physical requirements for learn to row
In order to get the most out of your class and for your own safety, general fitness is required. You need to be able to:
If you're not sure you can handle this physically, please contact email@example.com with any questions. We can also arrange for you to come watch a practice and see what it's like.
Swimming ability is required for class participation. Rowing is a water sport and it's important that you feel confident in the water in case of an emergency. The Swim Test is: swim 50 yards, tread water for 10 minutes, and then put on a life jacket.
Please bring your completed Swim Test Form, SCUBA certification or Life Guard certification to your first class.
What if I am not a strong swimmer?
How do I complete the swim test?
Q: What should I wear for the swim test?
Q: What if I'm already certified as a SCUBA diver or life guard?
A: Have you earned your certification within the last five years? If so, please send a picture or scan of your certification to our LTR coordinator. If your certification is more than five years old, please complete a swim test (or get re-certified).
Q: What pools can I use?
A: You're welcome to use any pool you have access to, as long as it has a lifeguard. A lot of pools are closed due to the pandemic. We will try to provide pool updates here as we learn more about which pools are open.
Q: What if the pool doesn't have life jackets?
We can lend you one for the swim test. Please contact our LTR coordinator to arrange this.
Q: What if I can't find an open pool?
If you're a confident swimmer and feel comfortable swimming in the lake, you can test with one of our instructors or coaches. Please contact our LTR coordinator if you are interested in doing this.
detailed swim test instructions
One of our members went to the Verona pool for a swim test and wrote up these instructions for us. Thank you, Nancy!
1. The Verona Area Aquatic Center can administer the swim test.
2. You must sign up in advance and pay for an open swim session on line. There are limited spots, so plan in advance since spots fill up.
4. Create an account/login.
5. Click "programs", "open swim". Choose your time for open swim and click register now. Unless you are a Verona resident, you may not choose times that say"VASD res.only".
6. Pay for your program. My session was $4.00 plus service charge.
7. Take to your session:
8. Go to Verona Aquatic Center at the Verona HS, 234 Wildcat way. Do NOT go to the Verona Natatorium, even if your registration says Verona Natatorium.
9. Let the person at the desk know you are there for the swim test. I had Lifeguard Lindsay who knew about MRC and was great. Shower before entering pool. Hand the test sheet to the lifeguard so they know what you need to do.