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Upcoming Events

Jul
17
Wed
7:00 pm Rowing Advisory Council Meeting @ Green Lake Small Craft Center
Rowing Advisory Council Meeting @ Green Lake Small Craft Center
Jul 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Rowing Advisory Council (RAC) is the advisory body of Green Lake Crew. This is where decisions are made regarding the budget, equipment purchases, and fundraising. The RAC meets at the boathouse on the third Wednesday of each month, with a few exceptions. Meetings are open to all. Come see if the RAC is of interest to you.
Aug
21
Wed
7:00 pm Rowing Advisory Council Meeting @ Green Lake Small Craft Center
Rowing Advisory Council Meeting @ Green Lake Small Craft Center
Aug 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Rowing Advisory Council (RAC) is the advisory body of Green Lake Crew. This is where decisions are made regarding the budget, equipment purchases, and fundraising. The RAC meets at the boathouse on the third Wednesday of each month, with a few exceptions. Meetings are open to all. Come see if the RAC is of interest to you.

Green Lake Small Craft Center
5900 W Green Lake Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
Tel. 206-684-4074
jason.frisk@seattle.gov

Is rowing right for you? Yes!

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You’re new?

WELCOME.

You may already know that your goal is to get buff and win races (the competitive-sport focus). Or your interest may be more about basic lifelong fitness — especially with the added pleasure of the lake environment (the recreational focus). Either way, you will want to start with our learn to row class. The class is a bit biased toward competitive rowing, but all of what you learn will be useful to you later, whether you’re racing or finding your place with the experienced recreational rowers.

Are you uncertain about whether rowing is right for you?

See if any of the information below helps you to gain confidence.

Are you worried about whether you have enough upper-body strength? Surprise! The primary source of rowing power is a push with your legs (that’s what the sliding seat enables). So…do you regularly walk up and down stairs? That should be good enough for starters. And everything will get stronger as you row.

Are you worried about the awkwardness of getting into and out of the boats at the dock? Frankly, very few of us look elegant at that task, and we work out own own methods. Can you sit down in a moderately-low chair, and then stand up, without using your hands? That should be enough flex for you to work out your own method. And other rowers on the dock will be ready to help steady you and the boat while you work that out.

Are you worried about the rowing task of lifting and carrying the boats (which look large and heavy)? In the first place, they aren’t as heavy as they look. And in the second place, the carry is always a group effort. Can you carry two gallon jugs of water to the checkout, and then to your car? That sounds good. If you have a temporary lift-and-carry issue (as many of us do sometime or other), other rowers will generally be available to take your place. And you can do your part by carrying more of the oars.

Rowing truly can be a lifelong sport. Just ask rowers in their 70s, 80s, and even 90s. We invite you to give it a go.