First Taste On The Water

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - By: Piper W, Hope ‘20

Trying new things creates a well rounded person with priceless experience and wisdom. Here at Brentwood, any student has the opportunity to participate in the beginners’ rowing program. Learn to Row is the perfect third term sport for those wanting to experience a less competitive version of our renowned rowing program. Clear waters and sunny skies make it the perfect time to dabble in the art of rowing. 

A typical day of learn to row consists of two parts. The first part is warming up. It is crucial in any sport to physically prepare. Rowing requires you to use almost all of the muscles in your body. Especially when first starting, the very knowledgeable coaches teach the athletes how to properly prepare for the rows ahead of them. A quick jog around the exterior of the campus, then 10 repetitions with 45 second breaks between of 4 lunges, 6 jump squats, 8 jump squats. According to Michael T, Rogers ‘20 an athlete currently in Learn to Row, “Warm up is always a fun time, talking to everyone, and it really sets the mood for a good row.” The second part is getting out on the water. Most rows are around 90 minutes; this is enough time to focus not only on exercise but also the technical side of the stoke. We work in coxed quads and fours typically, but also doubles and singles are also used.

The wind doesn't always permit safe waters for rowing so that means it’s time to hit the erg room. Erging is really helpful for building endurance for longer races or pieces, an essential skill that Learn to Row helps new rowers build. 

Gaining experience in regattas is important. Athletes who have refined their rowing skills have a chance to compete in regattas, specifically this weekend’s Shawnigan Regatta. Our rowing program is inclusive to everyone, incorporating all skill levels and Learn to Row is the perfect place to be introduced to the wonderful art of rowing.

Piper W, Hope ‘20

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