Information and Frequently Asked Questions
What does rowing involve/why row?
You do not need to know how to swim or wear a bathing suit! The oars are in tanks of water and you sit on a moving seat next to the tanks of water. Aside from a little splashing from time to time, you will not get wet.
Snug-fitting shorts or pants (very baggy shorts or pants can get caught in moving parts of the slide). No, spandex is not required, but might be helpful!
Comfortable layers, since the building's temperature can vary. Very long shirts will need to be tucked in the back so they don't get caught in moving parts.
Water bottle or money to purchase a drink from the vending machine.
Small hand towel if you tend to sweat a lot.
- Rowing is a great low-impact, total body workout. You will improve your cardiovascular system, muscle and core strength, flexibility, and mental stamina.
- Believe it or not, the legs are worked the hardest in rowing, not the arms!
- While rowing is one of the most team-oriented sports around, it is also allows participants to train at their own level, allowing individual growth and achievement.
- Rowing is a lot of fun and great stress relief.
What is inside PIRC?
- There are three tanks of water that are 1.5 feet deep and 6 feet wide by 40 feet long. There are also 24 rowing machines (ergometers). We have indoor restrooms, coat rack, and cubby space.
Can I just stop in to row?
We rent out the PIRC to other groups that schedule time. If you are interested in rowing, you can visit the web sites for these groups to learn about their learn to row programs (or advanced programs if you already know how to row).
- Genesee Waterways
- Genesee Rowing Club
This one is oriented towards women:
- Adventure Out
If you are of high school age, you can contact a high school program in your area:
- Brighton, Rochester: Brighton Crew
- Fairport: Fairport Crew
- Pittsford: Pittsford Crew
Spencerport has just started a team, although there is not a web site yet. PIRC Manager if you are interested.