Rowing: Not as easy as it looks
WHEN you watch the rowers glide gracefully atop the Clarence River in the early hours of the morning, you might think 'that looks pretty easy'.
Well, I am telling you now, it's not.
On Saturday morning, the Grafton Rowing Club held its monthly 'Come and Try Day' and I headed down early to do exactly that - give rowing a go.
I'd been kayaking and canoeing before, so, naturally, I arrived thinking I had some idea of what I would be doing.
But rowing is different. The seat moves, you use your legs more than your arms and you need a level of coordination that, it seems, I don't really have.
They don't simply throw you in the deep end and hope you can swim. The club members take you through the process step by step.
When I arrived, I was taken upstairs into the rowing club to learn how to row correctly, before two members took myself and another come-and-try-er down to the river for a test run.
While my timing issues got in the way a little, it's safe to say my view on rowing has changed significantly, all for the better.
The club's publicity officer Marion White said her favourite aspect of rowing was how peaceful it was on the water.
"I like the fitness, and i do compete, although I haven't competed in a while," she said.
Ms White added that the friends she'd made during her time with the club had been a wonderful plus.
"The people (are the best bit), and you can do it either on your own or you can do it in a crew boat."
The club hold Come and Try days each month to encourage people to join the club.
"We'd like to have more members and have more people rowing with us."
If you'd like to try rowing, or join the Grafton Rowing Club, call 0421 115 617 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.