Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions
What class is appropriate for me?
Are the classes in the Program Schedule the only ones available throughout the season?
What if I want to row with a friend or a group?
What equipment will I need?
Will we row on rainy days?
What if I cannot attend a class?
Can I shower at the boathouse?
What if I have any additional questions?
Do I need to join the Narragansett Boat Club to learn how to row?
If you have never rowed before (sailing, canoeing, and kayaking don't count), you will start in a Beginning Barge class, where you will learn the rowing stroke, power application techniques, coordination with other rowers, and basic commands. If you have some experience, please call us at 401-272-1838 to discuss a program that better suits your needs.
No. Our class schedule flexes in response to demand. For example, if we have many applicants for an Advanced Wherry class, we will try to schedule an additional class, rather than turn people away. Alternatively, if we have less than four people who want to take the same class, we have to cancel because the class is not financially viable (our costs exceed the revenues). Of course, if the Club cancels a class, we will refund the paid application fees.
We will make every effort to schedule people that want to row together in the same class. Since classes fill quickly, please send in your applications and payment as early as possible, at least two weeks before the start of your class.
The Club provides everything you need to go out and row. However, you will need to wear clothes that most people wear for jogging - that includes white socks and sneakers. It works best to wear rowing shorts, or bicycling shorts, which are tight fitting and no longer than mid-thigh. The current trend for shorts with hems below the knees gets in the way of the rowing seat which rolls on a track. Also, bring a sweatshirt or short-waisted windbreaker, just in case it is cool. For rowing gear you can check out row2k.com.
That depends. We will make every effort to put a class on the water, with safety as the primary concern. The Director and your coach will make that decision prior to the start of your class. However, rainy weather will NOT cancel classes. The club's indoor training facility has equipment that can further your development and our video library contains many examples of high-level rowing. As a sport, rowing is rarely televised, and viewing video is essential to developing proper technique.
If you have to miss a class, please give us as much notice as you can. This is very important because if you are rowing in a team boat, the boat cannot go on the water without you, and we have to try to find a replacement. In addition, we will attempt to give you a makeup class ONLY if there is room in another compatible class.
Our facility's restrooms, showers, and changing rooms are available for students' use. However, we recommend that you lock your valuables in your car because we cannot guarantee their safety while you out on the water.
Please call us at 401-272-1838 or e-mail the Director ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). In your message, leave your name, address, phone, and reason why you are calling/writing. Even though our office is not staffed full-time, we will do our best to give you a timely response.
Membership in the Narragansett Boat Club is not required. But, we do hope that you will join the Boat Club once you have gained experience and learned how to navigate the river.