Frequently Asked Questions
As a beginner how long will it be before I actually row on the water?
We understand the limits of our time each session, and we want to teach you as much about the sport as we can. Your first day will include a quick lesson on safety, equipment, and using the rowing machines, and will continue with rowing in the stationary boats by the dock. By day two the training wheels are off and you will be cruising the Mystic.On the first day after a quick lesson on safety, equipment, and using the rowing machines, we will continue the class rowing in the stationary boats by the dock. By day two the training wheels are off and you will be cruising the Mystic.
What do I do if I can’t make a class?
With at least 24 hours notice we can often fit you in to another class, but people registered for that class time will be given priority.You can contact us via email, phone, or during class.
What does a typical class include?
Class begins with daily sign in, warm up, and stretching (approx 10 min). Coaches will set lineups for each boat, and each boat will launch promptly. Activities on the water range from technique drills and aerobic rows to higher intensity training and racing.
What should I wear to class and bring?
Shorts/pants: Wear comfortable, close-fitting cotton or spandex shorts. Biking shorts will do fine if you have them. It's important not to wear loose clothing in the boat as it can get caught on the sliding seats.
T-shirts: T-shirts are perfect for rowing, but wear something that is not too baggy because your fingers can get hooked on your shirt too.
Socks: Wear comfortable socks. Be advised that they may get wet during practice.Socks may get wet in the course of a day’s rowing, but wearing socks will increase the longevity of the shoes in the boats.
Sneakers/Running Shoes: Wear sneakers for comfort if you'll be using the rowing machine, or 'erg'. Shoes should not be worn in the boats, which have special rowing shoes fastened in place for each rower.
Sunglasses/Sun block/ Hats: Sun protection should be taken seriously especially while working out. Sunglasses are recommended but with a warning: many pairs have fallen into the river. So you may not want to wear your finest, or wear a band to keep them around your neck.
Water Bottles: It is important to be well-hydrated when you row, so be sure to bring a filled water-bottle with you to practice.
I am out of shape/getting back into shape, and crew sounds pretty intense. Will class be too much for me?
We have rowers of all shapes and sizes, fitness and abilities. The coaches consider matching levels of fitness when they make the lineups. The work outs are also designed to fit the fitness of the crews.
I am a rock star athlete and I want to go fast. Will crew satisfy my need for speed?
Experienced rowers as well as rowing Wunderkinder will have the opportunity to train hard and put their competitive juices to the test.
What if there is inclement weather on the day of practice?
The only weather conditions that we do not go out in boats is if there is thunder or high winds. Remember, rowing is a water sport so getting wet is not unusual. Your coach will make the final decision on whether practice will involve going on the water or practicing on the rowing machines.