By Marissa Long
Beach Crew reached out to students at Week of Welcome and through Instagram ads to come to the boathouse on Friday, February 2nd, 2024, for recruiting day. Students had the opportunity to learn more about rowing and join the crew for practice with no prior experience necessary. Current crew members got to the boathouse early to set up a sign-up table in front of the boathouse and ergs in the gym. There was a total of 19 new
recruits that showed up.
The practice began with introductions by coaches and student officers. Instructions for rowing started on the ergs by showing the new recruits each step of the stroke, from arms to adding body and then finally the legs. Two current rowers sat up front on ergs to give a proper visual of how it was done. Coaches and crew members walked around the gym to help recruits improve their form.
After the ergs, recruits were brought out onto the wash deck to get a closer look at eight-person rowing boats. Beach Crew did a quick demonstration on how to handle the boat and lift it off and onto stretchers. The recruits got hands-on experience, with the help of current rowers, on how to properly handle an eight on land.
Once they mastered that lesson, recruits took the boats town onto the docks. They were taught how to handle oars and get in and out of the boat on the dock. Lastly, recruits got to try out the dock boxes to simulate what rowing on the water actually feels like. Overall, it was a successful recruiting day with many eager and engaging recruits.