Are you interested in rowing? We have great opportunities to try it out! We are offering a session of our Learn To Row program at our boathouse. This fun program is led by our very own Head Coach Florin Curuea, who rowed in the 2012 London Olympics.
This is a great way to dip your toe (or oar) into the waters, and try out rowing! And then you will be able to decide to join the Summer camps and the USC Rowing Team! Our Fall 2022 Season includes our Fort Couch Developmental Team, and of course our USC High School Rowing Team (No obligations).
Our Learn to Row is scheduled for Saturday May 7 at 10:00 am at our boathouse in Coraopolis, we will have a 2 hour program where you will learn the basics of rowing, learn the typical rowing terminology, techniques, will have some exercises and we will get you on the water with experienced professional coaches and rowers*.
Do I need rowing experience?
This is an introductory level course. Most participants have never set foot in a rowing shell before their first class.
Are there any physical requirements?
To fit in the boats rowers need to be at least 4’8” tall and weigh less than 300lbs.
Do I need to know how to swim?
What if I cannot make all of the classes?
We are offering two sessions to help alleviate any scheduling difficulties. It is important that you attend all three sessions of the course in order to maximize your rowing knowledge.
What if it rains?
If it’s a light rain, we’ll go out anyway. If it’s a heavy rain or if thunderstorms are in the area, we will reschedule as timing allows. Communication will be via e-mail.
If I can’t make Learn to Row fit into my schedule, can I still row?
If you’re a beginner and want to learn to row, but none of our current programming works for you, please contact us and we will see about other options for you. If you have some rowing experience, tell us about it in your email and we will figure out which program best suits your needs.
What if I don’t want to row but am interested in being a coxswain?
We are always on the lookout for new coxswains to steer us through practices and on to victory in regattas. If you are relatively small in stature and big in assertiveness, let’s talk! We do offer training and we’ll be glad to set up a plan that works for you. Coxswains generally need to be under 5’6” (though we do make exceptions) and the less they weigh the better.
What do I wear
Wear comfortable clothing – sweatpants or shorts/spandex, t-shirt or sweatshirt and sneakers. It is advisable to wear a warm outer layer that can be taken off later.
What do I bring
Water bottle and whatever you usually do for sun protection.
Willing to learn and have a good time.
USC Rowing association reserves the right to cancel a session due to lack of registrations.
“John found a safe and supportive place at the USC Rowing Association to nurture his new athletic endeavor. He appreciated the coaches’ firm yet encouraging guidance and immediately felt part of the group. He loved that he got to get right on the water and start rowing on day one.” – Mother of a Summer Learn to Row participant
*weather and river conditions permitting, safety first!