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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
If you can't get the swim test done before class, please let us know and we can set up a test during the class weekend.
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.
The Middleton Aquatic Center has open swim time available for $4. You need to sign up for a time beforehand. They are strictly limiting attendance and taking a lot of precautions. Registration opens every Thursday for the next week (Monday-Sunday).
The YMCA has open pools, but you need to be a member to access them (day passes are not available during the pandemic).
The Goodman Pool will open July 15th.
Some private pools are open, like the Cherokee Country Club and Maple Bluff Country Club pools. If you know a member, these might be worth a try. I don't know if the lifeguards will do tests, so please call first.
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.