Every season, new rowers, or novices, are an important part of our team.  Novice rowers compete against each other and also have the opportunity to make an impact on the JV and Varsity level.  Below are some answers to questions you may have about Grosse Ile Rowing. 

Why should I row?
Below are comments made by members of our team.

  • “It’s a lot of fun rowing with so many of my friends and making new ones.”
  • “I’m in great shape and it helped me in other sports.”
  • “Traveling and racing in other states and in Canada is challenging and fun.”
  • “It’s different and the team is really cool.”
  • “I love being on the water.”
  • “Going fast in a boat is a great feeling.”

What if I’ve never rowed before?
That's okay.  Most of our new rowers have never participated in the sport before.  As a new rower, or novice, you will spend part of your first season rowing with and competing against other novices.  If it's something you're interested in, the sooner you can start the better. 

How do you train for rowing? 
Our training program involves time spent on indoor rowing machines, or ergs, lifting weights, other cross-training activities and ultimately, rowing.  The physical benefit gained through rowing makes it an excellent cross training sport. 

When do rowers practice?
Early season practices are in the afternoon at Parke Lane Elementary School and the Wyandotte Boat Club.  Later in the season, when the weather and sunrise permits, we will spend time practicing in the morning on the water.  Morning practices provide the best conditions for rowing.  Also, since practice is before school, most of your afternoons are free. 

How much does it cost? 
We work very hard to raise funds to offset the cost of our season.  Many GI rowers have been able to pay for entire seasons through participation in team and individual fundraisers.  No one with financial concerns will be denied a spot on the team.  The Grosse Ile Rowing Club will work with all individuals to minimize the costs involved. 

What if I can’t swim? 
That's okay.  The safety of our rowers is our primary goal.  Rowing has inherent risks and accidents can happen.  However, we work with all of our athletes to develop on-water comfort and safety.  

What if someone said ______ about rowing?
The most important thing you can do is find out for yourself.  The coaches and rowers can answer any questions you may have.