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Make the most of your summer

Rowing is like no other sport, a true challenge to the mind and the body. At its best, rowing is all about individuals working in a perfect rhythm to make their boat move amazingly fast. Over a period of four or five weeks, the experienced coaches from the Wyandotte Boat Club will be providing you an introduction to all aspects of rowing, at a level that everyone can have fun and learn from.

Who can participate?

Any person over the age of 21 years of age is invited to participate. You don’t have to be an “athlete’, but rowing is a sport that takes some work and as you progress the physical activity will increase. You will use your muscles to move the boat. This is a basic course for adults who have never rowed and those with basic skills.

What will you learn?

You will learn one of the two basic forms of rowing, called sweep rowing. In Sweep, you have one large oar that you hold with both hands. During the five week session you will learn the vocabulary of rowing, good general exercise practices, and of course how to row on the Detroit River.

The Schedule

All sessions are 4 weeks for the beginners class.The first week and half will be an introduction to rowing, learning the equipment, how it works, watching video, rowing on the rowing machines, and beginning to learn the motions of rowing in Wyandotte’s indoor rowing tanks. The first week requires your mandatory attendance as water safety and equipment handling are covered.

The rest of the schedule will be training and rowing on the water. The sessions are held rain or shine.

What you can expect from the Wyandotte Boat Club?

The most important part of the program is making sure you have a safe and fun experience. So the WBC requires their coaches to have US Rowing coaching certification or working towards it.

The equipment you will be using is well maintained and holds eight rowers; this is the biggest and most stable rowing shell. A coach’s launch will be along your boat while you are rowing

Before and after your lesson you are welcomed to use the locker room and showers at the boathouse (based on COVID restrictions). After your sessions the WBC invites you upstairs to the club to socialize with fellow rowers to quench your thirst, and talk rowing.

The Details

Registration Details:

  • Beginner Session: Online registration Sorry, the beginner session is sold out!
  • Experienced Rower Session: Please contact Coach Fred Mekolon (see below for contact info)

The sessions will start for beginners and experienced rowers mid-June.

Costs: The program fee for 2021 is $130, for beginners and $150 for advanced plus WBC membership $40.00 for a year ($25 for retiree), this covers your rowing fees, WBC T-shirt, and end of session party at the club. The fee must be paid before participating. Fees are non-refundable after the first week. Based on rowing equipment, there is a limit of 20 participants in the beginners session.

Times: Experienced participants row on Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings 6:30-8pm and Saturday mornings 7-8:30am. Beginners go Mondays and Wednesdays evenings 6:30-8pm and Saturday mornings 8:30-10am. All practices will be held rain or shine, if conditions do not allow for rowing, the session will be held indoors.

2021 Adult Row Sched 1st session beginners

Adult Rowing Session info 2021

For more information please contact Program Coach- Fred Mekolon at: Email  or by text at: 734-934-3378

Fred Mekolon, Program Admin-High School Coach 14 years, Adult Rowing Coach 23 years

The coaches and experienced coxies, strive to make the summer rowing program a fun and safe experience for all participants.

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