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DC Strokes' Pre-Season Camp Registration Opens

 | Published on 3/4/2011

DC Strokes’ Pre-Season Camp is back, kicking off the club’s 20th rowing season in high-speed fashion and giving rowers an immersion course on the water after the land-locked off season.

This three-day camp at the Anacostia Boathouse, March 18-20, will give participants more than 10 hours of water time, equating to nearly two weeks of regular practice for most rowers or one week for competitive team rowers. The event will focus on rowing technique, including coached rows, erging sessions, stretching and land-based exercises, and is ideally suited for second-year rowers, though all rowers are welcome.

“The camp is a great opportunity to get out on the water numerous times over the weekend,” said DC Strokes Program Director Arend Fish, who said he’s been with the team ever since falling in love with the sport during the 2008 Learn-to-Row class. “The camp provides you the opportunity to apply the feedback you’ve received from your coaches regarding your technique, areas to focus on and the opportunity to jump start the season right.”

Fish, who has been rowing with DC Strokes for four seasons and has been on the competitive team for the past two years, said the condensed time on the water is just what rowers need to get their focus back after their hiatus, kicking off the season with some positive energy and technical direction.

Participants will walk away from this camp with “areas to focus on with their technique, a sense of camaraderie and accomplishment for attending what can be a physically challenging weekend. Hopefully with the energy to make DC Strokes 20th season a great one,” he said.

“And with anything you are trying to master, the more practice you get, the better.”

The camp is $50 for three days, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is open to members and nonmembers.

As always, March can be unpredictable for weather. Please be sure to come prepared for any weather situation. Participants will be on the water as much as possible.

Register now.