Junior Learn 2 Row Program

Designed for anyone between the ages of 12 (Year 8) 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 10.15am in front of the clubhouse ready for a 10.30am start (you must book)

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 the Captain's Team - essrccaptain@gmail.com

Please note:  It is a safety requirement to be able to swim 50m fully clothed and unaided.  If you cannot swim, unfortunately you are unable to participate in rowing.  At your first session, please bring a copy of your swimming certificate.
Coaching is conducted in single sculls to begin with and there is a chance the new beginner will fall into the river so bring a change of clothes and a towel just in case!  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 a Christmas break generally occurs from the week before Christmas until approximately mid January.
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 $300 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 $15 - $20 per event when racing with usually two events per regatta and of course travelling costs. A racing uniform (zoot suit) is also $90 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 and 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 12yrs to 18yrs with most of these regularly rowing & training each week.

48 The Boulevard, Moonee Ponds 3039  | Phone: (03) 9370 1973

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