*All rowing courses require a float test taken prior to class. Float tests are available at Seattle Pools.
Rowing 1 (Learn-to-Row)
Adults new to rowing can take our learn-to-row class, which teaches the fundamentals of rowing. This class covers the basics of the rowing stroke, rowing terms, boat handling, equipment care, water safety, and coxing skills. Students begin by learning the basics of the rowing stroke on ergometers (indoor rowing machines) and in docked boats, then quickly progress to rowing in sweep (one oar per person) racing shells. Depending on class size, students may also be introduced to sculling (two oars per person). Satisfactory completion of this class qualifies adults for Rowing 2. Learn-to-row classes meet nine times for two hours each, for a total of 18 hours of instruction. We row rain or shine, so come prepared!
Rowing 2-3 (Novice/Recreational Rowing)
Completion of Rowing 1, or equivalent rowing experience, is a prerequisite for Rowing 2. These practices include rowers with varying experience levels, but who generally share the common goals of improving their fitness and rowing skill.
Most novice rowers, or those with less than one year of rowing experience, are part of the Rowing 2 group. Rowing 2 participants are encouraged to put their skills to the test at our three annual Green Lake regattas. Rowing 3 is our more experienced group of rowers who enjoy rowing for the social outlet and the outdoor experience, and who are not necessarily interested in racing. However, many participants opt to race in regional regattas, such as the USRowing Northwest Masters Regional Championships in Vancouver, WA each June.
Rowing 2 and Rowing 3 practice together on weekend mornings, year-round, and on weekday evenings in the late spring and summer. GLSCC also offers a Tuesday/Thursday mid-morning class for this group.
All participants should have current USRowing memberships. Instructions for obtaining a membership are here.
Rowing 4 (Competitive Rowing)
Rowers with at least two years of rowing experience, who want to compete at a high level, and meet the eligibility criteria as determined by the coaching staff, can participate in Rowing 4. In addition to the Rowing 2-3 regattas, Rowing 4 rowers compete at the Head of the Lake, Head of the Charles, and Opening Day regattas. This group typically practices Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday mornings for most of the year. Class registration is expected for Rowing 4.
These are on-land conditioning classes primarily consisting of indoor rowing on ergometers (ergs). The overall goal of this class is to improve fitness and form for on-water rowing. Coaches may also incorporate other land-based exercises.