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Come-and-Try Rowing

Rowing BC is organizing a series of Come-and-Try opportunities for participants who have never rowed before. Participants will have an opportunity to learn basic rowing technique in more beginner-friendly equipment. Sessions will begin with a short on-land tutorial on basic technique on the rowing machines followed by a short on-water session in wide, stable rowing shells. After participating in a Come-and-Try event, participants will be well set up to pursue further rowing instruction through their local rowing club, such as through a Learn to Row program or private lessons.

Come and Try Coastal Rowing at the Inlet Rowing Club at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody on Sunday, July 29th. This is an opportunity to try coastal and touring equipment that can be a great fit for rowing on rougher water. This event is appropriate for current flatwater rowers who want to try a different type of equipment, and for those who have never rowed before. These boats are more stable and beginner friendly than other rowing shells, so it’s a great chance to try it for the first time! Be sure to wear athletic clothing and bring lots of water. There is no cost to participate in this event.

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Come and Try Coastal Rowing in Historic Fort Langley on Tuesday, August 7th. This is an opportunity to try coastal and touring equipment that can be a great fit for rowing on rougher water. This event is appropriate for current flatwater rowers who want to try a different type of equipment, and for those who have never rowed before. These boats are more stable and beginner friendly than other rowing shells, so it’s a great chance to try it for the first time! Be sure to wear athletic clothing and bring lots of water. There is no cost to participate in this event.

Registration is now closed.

Come and Try Coastal Rowing at the Nelson Rowing Club on Kootenay Lake in Nelson, BC on Sunday, August 11th. This is an opportunity to try coastal and touring equipment that can be a great fit for rowing on rougher water. This event is appropriate for current flatwater rowers who want to try a different type of equipment, and for those who have never rowed before. These boats are more stable and beginner friendly than other rowing shells, so it’s a great chance to try it for the first time! Be sure to wear athletic clothing and bring lots of water. There is no cost to participate in this event.

Registration is now closed.

Rowing BC will be partnering with Kelowna Rowing Club at Kelowna City Park on August 13 to host an all-day Come and Try session for members of the public. This session is available to all interested participants – you don’t need to be a member of the hosting organization to attend! Beginner-friendly boats will be provided – this is the perfect event if you’ve never rowed before! Be sure to wear active clothing and bring lots of water. There is no cost associated with the event.

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Rowing BC will be hosting an evening Come-and-Try session on August 17 aimed at current Squamish paddlers as well as an all-day event for the public on August 18 in Squamish. Beginner-friendly boats will be provided – this is the perfect event if you’ve never rowed before! Be sure to wear active clothing and bring lots of water. There is no cost associated with the event.

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Rowing BC is offering a great opportunity to experience para rowing in Vancouver!

What: Para Rowing Come and Try event
When:  August 18, 10.30am-12.30pm
Where: Delta Deas Rowing Club

6090 Deas Island Rd, Delta, BC V4K 5A8

Contact: Drew Edwards 604 946 3074  pararowing@deltadeas.com

What will I experience?

You will discover the basics first on a rowing machine, and then head out on the water with an experienced coach.

You will lead the experience in terms of your comfort level, physical ability and enjoyment.

Come down and try it – you’ll like it!

Why is rowing good for me?

Rowing enables individuals to maintain a high level of muscular and cardiovascular output. This is particularly relevant where issues of coordination or spasticity may prevent an adequate level of exertion being achieved in many other sporting activities. Rowing is a unique activity in its ability to be adapted to a wide range of disability degrees and types and allows both muscular strengthening and improved cardiovascular fitness.

Rowing is ideal for many wheelchair users, involving the back muscles and opening the chest. Rowing combines these benefits with being a wonderful, low impact aerobic workout. The benefits of Rowing as cross training can enhance the performances in other para-sports.

The equipment used is essentially the same as for able-bodied rowers, with adaptations made to the equipment as required.

A Come-and-Try session is currently being planned in Ucluelet for August 20. Beginner-friendly boats will be provided – this is the perfect event if you’ve never rowed before! Be sure to wear active clothing and bring lots of water. There is no cost associated with the event.

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Rowing BC will be hosting a Come-and-Try session for youth in the remote First Nations community of Ahousaht on August 21. This event will be a great opportunity for members of the Ahousaht community to try rowing for the first time in beginner-friendly equipment!

Rowing BC will be partnering with Kelowna Rowing Club on August 25 to host an all-day Come and Try session for members of the public. This session is available to all interested participants – you don’t need to be a member of the hosting organization to attend! Beginner-friendly boats will be provided – this is the perfect event if you’ve never rowed before! Be sure to wear active clothing and bring lots of water. There is no cost associated with the event.

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Come and Try Coastal Rowing at Tulista Park in Sidney, August 26th. The brand new Euro Diffusions coastal rowing shells that will be used at the 2018 World Rowing Coastal Championships have arrived and are ready for you to try! This is the perfect event for flatwater rowers interested in giving the coastal equipment a try. It is also a great opportunity for those who have never rowed before – the coastal equipment is more stable and beginner-friendly than other rowing shells. Be sure to wear athletic clothing and bring lots of water. There is no cost to participate in this event.

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The Squamish Paddling Club will be hosting a Come-and-Try rowing session in Downtown Squamish on September 15th. Beginner-friendly boats will be provided – it’s a perfect event if you’ve never rowed before, or have tried before but would like a refresher. Be sure to wear active clothing and bring lots of water. There is no cost associated with the event.

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Squamish is in the process of starting a rowing club! To stay in the loop as plans move forward, contact Cathy.

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