The Cazenovia Rowing Club held its annual "Learn to Row" seminar on Saturday, June 4 at Gypsy Bay Park.
Warm weather and calm water enticed more than 30 members from Cazenovia and surrounding areas to spend time with experienced club members.
Newcomers learned the fundamentals of the rowing stroke, boating terminology and specialized exercises designed to strengthen muscles utilized in rowing.
Participants also spent time rowing in eight-person or four-person shells under the guidance of a coxswain.
"This is one of the strongest responses we've had to our Learn to Row," said Cazenovia Rowing Club board member Kathy Rushworth. "It shows the sport is growing in interest and popularity within our community."
Following the club's seminar on June 10, Learn to Row participants were able to sign up for four additional, two-hour sessions, rowing with experienced club members.
Those sessions, which concluded on June 16, provided new rowers with more intensive instruction and rowing time. Graduates of the Learn to Row programs are invited to enroll in the coached Novice Masters program, under Coach Brennan McDonough. The program begins June 20 and runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday evenings through August 19.
"Our goal is to provide rowers with any and every level of experience, with an opportunity to row and grow with the club," Rushworth said.
More information on programs of the Cazenovia Rowing Club is accessible on the club's website, cazrow.org.