July 16-21, 9-11:30 a.m. or 5:30-8 p.m., $150.00
Any participant is welcome to join EITHER OR BOTH of the morning or evening sessions. Those who already know how to row are welcome to skip the first day or two as well until we reach a level that they believe they can benefit from, although I anticipate having coaching available to handle different skill levels throughout the clinic.
You will be required to provide proof of swimming proficiency for every participant either from a YMCA instructor (certificate of ability to swim 250 meters and tread water for 10 minutes), SCUBA certification, lifeguard certification, or past or current participation in a club or school swimming program. Other proofs may be considered on a case-by-case basis such as prior participation in a rowing program. Each participant's parent will be required to sign a waiver as well, which can be downloaded here.
The clinic will include the following:
Day 1: (Land only) Introduction to boat basics, our boathouse, and proper ergometer technique.
Day 2: (Land and Water) Reinforce proper ergometer technique, and take practice strokes in teathered singles, begin flip testing if time permits.
Day 3: (Water) Continue flip testing and begin practicing rowing skills near the dock, including spinning, backing, docking, squaring and feathering;
Day 4: (Water) Continue practicing rowing skills with proficient athletes venturing into the lake; begin videotaping;
Day 5: (Water and Land) Develop rowing skills and begin speed training with video review and analysis;
Day 6 (morning only): (Water) Hat racing 250-500 meter pieces with recorded times and analysis.
(Intermediate skill level rowers may be asked to assist in the beginner stages, but depending on coaching availability, may also be permitted supervised water access while the others are learning the basics).
The afternoon sessions will be very hot, so wear light-colored breathable clothing, bring sweat-proof non-greasy sunscreen, and a refillable water bottle. On flip test days, bring a fresh change of clothes. Socks are required to be worn at all times in the boat. This is both for safety and hygiene. Baggy clothing is discouraged. Baggy shorts and t-shirts are susceptible to getting caught in the wheels of the moving seats and may also snag the oar handles. Blisters are mandatory. Those who arrive without them will likely leave with them. Fear not. It's just part of the sport, and the kids end up being pretty proud of them, particularly the really puffy and oozy ones. We will likewise teach proper care and healing.
Please respond to Jules Slim individually with morning and/or evening preferences so that he can begin drafting a roster of attendees and schedule staffing.
For those who can't do it that week, Coach Slim is perfectly okay seeing your child in August when he starts the Fall season.
Those for whom money is an issue will be granted special accommodation.