Rowing is a sport that helps achieve a total body workout. Rowing takes place in a rowing "shell" a long, narrow and very light boat holding either one, two, four or eight participants. The shells are only slightly wider than a person's shoulders and about ten inches deep and are propelled by oars on each side. In a "eights" shell, there are four oars on the each side, one for each rower. Each rower sits on a sliding seat, with their feet strapped to the boat, to exert their full force to pull the oar back and push the boat. Competitive rowers race at the pace of a four minute mile through water!
The rowing action is as follows:
In an eight person or 4 person shell, the coxwain, steers the boat and instructs the rowers on their rowing pace.
Rowers require basic gym equipment, shirt, shoes, and shorts. The rowing shells are provided by the rowing clubs.
The Halifax Rowing Club (902/423-0323 ) is located at the St. Mary's Boat Club
in Halifax (Jubillee Rd and fairfield Rd), and lies on the Northwest Arm, a
stretch of water that is approximately 6 km in length with many scenic views along the way.
For about $100, the aspiring rower will get a eight hour two-week program includng on-the-water training. Novice rowers begin in a training shell, which is more stable than the racing shells. As the rower becomes more comfortable, they are coordinated into crews for more regular rowing training. Learn-to row sessions begin in early May. You can practice your rowing technique at many fitness clubs who have proper rowing machines (called "ergometers"). The largest rowing event in Nova Scotia is the Nova Scotia Sprints which are held the third weekend in July on Lake Banook. Of interest is the Halifax Dragon Boat Festival (902.425.5454 ext 344), held early in July each year. Each dragon boat team consists of 20 paddlers, a drummer, and a trained steer-person.