Rowing Tips For Beginners
If you are planning on either canoeing, white water rafting or simply using a small fishing boat, you may want to learn some rowing tips. If you cannot steer or maneuver the boat correctly, you could hit a tree limb or some other obstacle in the water. By doing this, you could also tip or shake the boat and this can result in you and your possessions falling overboard. In most situations, people can just climb back on board and start again. But if you are in a river or waterway that has a strong current, your life can be in danger. It may be a good idea to start to learn some rowing tips in a calm lake or pond.
Before you start your rowing trip, you should bring someone with you that already knows how to row. An experienced rower can sit at the back of the boat and make sure that you are not going to hit anything. Steering is usually done from the back of the boat when two or more people are on board and an experienced person can probably help you with more rowing tips.
Before you get started in learning rowing tips, you can choose oars that are right for you. Oars come in many different sizes and you should make sure that they fit firmly in your hands and are comfortable to use. They should enter the water with the entire oar submerged and you should never have to reach down to place them in the water. This can mean that the particular oar is too small for you and you should get a different sized oar.
There are usually oar holders in every small boating vessel. These oar holders help to keep the oars in place while rowing. You do not have to use them but if you are a beginner it may be a good idea to place them in the holders to see how they are supposed to feel and sit in the water. They are easier to handle in the oar holders and you can begin to see how the rows work in the water. Steering is a breeze with oar holders. You can place both oars in the water and pull back to move in a straight, forward position. To steer either to the right or to the left, just use either the right of left oar. Use the same principle to move the vessel backwards. Place the oars in back of you and move them forward. You can get used to using the oars in the oar holders and when you feel comfortable you can remove them to begin to use the oars without the holders.
If you will be boating with another person, the most experienced rower should be sitting at the back of the boat. The person in the back regulates steering, while the person in front aids with speed. With more than one person boating, you can go faster. It helps for both people to row at exactly the same time to gain extra speed. While trying to turn one way or the other, the person in the front of the boat should refrain from rowing until the boat goes in the right direction.
When you get used to rowing and learn all of the rowing tips you can try to steer the boat for yourself. This is a bit different from using the oar holders. You can tip the oars up or down while the boat is moving to go in either direction. It can take a bit of time and practice to do this correctly but in no time you should be able to row by yourself without a problem.