After completion of the Learn to Row course, the new club member is encouraged to join the Development Program.
The Development program exists to take the novice rower to the next level, so that they are ready to join in with other rowing programs at ARC including recreational, competitive, or masters squads (see rowing programs
for more detail).
“Dev” picks up where LTR finishes. Instructed by ARC volunteer coaches, Dev members typically meet Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays (6:30 pm-dusk) to refine their skills and improve their stroke. ARC volunteer coaches provide on the water instruction and assist in forming crews, whether they are eights, fours or other boats. Again, the focus is on skill development. ARC recognizes that all people improve at individual rates and crews are formed according to skill level. Other factors that may be taken into consideration are fitness level and physicality (height, size, flexibility). Men will generally row with men, and women will generally row with women.
As a subset of the Recreational Rowing Program, Dev rowers have the opportunity to form crews and may choose to participate in the monthly Learn to Row Regatta and Barbeque as well as our own Hogtown Heats Regatta and the Tops and Bottom Regatta hosted by the Don Rowing Club.
The Dev program usually increases in size as the summer progresses, with more rowers from the LTR classes joining. A Dev rower's progress depends on consistency in attending practices and positive attitude. The crew that a rower will be placed in is based on “fit” and depends on skill development, fitness level, and physicality (height, size, flexibility).
Dev rowers are encouraged to continue rowing well into the fall, and those who are interested may be selected by the coaches to participate in fall Head races, including the Head of the Trent, Head of the Welland, Head of the Fish (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) or Frostbite Sprints. Crew selection may be based on availability for the particular race, previous practice attendance, erg scores, positive/team oriented attitude and best “fit” for that crew.
Over the winter, training continues, and by the following spring, a Dev athlete is ready to enter an appropriate program at ARC!
For more information on the Development program contact email@example.com