Rowing for Beginners

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Course description

Learn rowing in Sydney.

Whether you are a complete novice or have some previous experience, come and learn the skills of rowing in this six week course. Rowing is the ideal aerobic sport for the entire body as it is low impact and low injury. You’ll enjoy the ultimate team activity as well as the magic moments of early mornings on the water.

If you want to learn Rowing in Sydney, then this course is for you.

Course content

During this course the intention is that the following topics will be covered, but not necessarily in the order given. Due to the variable nature of Adult Education classes, parts of the curriculum may be adapted to suit the needs of the class.

The focus will be on developing teamwork within the boat and expand on the basic knowledge from the Beginners Level.

Week 1:

  • Orientation to the pontoon area and basic terminology
  • Racing shell setup and equipment
  • Safety precautions
  • Fundamental rowing technique

Week 2-6:

  • Development of rowing technique using variety of ergometers
  • Style correction
  • Crew rowing

By the end of this course you will have:

  • a basic knowledge of rowing style and boat rigging
  • a basic navigation rules and river etiquette
  • an ability to row with a crew in a racing shell
  • a clear understanding of personal requirements to make rowing a pleasurable activity
  • a competent knowledge of the rowing stroke including correct terms
  • increased understanding of the impact the individual’s rowing technique on the crew performance
  • developed knowledge of crew processes
Please bring to class
  • A hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Snack/water
  • Well-fitting shorts and top (loose clothing may become caught in rigging)
  • Football socks
  • A change of clothes to wear home
  • Wear suitable footwear (no thongs or sandals) for carrying boats in wet areas
Other information
  • Participants must be 18 years or over
  • Meet at The Outterside Centre, Sydney Boys High School’s rowing facility, at 5 Teviot Avenue, Abbotsford, ready to row at 7:00am for each session (complete crews are needed before boats can go on the water).

SAFETY NOTE: Participants must be able to swim 50 metres and tread water as a safety requirement. All participants must sign The Sydney High Foundation’s Indemnity Form, stating swimming ability, before they are allowed on the water.

All boat equipment will be supplied.

In case of illness, heavy rain or bad weather, please contact Ross Bowey on 0428 519 705 to make arrangements or reschedule dates.

Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q)

Our Sport courses are designed to be fun and keep you healthy. A sensible step before you start is to complete a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire PAR-Q.
PAR-Q is a self-screening tool that should be used by anyone planning to increase their physical activity. PAR-Q is designed to help you help yourself. It is a sensible first step if you are planning to increase your physical activity by enrolling in this course.
Please answer the questions below as accurately as possible. Go to the PAR-Q page

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