather: We will attempt to go out on the water for every practice. However, there are weather circumstances that are out of our control so there could be cancellations. The schedule cannot be adjusted to compensate, though land-based training may be conducted if conditions preclude going out on the water. Coach’s discretion if a practice needs to be cancelled due to weather.

Learn More:  Do you have a specific question regarding the WRC Novice Rowing Program? If so, please contact our WRC Rowing Chair. Betsy Rowland