Sweep rowers row with two hands on one oar and row in pairs, fours or eights. Class participants will be rowing in an "eight".
This three day class teaches new rowers the basics of team rowing. Students will be introduced to the sport in a small-group setting and will learn boat-handling skills, water safety, and rowing technique. The class fee includes a free guest membership for one (1) month, upon completion of the class, where new rowers can row with the Novice/Recreational team to improve their skills in a team setting.
No prior rowing experience is needed. There is a maximum of 14 people per class.
Each session of Beginning Sweep will run for three days. During the class, the instructors review rowing terminology and how to use our rowing machines before teaching the essentials of on-the-water rowing.
Upon completion of this sweep session, new rowers may explore sculling or continue sweep rowing with the Novice team. See more in New Rowers.
In the event that you can no longer make your registered session, please e-mail us as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are no refunds, but you may transfer your registration to another open session.
June 16: 12 pm - 3:30 pm
June 17: 11 am - 2:30 pm
June 24: 11 am - 2:30 pm
Participants must pass a swim test and submit the completed form to email@example.com at least one week prior to the start of class.
The swim test form and information regarding where to take the swim test can be found by clicking here.
In sweep rowing, each rower has one oar and holds the handle of his or her oar with both hands. The oars alternate from the port and starboard sides of the boat. Sweep boat configurations accommodate two, four, or eight rowers. Sweep boats usually have coxswains, whose job is to steer the boat and call out rowing commands to the crew.
During the sweep rowing class, participants are taught using the club’s ergometers and eight-oared rowing shells. Students are taught how to hold, lift, and carry the boat out of the boathouse and into the water (and back into the boathouse again), how to insert the oars and get into and out of the boat, how to maneuver the boat with the oars, how to row together as a team, and how to follow basic coxswain commands. During the classes, the students will row on Lake Merritt under the supervision of the instructor and learn the proper traffic pattern on the lake.
Upon successful completion of the beginning sweep rowing class, new members are welcome to join the club’s Novice/Recreational crew.