The following describes what to expect from a LPCR Four Day Youth Learn-to-Row, Summer 2020
The LPCR Four Day Youth-Learn-to-Row program meets MTWTh, 4:00 - 600 pm.
Entry is by pre-Registration only, but is free to any member of the Twin Cities community under the age of 18.
The uncertainty that Covid-19 has brought to community pursuits this summer has been a challenge to all.
At Lake Phalen Community Rowing, we have chosen to follow all Minnesota State recommendations for safety. We recognize that these are changing on a regular basis; every effort is being made from our side to keep current with new information as it is made available to the public.
Equipment is disinfected after every user.
Our coaches and volunteers wear masks at all times while interacting with the public.
Insofar as is possible, social distance measures are respected, though in an environment where participants are out on the water and learning to balance in a narrow boat, these must be balanced with water safety precautions.
We are opting for small Youth classes this summer, with no more than six participants per session. This allows us an almost 1:1 ratio of coaches and coaching assistant volunteers for each boat. Small scale, perhaps, but in these challenging times we feel that this is the best and safest way to get novice rowers out on the water. Participants are boated in training singles or sibling doubles. This is not the easiest way to learn to row: in non-Covid times, novices are more commonly introduced to rowing in boats with eights or four seats--bigger, more stable boats where the larger weight of the boat and its multiple crew member remove much of the challenge of staying balanced and afloat. But there are compensations: learning to row in a single is challenging, but the combination of the "reactivity" of the boat and the necessity of individual coaching mean that the "learning curve" is fast and rewarding.
Participants in our four day Youth Learn-to-Rows are instructed to arrive wearing clothes that can get wet. After being familiarized with the equipment on land, capsize drills are one of the first on-the-water lessons. These drills are both fun and serve to directly familiarize those coaching with their students' comfort level and competency in the water.
LPCR's goal is, that by the program's end, everyone enrolled will have the capability to launch, and row, a single scull training boat.
As of the second week of August, 2020, we are proud to share that that goal has, so far, been met.
Seeing participants work through the frustrations of being held at the side of the lake, unbalanced and uncertain, through to the freedom to move at liberty around and across the lake, competent and even comfortable in their seat, is highly rewarding for our coaches and coaching volunteers. And on day four's end, the relaxed and smiling faces mean that we have accomplished another goal still: participants who have enjoyed themselves and gained a new, and not-exactly-easy-to-learn skill.