RECREATIONAL PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
The goals of our recreational program are:
To give an introduction to the sport of rowing
To learn basic technical skills and proper boat handling while developing fitness
To introduce young athletes to all aspects of rowing.
To provide a safe environment
To have fun on and off the water
The program is designed to prepare young athletes to successfully train and race on the NSBR Competitive Youth Teams.
We try to spend some time on the water every day. Some days when it is too windy, too wet or the air quality poor, we will schedule other activities; maybe go for a run, do team bonding activities, have an indoor rowing relay race, throw in some core-strengthening and some flexibility work and watch videos of rowing races, or a myriad other activities developed by our creative coaches to teach the critical skills needed to be proficient on the water. Time spent on land activities is just as important as time on the water in developing friendships, teamwork and an appreciation and understanding of the sport.
Racing in the recreational program is informal and fun. We'll scrimmage against each other, race short distances, create obstacle courses, slaloms, and relays. We'll race forward, backward, around buoys, and sometimes flip, get back in the boat and continue. Our goal is for you to come off the water claiming that was the most fun you’d had in a long time. Meanwhile, you will have developed boat-handling and mental skills that will be of enormous value when you join our Junior Racing Team.
What To Bring
Tennis shoes, sunscreen, water bottle (plastic), sunscreen, hat/visor, shorts and tank/tee.