2018 Learn to Row For FREE!
Saturday, June 2nd - 8 am - noon* National Learn to Row Day!
You’ve always wanted to give it a try, haven’t you? You’ve seen those long, beautiful boats with the long oars moving gracefully across the water at the Olympics, on the Charles River, and now, on Squam Lake! Perhaps you’ve caught a glimpse of our rowers greeting the sunrise over the Sandwich Range. You’ve seen boats with 8 people, some with 4, singles, and what is it about the small person in the back? SLA is lucky enough to host Squam Community Rowing, a sweep and sculling club open to rowers and wanna-be rowers ages 18 to 108. We’re anxious to share this elegant sport with you, so if you’re ready to join us, your first sculling lesson is FREE! We’ll work with you to be competent to row with others in a quad, four, or double, or even take a spin around Great Island in one of our training or racing singles! We row seven days a week, and once you have demonstrated competence with the boats and on the water, you’ll be able to row on your own or with others at times convenient to your schedule. Sound like fun?
The Learn to Row clinic will provide basic introduction to rowing and sculling, first on land and then on the lake!
SCR is thrilled to have this opportunity to learn with our coaches and we hope you will join us. The clinic will last four hours at our club's home at Squam Lakes Association in Holderness. We welcome all rowers and wanna-be rowers aged 18 through 108 years. We have limited seats available for this great clinic, so you’ll want to reserve your first-come, first-fun seat by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Learn to Row Form: scr_learntorow_form_2018.pdf 2018 SCR Waiver: scr_release_form_newlogo.pdf
Preregistration is required. Want a second try? Come and row for a second time for a donation to the club! If you later decide to make a season-long commitment to rowing, your donation can be deducted from the price of a yearly membership in Squam Community Rowing. Come learn to row with us and enjoy the fitness and friendships of this lifetime sport!
Questions? This will help! faq_scr_new_rowers.pdf
Read Mary Ann Lee McGarry's experience with SCR: www.squamlakes.org/news/learning-row-learning-write
*Can't make this date or the session is full? Propose another date and time!
Our generous coaches will provide additional LTR instruction at a time that works for both you and the coach. We don't want to abuse this generous offer, so won't schedule more than one LTR session per week.
John has been involved in rowing for 35 years, first rowing for his Oxford college when he was in England for graduate school. During his three years there, he spent as much time on the water as in the library, eventually captaining his crew to one of its most successful years, winning many local regattas and crossing the pond to row in several head races, including the Head of the Charles. When he finally returned stateside, he taught English and coached the girls varsity crew at Phillips Academy, Andover, which won consecutive NEIRA championships in his four years there and a national championship in 1992. His crews have included eventual junior national team members and many collegiate rowers. He has also coached the Middlesex School girls varsity while serving as Assistant Head of School and did a stint as a sculling coach with Community Rowing’s learn-to-row program out of the Lasell College boathouse on the Charles when he was Upper School Head at Fessenden School. While pursuing his teaching and administrative career in independent schools, John ended up at places without rowing programs, including his current home at Holderness School, making him all the more happy to be back on the water again this summer with SCR, both in a scull and a coaching launch.
I grew up watching my brother row from Boat House Row in Philadelphia. Without women’s high school programs “back in the day”, it wasn’t until college that I had the opportunity to finally get into a boat. It was love at first stroke. I rowed for Oregon State University and we won both 1st and 2nd at the NWRA National Championships in Oakridge, TN in 1980. I was in and out of boats for the next several decades, but I returned to Masters rowing in earnest in the early 2000’s. I continue to train and compete year round and am currently training for Master's Nationals and Master’s World Championships in 2017 in Bled, Slovenia with my club, Masters Coaching. I coach part time with the Manchester Rowing Alliance with over 120 high school students from Manchester, Londonderry and Memorial High Schools. My late husband was a national champion and successful rowing coach. My two sons had successful rowing careers at Tabor, Dartmouth, and Bates, winning Club Nationals, rowing at the Henley Royal Regatta (London), winning New Englands, etc. One son continues to coach at the Collegiate and Middle School Levels. I am passionate about rowing at all levels; touring, recreational and competitive. I love sharing my passion with others and find great joy in seeing someone else discover the lifelong joys of rowing. Row for life!