Rowing is a sport that helps achieve a total body workout. Rowing takes place in a rowing "shell" a long, narrow and very light boat holding either one, two, four or eight participants. The shells are only slightly wider than a person's shoulders and about ten inches deep and are propelled by oars on each side. In a "eights" shell, there are four oars on the each side, one for each rower. Each rower sits on a sliding seat, with their feet strapped to the boat, to exert their full force to pull the oar back and push the boat. Competitive rowers race at the pace of a four minute mile through water!
The rowing action is as follows:
In an eight person or 4 person shell, the coxwain, steers the boat and instructs the rowers on their rowing pace.
Rowers require basic gym equipment, shirt, shoes, and shorts. The rowing shells are provided by the rowing clubs.
In the Barrie area, contact the Barrie Rowing Club (205 Lakeshore Drive, 705-739-0874), Georgian Bay Rowing Club (705-527-1995, Midland), Collingwood Rowing Club (115 First Street, 705-445-5088), Orillia Rowing Club House at 500 Atherley Rd. (705-325-4039), and Owen Sound Rowing Club (C/o 120 Clearview Cr, Owen Sound) find out how to get involved.
For between $120 and $150, the aspiring rower (there is also and active Adult Learn to Row program) will get a three-week program with an hour of water training each day. Novice rowers begin in a training shell, which is more stable than the racing shells. As the rower becomes more comfortable, they are coordinated into crews for more regular rowing training. Learn-to row sessions begin in early May. You can practice your rowing technique at many fitness clubs who have proper rowing machines (called "ergometers").