Taking place from 10 a.m. to noon, the short two-hour event will provide a quick introductory lesson before sending participants to test the waters in four-seater sweep oar boats as well as a single-rower scull.

Boats, oars, and enthusiasm will be churning up the Lake Siskiyou waters this coming Saturday as the local Shasta Rowing satellite club invites community members across the county to join them for a meet-and-greet learning day at the Lake Siskiyou Campground boat ramp. Taking place from 10 a.m. to noon, the short two-hour event will provide a quick introductory lesson before sending participants to test the waters in four-seater sweep oar boats as well as a single-rower scull. Those who may be less comfortable getting out on the lake or would like to practice beforehand are welcome to use rowing machines, which will be available on land, and serve to simulate the pull of the oars through the water.

At the start, participants will be introduced to members of the rowing club before going over the basic rules and guidelines of the sport. After this, they will jump into a lesson in technique to get them started on the water. There, they will practice the rowing motions as well as the teamwork required to produce the synchronous movement that makes the boats cut smoothly through the water. It is a team-building experience and encourages cooperativeness and listening skills as the rowers aim to achieve equilibrium in their motion.

“(The event) is open to all those that would like to row, whether you've done it before, or never had a go,” says Erika Bruser, founder of the local satellite club. “We look forward to meeting you!”

Anyone from the ages of 13 and up can participate, and in more ways than just to row: helpers and supervisors are also welcomed, and those with prior experience as rowers are invited to assist with coaching. High school students in particular are encouraged to try it out. Rowing is a great way to get outside in the summer, and allows kids to engage in healthy competition as well as cooperation, all while providing an excellent means to stay active while having fun.

The organizers remind those considering participation that there is a $1 per-person fee to gain entry into the campgrounds, which will be paid at the booth at front. Otherwise the event is free to attend – though the club would greatly appreciate donations to help build and sustain their work.

For further information, questions, or concerns, Erika Bruser is available to contact at erikabruser@gmail.com.

The Shasta Rowing Association looks forward to bringing members of the community together for a fun and challenging experience, and hopes to inspire an appreciation for the sport within participants for the goal of sharing the love of rowing with the rest of the county.