Should clubs have a masters learn to row program?

Learn to row programmes for masters. Masters rowing has two types of member – returning rowers who learned in their youth and adult beginners. Should club boards consider adding more learn to row programs? We discuss the advantages and disadvantages.


01:30 Learn to row – who wants to do it?

02:30 Clubs need a strategy and goals first. Does LTR fit into this? Marlene coached in 1982 Boston, MA and it was the only learn to row in town.

Pathway to club membership

04:30 What is the funnel pathway to membership of the club? This is important to figure out. A community club needs presence with townsfolk.

06:00 when someone tries rowing it is either a yes or a no. Do they like it?

08:30 Pathways – some run LTR over 6-8 weeks and that isn’t effective. it’s better to do a weekend to get them hooked. A 48 hour camp where you – row Sat/Sun and learn a lot.

12:30 For a small club after LTR integrating a whole group is challenging.

Large clubs with coaches can have 3 groups – beginner /intermediate / advanced

13:30 Give the Learn to Row course members the best coach you can – It’s their first impression.

So they feel understood. Many clubs host introductions to rowing throughout the year. We recommend you add an entry level class – with a skills checklist to confirm skills before you can join the intermediate group.

17:15 LTR courses are a great fundraiser. The goal of the program is an adventure camp. Learn something new and fun.

Are masters coachable?

20:00 Are masters receptive to coaching? Or is it a lack of coach communication skills?

Masters attend camps because of coaching. When you ask what’s important to them you find a focus for your coaching.

You can’t coach masters like juniors. Give people time to explore rowing.

Masters Rowing – the book by Volker Nolte and Wolfgang Fritsch has a chapter on running a masters learn to row course. It’s exactly the way Rebecca teaches her novices. Buy the book.

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Adult learn to row courses
Club boards review learn to row strategy and pathway to membership.

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