Our six hour program takes the experience of rowing and team building even further than our three hour program. It includes lunch and invites participants to take out 8-person racing shells in the afternoon!
To prepare for rowing in the estuary, you’ll begin the day with an introduction to the rowing stroke while still on land! We’ll teach you proper form using the ergometer, an indoor rowing machine that is used by all competitive and recreational rowers. Every participant will learn the exact same drills that we use on the water every morning, and will develop the confidence to apply this technique in a boat. The “erg” is an ideal tool for participants of all ages and physical abilities; it’s low impact and does not require any previous fitness experience.
After learning the rowing stroke, you’ll study a rowing shell (boat) and its components up close. What’s starboard, and where’s the stern? Rowers actually face backwards, or away from the direction we’re moving, so it’s important to learn some technical terminology while we’re still on land and can examine the shell up close! This is when you’ll learn how to use your oar, practice putting an 8-person shell in the water in unison, and understand how critical it is to trust the person sitting in front of and behind you.
It’s time to get on the water! You’ll board an 16-person, flat-bottom rowing barge (very stable) and put into practice what you’ve learned. We’re fortunate to row in the Oakland Estuary, a gorgeous body of water that provides a unique view of Oakland’s Jack London Square, the Port of Oakland’s cranes, and the colorful Alameda houseboats. The Oakland Estuary has seen some of the most epic rowing races in history, and UC Berkeley’s crew teams row out of a boathouse nearby. You’ll have plenty of time to experience the unique kind of teamwork that is required to move a boat in unison, and we’ll make sure to take some photos of you in action!
After heading back to the dock, you’ll have the opportunity to debrief this collaborative experience with your colleagues and our highly experienced coaching staff.
Lunch. We’ll share rowing stories, and talk about the essential lessons about teamwork that can be applied both on and off the water.
After practicing in the barge, participants are ready to experience the same type of boats that competitive rowers use: 8 rowers plus a coxswain to steer!
We can customize each program, within limits, to fit your team. Find some information below to help you assess our program.
- Group Size: Min 10. Let us know if your group is larger than 32.
- Months offered: April through October
- 6 hours – 9-12, Lunch break, 1-3
- Coaches (2)
- Rowing in a shell
- Coffee in the morning, light snack at end of the day
- Speaker – Your choice
- Speaker – Our choice – Cost: $200
- Length: 15 minutes with 15 min Q&A
- Flat Fee of $1699 + Per Person cost of $160
50% Deposit due upon signing agreement. Balance due no later than 3 days prior to the event. 100% refundable if cancelled 10 days prior to the event. Attendee list and lunch order required 10 days prior to the event
Contact Us: To learn more about the programs and terms contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org