The Learn-To-Row program consists of a block of 5 weekly sessions, held on Sunday mornings. Sessions generally run for 2 to 2.5 hours.
Sessions are conducted from the Adelaide Rowing Club boatshed on Torrens Lake. The boatshed is situated on the City side of the Torrens, 100m East of the Morphett St Bridge, and is directly between the Adelaide Convention Centre and the water.There is a chance during summer that the Torrens Lake is closed, if this happens then the program will be moved to the boat shed located at West Lakes.
At the first session of each program, rowers will placed into crews of 4 into coxed quad sculls (4 people, each with 2 oars, plus a coach in the coxswain’s seat to steer). The crews will remain relatively constant for the remainder of the program in order to provide a consistant platform from which everyone in the crew can develop.
At the final session, after 5 weeks of learning the basic skills of rowing, all the crews who are ‘graduating’ will participate in a mini-regatta on the Torrens. All the graduates will receive an individual certificate to state that they had successfully mastered the basics of quad-sculling as well as an invitation to continue their involvement in the Club and the sport by becoming a member of the Club and participating in our other squads.
Please note, that in cases of bad weather (wind, rain, lightning etc.), sessions will still go ahead as scheduled, but no on-water rowing will be conducted to ensure the safety of all participants. However, an extended off-water session using the rowing machines will still go ahead at the same time and venue.
Rowing is an activity that can involve strenuous physical activity, and a reasonable level of fitness is required to participate in the sport to its full extent. Participants with existing medical issues should consult their physician as to their ability to participate in the sport and our program.
Due to the physical strength required to be able to participate in rowing, the Club has set a minimum age limit for participants in the Learn To Row program of 16 years.