Have you ever seen rowers out alone or in groups on the water, slicing across the water in their sleek little sculls, and wondered what that would be like? Believe me, it is fantastic fun, a beautiful outdoor experience, and great exercise! Since our son started rowing competitively, my husband and I have caught the rowing bug. Last year at a Marin Rowing Association fundraiser, we bid on a couple of lessons offered at The Open Water Rowing Center in Sausalito, and won (so-to-speak) them.
This boat house, club and training center is a great local resource to get you in the water and outfit you with everything you need for sculling (rowing with two oars). Their teachers are great, and can get you up and running in a lesson or two, depending on your balance, coordination and fitness level. They’re especially patient with beginners. If you just want to try things out for a while without buying all your equipment, you can rent the sculls and oars there. Or, if you’re ready to go, they can order you a shell, oars, and other accessories. They also give great advice about what to get, depending on your level of interest and skill, and how much you want to spend. And, once you’ve got your equipment, they’re particularly helpful about repair and replacement issues.
The water is best in the morning, and the OWRC’s hours reflect that. So if you want to drop by or phone, note that they are frequently closed by 1:30 or 2 in the afternoon.
Where: 85 Libertyship Way #102, Sausalito (map)