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It never ceases to amaze me the number of organisations that offer either free or low-cost Come & Try days.
These are tasters for an activity that you think you might like but aren't 100% sure about. Perhaps because there are nagging questions at the back of your mind. Like: Sounds great in theory but would I really enjoy it? What will the other people be like? Is my body up to it? Will it give me the sort of exercise I need? Or you might simply be of the persuasion that life it too short not to try as many different things as you can.
Another option is rowing at the Y Rowing Centre on Albert Park Lake.
These sessions are held on the first Sunday of each month all year long. Bookings are not necessary unless you have a group of 6 or more. You simply turn up, receive some basic pointers, then they let you row in their olympic-type shells, which is the fancy but correct name for the boats.
You don't even need to bring your own crew as there are always lots of beginners like yourself who they can slot together to make up a team. Then if you like it you might want to join a team at a later stage.
Age is not a restriction as they say it is open to people from
13 to 80. Typical gear includes a pair of thick socks, t-shirt, bike shorts or track pants and a warm top during the winter.
Rowing is a great sport. Not only is it great fun, but it also provides a great overall aerobic workout of both your upper and lower torso. It is also low impact, so can be an alternative to running for those with knee injuries. And being part of a team is always fun - for a few laughs and that feeling of being all in it together.
Plus Albert Park Lake is a gorgeous setting with its lapping water, the swans and other bird life. Plus there are so many other people out exercising, running, walking, and riding bikes that you really feel inspired!
So give it a go. Come on put your oars in the water.