RIVERSPORT Offering Free Learn to Row Day in Partnership with USRowing

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Kelli Teel (405) 552-4040 ext 4993
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OKLAHOMA CITY (May 22) – OKC RIVERSPORT is hosting a free Learn to Row Day on Saturday, June 1 at the Chesapeake Boathouse on the Oklahoma River. Free lessons will be offered from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to teach participants the basics of rowing.   

The session begins on land with an overview of the sport. Participants learn the basic rowing stroke on a land rowing machine. The classes will then move to the water using stable “oar boards.” New rowers will be able to take a few strokes on the water to experience what it’s like to row in a single.    

“You don’t have to be an athlete to make it happen,” explained RIVERSPORT Executive Director Mike Knopp. “Recreational rowers range in age from 12 to 90, it’s never too early or too late to take up the sport.”   

Extended  Learn  to  Row  lessons will be offered this summer for participants interested in getting involved in the sport. RIVERSPORT offers both recreational and competitive rowing programs for both youth and adults.    

Learn to Row Day is open to anyone ages 14 and older. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes, tennis shoes and socks, and to bring a hat, sunglasses, water bottle and sunscreen.   

The sessions are free, but pre-registration is required and can be done online at https://www.riversportokc.org/lessons/learn-to-row-day/ or call (405) 552-4040 to learn more.   

ABOUT: RIVERSPORT OKC is a US Olympic and Paralympic Training Site for both rowing and canoe/kayak. The nonprofit organization has hosted numerous national and international canoe/kayak race events including 2016 US Olympic Team Trials for Canoe Slalom, 2022 ICF Canoe Sprint Super Cup and 2022 Stand Up Paddling World Cup. RIVERSPORT has been selected to host several upcoming international events including the 2025 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Cup and 2025 ICF Canoe Slalom and Sprint Super Cups. In 2026, RIVERSPORT will host the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships. RIVERSPORT is a 501c3 nonprofit located in Oklahoma City.

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