Check-out for Experienced Rowers

Hatchet BladeIf you are an experienced sculler, welcome to an exciting new rowing experience. We have a unique rower’s “playground” just beyond our dock, but before you can enjoy it you need to get checked out by our coaches and certified to use our equipment and facilities. Give us a call and talk to the staff about your experience and interest and and they will tailor the right check-out session for you.

For those with a good deal of sculling experience, a 1 hour check-out may be all that’s needed to orient you to our waters and ensure that you can safely handle our often changing conditions.  Cost of that session is $75, and may be pro-rated depending on your experience.

Rowed sweeps in college but have never sculled?

Sculling is sufficiently different that you will need to take a private coaching session, or if it’s been a long time since you rowed, our novice sculling class may be best to get you back on the water. Speak to OWRC staff about whether a full novice sculling program or a private coaching session is best. You’ll be certified as “novice” but as an experienced rower will likely progress quickly.

Rowed flat-water shells or “traditional” rowing boats?

Our coaches will want to give you an orientation to our boats – be it an open water single or our traditional dory – and our bay water. Let them know your type and level of experience.  When they are confident that you are safe in our boats, and comfortable on our water, you will be certified to row in Richardson Bay. Rowers with lots of sculling experience may move quickly to take the Rough-Water Clinic and other advanced courses.

Experienced Open-Water Rower?

You must be eager to get back out there! We understand. You will need to be checked out and oriented to our boats, boathouse and waters.  How much orientation you’ll need and what level boat you will be certified for will depend on your specific experience and  your boat handling skills on our water. Call or drop by OWRC and talk to our staff.   They’ll set you up with the best way to get back on the water.