Junior Learn 2 Row Program

Designed for anyone between the ages of 13 and 18 years old that would like to learn how to row. If your child is younger than this but still keen to get involved we can teach them the fundamentals of rowing from the coxswain seat. Membership for coxswains is FREE!!

We teach our new junior rowers most Sunday mornings, meeting at 10.20am in front of the clubhouse for a 10.30am start.

For first timers we suggest starting on the first Sunday of each month which enables us to group you all together so you can learn as a team.

Our volunteer coaches have a wealth of coaching experience with some of their rowers progressing to state and national representation over the years.

To book your first session please contact coach Glenn 0414 256 958 or send an Email to captain@essrc.com

Please be aware we usually teach in single sculls to begin with and there is a chance the new beginner will fall into the river so they need to bring a change of clothes, a towel and to be able to swim at least 50m in their rowing clothes, float for at least 2mins and swim underwater for 5 metres. Ideally a copy of a swimming certificate should be provided or at least an assurance from the parent that the child's swimming ability meets the minimum requirements. Best to avoid loose fitting clothes with pockets as they can get caught up with the oar handles while rowing. NOTE: We do not wear life jackets in rowing.
 
Coaches Holidays: We normally have a break after Easter at the end of the Summer Season for approx 4 - 6 weeks so coaching will usually recommence on the 1st weekend in June. Also Xmas break this year will be last session on 20th Dec 2015 and resume on 17th Jan 2016.
 
Some Rowing info -
Training is free for the first four Sunday Learn to Row sessions using our volunteer coaches but then the new recruit will need to decide if they wish to continue then they will have to join the club at a current cost of $250 for the full financial year or Pro-Rata for a lesser period. A beginner training session may be cancelled due to very bad inclement weather such as strong winds, too hot, too cold or very heavy rain.
Other costs in our sport are entry fees which vary a lot per regatta & event but average $13 - $15 per event when racing with usually two events per regatta and of course travelling costs. A racing uniform (zoot suit) is also $70 but does not need to be purchased until you are ready to compete.
Normally a beginner will take between 3 and 6 months before they are ready to race depending on how often they train. 
The summer season starts in early September and finishes in April with regattas on most weekends held in various venues such as in the City on the Yarra river, Geelong, Footscray, Nagambie, Ballarat etc.
The winter season is a lot shorter going from mid May to end of July with most events on the Yarra in single sculls and entry only by those enthusiastic enough to brave the cold!
For entry into regattas each rower notifies the coach which regattas they can attend (usually via facebook) and then the coaches select the crews for each event. As they progress in the sport the training becomes more intense and more frequent.
We ask beginners once they have joined the club, to train at least one extra session per week & preferably two aside from the Sunday sessions. 
Currently the junior squad numbers vary each year from approx at least 10 to 50 boys & girls aged 13yrs to 19yrs with most of these regularly rowing & training each week.
ERC is recognized as one of Victoria's most successful clubs with an outstanding junior program. The club has won the annual State Premiership and Club Championship each season from 2009 until 2013 and our juniors have been a major contributor to this success!

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