Saturday and Sunday,

June 2 & 3, 2018

Are you interested in rowing?  It is different from Dragon Boats, kayaking or canoeing because it uses both the legs and torso. This makes rowed boats much faster.  Our class allows ordinary people of any age or body type to explore this team sport.  (Our equipment is the same as used in the 2016 Olympics or by the Boys In The Boat in 1936. How many times will you be able to learn an Olympic sport?)

The Lowdown

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018 and Sunday, June 3, 2018

Time: Saturday: 9:00 to 11:30 am, 9:00 to 11:00am on Sunday

Cost:  $50. This amount can be applied to your first month of membership.

Location:  Oaks Park Community Boathouse, 7815 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202

Day 1 - at the boathouse

Clothing: wear clothing appropriate for indoor exercise.  Dress in shorts, tee shirt and tennis shoes.  Sweatshirts and pants are fine if they are an outer layer you can shed. Bring a water bottle.

1.     Introduction. Boathouse tour, safety video, discussion of terms, equipment and types of rowing.

2.     Ergometer practice.  You will learn rowing techniques and terms, then practice as a part of a team on the ergs.

3.     Launch a boat.  Your team will take a boat to the dock, learn how to safely launch it, install the oars, then get in and out.  Finally the boat will be taken back to its boathouse rack.

Day 2 – on the water

Wear close fitting shorts and a tee shirt under one or two top layers. Wear tennis shoes that can be removed in the boat. A sweatshirt is ok if the weather is cool but you should have lighter clothes on underneath if the day warms up.  Bring a water bottle. Wear sunglasses and a cap to protect your eyes.  Wear sunblock or sunscreen on your exposed skin.

1.     Review of safety and rowing technique.

2.     Take the boat to the ORU dock and launch it.

3.     Practice on the Willamette River with ORU Masters team members.

4.     Return the boat to its rack in the boathouse.

5.     Celebrate learning your new team sport with your new teammates at a local Sellwood coffee shop.