You should plan to arrive at the boathouse near the Madam Fortune Taylor Bridge on Laurel Street at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start of your session. You can enter the boathouse parking lot at approximately 666 West Laurel Street. You should proceed to the river side of the boathouse to the registration area on the first floor. You will get your name tag after you complete yet another waiver – this one for the City of Tampa.
If you haven’t viewed the prep materials online you might want to do that, now. This will help you understand the terminology of the sport and help you get the most of this short introduction session.
You should come prepared to have fun and to learn new things. Rowing is very easy with just a few basic steps in each stroke but, like any new activity, it can be challenging to master at first. While simple, there are many things to learn all at once. The key is to relax.
You should bring the following:
- You should wear comfortable shorts and shirt that are not loose. Loose clothing, especially shorts, can get caught in the seat.
- You should apply sunscreen before the course begins, being sure none is still on the palms of your hands.
- Wearing a hat and sunglasses that are not likely to fall off can be a good idea.
- You should bring water or athletic drink.
Half of your session will be on the water. Rowers don’t wear lifejackets but there are lifejackets in the coach’s launch in the very unlikely event an emergency occurs. Should you fall in the water - you would be the first in one of our Learn To Row sessions - you should stay at the boat and the coach will assist you.