You can begin by taking one of our Learn to Row classes (adults), Private Lessons or Novice Classes (Youth).
Rowing is an excellent aerobic workout for your entire body
You use your legs, back, core, arms, and hands to row. It is one of the few sports that involves all the major muscle groups in the body. Getting all of those parts to work together is a fun challenge, too! It's what keeps us coming back for more! For those who can no longer endure the impact of running, mogul skiing or other contact sports, rowing is for you!
Rowing races (regattas) take place on all types of waters - lakes, rivers, inlets
In the Pacific Northwest, we are lucky enought to race in some of the most beautiful places in the country – and you get to spend all day (sometimes longer) there.
Rowing can be your second sport
Once you’ve decided to stop running because you’ve worn down your knees or ankles, or hung up your cleats because you can’t run for 90 minutes straight anymore, you can take up rowing and do it for many more years.
Rowing is quiet
You can enjoy the beauty of Lake Whatcom without disturbing nature or polluting the lake. Have you ever been on the water when an eagle dives for breakfast or dinner?
Rowing can be recreational or competitive
At WRA you have the option to be recreational or competitive. We have rowers who are training to compete at the national level and others who are simply looking to try a new sport or work on their fitness.
No other sport will look as beautiful as your rowing team in sync
No other sport will look this graceful and cool. When done right, rowing appears effortless. Only you, your teammates and your coach know the truth.
Your kids are not into team sports at school
Parents – if your child(ren) are not into team sports, but want to do something athletic, this might be the right fit! WRA is a club, not associated with a particular school, however, we are one of only two non-scholastic sports endorsed by the Bellingham Public Schools.
Youth in the junior program have come from schools across Whatcom County, including Lynden and Bow. Rowing helps youth develop high self-esteem, learn personal accountability, teamwork, goal-setting and goal achievement. Unlike traditional competitive sports, rowing creates an atmosphere in which the desire for self and team-improvement motivates individuals to develop their natural abilities and help others to do the same.
We practice on beautiful Lake Whatcom
Lake Whatcom is 10 miles long and 1 mile wide at its widest. On beautiful autumn nights you can see fish jumping and full moons rising. In the quiet morning you can see your reflection in the water and watch the slow sunrise peek up as you row.
You will make friends and you will learn a lot about yourself in a boat
Rowing is the ultimate team sport. When you are part of a crew, you stop being an individual and become a part of a team, in the truest sense. When rowing with others, the object is to perform at your maximum capacity for the duration of a race, doing exactly the same thing as everyone else in the boat. There is no physical contact, but each person must be mentally connected to the others and the feel of the boat. This sense of unity is challenging, but ultimately rewarding when it is felt by the entire crew.
If you don’t always want to row, and love to boss people around, this is the sport for you.
Coxswains (pronounced “cox-sins”) are very popular people when eight big, hearty rowers want to take a boat out on a calm water day. They can’t do it without you. The cox is the liaison between the coach and the crew.
You get to learn a new language
In this sport “catching a crab” is not a good thing. But “swinging” – that elusive feeling when near-perfect synchronization of motion happens – that is a very good thing. Rowing has a lot of unusual words and learning to use then correctly, particularly the commands, is like mastering a foreign language.
You can row alone or with others
If you like spending time by yourself when you exercise, sculling in a single might be the right fit for you. But, if you like doing repetitive motions while staring at the back of the person in front of you and following their every move, you should definitely be in a quad, a four or an eight. Of course, if you prefer something in-between, then a pair or a double might do the trick. You get to learn to work in a team.