Frequently Asked Questions
WHERE IS THE SCHEDULE OF CLASSES?
The class schedule is updated on our calendar. The calendar shows all classes, programs, events and work days.
DO I HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF IRC TO TAKE CLASSES?
No membership is required for the Learn to Row class. A membership is required for the Masters Rowing Program and to use the IRC boats.
WHEN DO CLASSES BEGIN?
Learn to Row classes begin in April and continue through October. This is when the weather is the best! The complete calendar is available on our website. Adults begin with a Learn-To-Row class which is a six hour introduction to rowing. All classes require a minimum number of participants. After Learn to Row, adults will have the skills necessary for the Adult Rowing Program.
The Junior Program and Masters Program are year round programs. Those interested in rowing with the Masters should contact the Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER MY FIRST ROWING CLASS?
IRC has worked to offer programs for rowers of all levels! Adults are encouraged to keep rowing after taking their Learn-To-Row class by joining the Adult Rowing Program, offering opportunities to continue learning both sweep rowing and sculling. Many people are surprised by how long it takes to become comfortable in the boats. Rowers may opt to continue rowing recreationally for many years as part of the Adult Rowing Program or may opt to start competitive rowing as part of the Masters Sweep Program and/or the Masters Sculling Program. Rowing is truly a life-long sport!
WHAT ARE THE PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF ROWING?
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR AND BRING?
DO I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO SWIM?
It is recommended that each rower knows how to swim, but not necessary. All of our members must pass a swim test. If they pass, we keep it on file for 4 years and rowers do not have to wear a life jacket in the boat. If they do not pass the swim test, they can still row, but will have to wear a life jacket in the boat. Swim test forms can be found on our Policies and Forms page. Take the form to any pool staffed by a lifeguard (The Riviera Club, YMCA, JCC, Monon Center, etc) and complete the test.
WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE?
Please arrive 10 minutes before the start of your first class. This will allow you time to put your stuff away and turn in any forms or payment prior to the class beginning.
WHERE DO I GO?
WHAT IF IT IS RAINING THE DAY OF MY FIRST CLASS?
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ROWING AND SCULLING?
USRowing (national governing body of the sport of rowing) offers some great articles for those new to rowing. Check them out!