Club urges all to test the waters on National Learn to Row Day

See what rowing is all about at Vashon Island Rowing Club’s National Learn to Row Day on Saturday, June 4.

Love to be on the water, flex both mind and muscle, and enjoy like-minded friends?

Then see what rowing is all about at Vashon Island Rowing Club’s National Learn to Row Day on Saturday, June 4. This activity, sponsored nationally by USRowing, will be at Jensen Point Boathouse, on the east side of Burton Peninsula.

A highlight will be going out for a coached row on Quartermaster Harbor.

Two sessions are available on June 4, the first from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the second from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The event is free and no pre-registration is required — attendees can drop in at the session that best fits their schedule. Participants must be age 12 or older, and sign a club waiver in order to go out on the water in a rowing shell.

Boats are launched from the beach, so participants should be sure to wear water shoes. Tights and layered, close-fitting synthetic or wool clothing is also recommended since loose clothes can get caught in the equipment. Participants should also bring along their own water bottles and snacks. Baby and dog-sitting are not available; participants will need to bring a friend or partner to watch their children or four-legged friends.

Activities will include a boathouse tour, learning the rowing stroke on an erg (rowing machine), equipment review, and a 20-minute, on-water, coached session with experienced VIRC members. Arrive at least one hour prior to the end time of each session to ensure you will have time for erg practice and instruction prior to getting in the shell.

Vashon Island Rowing Club was founded in 1990 by a small group of local women. Men were invited into the club a couple of years later, and a junior crew started in 1996. Both recreational (for adults, aka masters) and competitive (master and junior) programs are available. A four-week Learn to Row Class will be held in July.

For more information, contact Debby Jackson, at 206-463-3729.