National Learn To Row Day, an annual event conducted by the Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association and sponsored by U.S. Rowing, is being held Saturday, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
This is the first day of a six-day program and is open to anyone interested in learning how to row.
The program includes Saturday and five additional nights that include June 9-13.
The cost to participate is $50 per adult, $30 per high school student and is free for coxswains. These sessions will help an individual build knowledge of rowing and skill on the water. Although attending all six sessions is not mandatory, it is encouraged to take advantage of as many sessions as possible. The additional instruction is designed to help transition potential members into the club with more confidence in their rowing ability.
On Saturday, all participants move through different dry-land sessions to acquaint themselves with boats and equipment, terms and safety, and rowing technique on ergometers (indoor rowing machines). Participants then move to the on-water portion of the training.
The Learn to Row Day is approximately three hours in length. Follow-up sessions Monday through Friday are from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and primarily take place on the water.
All learn-to-row events are geared toward inexperienced rowers so no one should feel intimidated if they have never been in a boat before. In addition, all entry fees will be credited to yearly membership dues if a person decides to join during the 2014 season.
There are no tryouts and everyone is welcome. Spots are limited so please sign up on the organization's web page at www.rowchautauqua.org or call coach Jim Odrzywolski at 716-499-6987.