GRR Frequently Asked Questions
What are the practice times?
Juniors practice five days a week in the afternoons from 4:00 to 6:00pm Monday thru Friday. There are occasional Saturday morning practices, but weekends are reserved for regatta days during season. Competitive Masters train at the best time of day, 5:30 to 7:00am on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. On Saturdays we tend to sleep in and start at 6:30. Even though everyone moans at the early hour of practice it becomes an addiction as experience the magnificent sunrise over the calm sleepy, still water. Learn to Row and intermediates are offered evening hours, usually at 6pm but that depends on each individual group's availability.
Where is Great River Rowing/Where do you train?
Great River Rowing is in Shelton, CT and we train on the beautiful Housatonic River which separates Fairfield and New Haven Counties. Our boathouse is located inside Beacon Point Marina, 722 River Rd. Our boathouse is simple but our river is tremendous, we have 14 miles of the most pristine water and scenery imaginable.
What are your rowing seasons?
Rowing is a Full Year-round sport. We break the year down into four seasons for our Junior program and three season for our Masters.
Spring: (For Masters it is Spring/Summer) Spring season is Sprint Season. We get back on the water and train for racing that is done side-by-side with up to five other crews. Sprint distance is 2000 meters for juniors and 1000 meters for adults. Juniors typically begin Spring season in Mid-March and Masters around the first of April ... it all depends on the weather, and runs to early June.
Summer: While Masters continue in their training, the juniors take a couple of weeks off to finish up school then return for Summer season around the 20th of June. Summer season is a wonderful time to work on technique and also get into small boats to heighten your rowing skills. For juniors, the population is a bit smaller so there is more individual focused attention. Masters do the bulk of the racing in the Summertime gearing up for the big event, Masters Nationals in mid-August.
Fall: Is all about Head Season. We focus both groups for distance racing (races up to three miles in length). We put on a lot of miles in the Fall in preparation of those events with focus on efficiency. Fall season starts around Labor Day and goes until the first week of November with the big final race down in Tennessee.
Winter: While Winter-time is dreaded by all rowers, because we leave the water and head indoors, it is the best time of year to build our bodies ... especially for the juniors. For three months from early December to the start of March we are in the gym working on the ergs, weights, plyos, TRX, etc to gain muscle and build much needed conditioning for the upcoming year
What do we need to bring to practice sessions?
1. Clothing: In your LTR program we will discuss the many factors you need to know about clothing since we are outdoors with changing conditions. For the most part, wear gym type clothing that is form fitting and not loose and baggy, baggy items will get caught up in the seat wheels and loose shirts will be encumbering.
2. Shoes: you will not need shoes in the boat, but wear running or exercise shoes for practice, if conditions do not allow us to go out we will do land exercises for conditioning.
3. Socks: You will want good socks to wear inside the boat shoes which can often be damp and also to have on when walking on the dock to retrieve your shoes. With that, bring an extra dry pair to change into after.
4. Misc. items: Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and anything else to protect your skin from the sun and wind
5. Last, WATER: You will get thirsty and there is no water fountain out on the water
What is the Learn To Row Program and do I need prior experience to do it?
Great River Rowing invites you to learn the sport of Rowing, no prior rowing experience necessary. In your four-week program we will teach you all the basics of rowing; the terms, the equipment, the stroke, and the technique. You will enjoy every second as you learn about the universe we call Rowing! GRR will supply everything you need, you just need to bring your winning and willing attitude to learn!
Once I finish the Learn to Row Program What happens next?
After completing the Learn To Row (LTR) you can move into the Intermediate Program. Typically the Intermediates train alongside the competitive group, and even mix in to their line-ups, but they are not pushed to compete/race. When both you and the coach feel you are ready for racing you then advance to the Competitive group. Your Intermediate training will help you to grow and improve rowing skills, technique, fitness, and conditioning for advanced novice thru starting competitive level racing.
What is the Competitive Program and who can sign up for it?
Our competitive program is offered to seasoned rowers that have, or are looking to, compete in our sports premier regattas. Based on your history and goals you will be given a training regimen to increase your skills and conditioning to help you succeed.