How To Row
Learning how to row is a fun and challenging process. Rowing is a sport where a team of rowers compete against other teams by propelling their boats with oars. Rowing can also be a recreational activity geared to enjoy the outdoors and gain some fitness in the process. For those interested in rowing, here are a few simple steps.
- The first step is to learn about rowing. Many resources online can teach more about rowing. Check rowing clubs as they have a wealth of information on rowing.
- Conditioning is another factor to consider before taking up rowing. Rowing is a physical sport, which requires a person to use their arms, back and shoulders, often in repetitive motions. Make sure you’re in good shape before attempting to row.
- Also, keep in mind that rowing is a water sport and in most cases, you may have to take a swim test before rowing. Swim tests normally consists of making sure a person can float for a certain amount of time.
- Once you're prepared it's time to row. Sit in the boat facing the back. Check to make sure your knees are level with the oar locks. Make sure the oars are in their locks.
- Now you want to grip the oars. When gripping the oar, make sure your feet are firmly planted and sit straight up. Pick the oar blades out of the water to move them behind you. Lean forward as you do this as it will give you momentum.
- Now you want to move forward. Place the oar blades into the water then lean back as you pull the blade through the water. Keep your legs straight as this will help you with your form. Pull as far as you can, once you cannot pull anymore, repeat step five.
- To turn the rowboat you only use one oar. For a right turn only use the left oar blade (when facing the back). For left turns, only use the right oar blade (when facing the back).