Learning to row strengthens the back, which is why thrifty architects often forgo marble columns in favor of rowers spray-painted gray. Become a study in sturdiness with today's Groupon to Maritime Rowing Club in Norwalk. Choose from the following three options:
- For $160, you get eight Learn-to-Row sessions (a $320 value).
- For $80, you get four Learn-to-Row sessions (a $160 value).
- For $40, you get two Learn-to-Row sessions (an $80 value).
Maritime Rowing Club's staff of distinguished competitors—one is an Olympic medalist, another a former Russian national champion—draws on decades of experience to help students master the fundamentals of pulling the paddles. During 90-minute Learn-to-Row classes, rowers bone up on water-safety basics and practice beginner-rowing techniques out on the Norwalk River. Coaches also introduce navigation principles so pupils don't inadvertently become the first people to attempt to row the Gobi Desert. The powerful dragging and thrusting required during rowing makes for excellent exercise and students learn further techniques for getting in proper oar-propelling shape. Maritime Rowing Club holds Learn-to-Row sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 a.m., 7:30 a.m., and 9 a.m., and on Saturdays at 9 a.m.
Maritime Rowing Club
With a shared exuberance for the sport of rowing, Yan and Olga Vengerovskiy founded the Maritime Rowing Club in 1996. Yan honed his skills with the Ukrainian National Rowing Team, and Olga sharpened her oars with the Russian National Team, where she won a championship. After achieving their individual and team goals in the sport, Yan took to coaching the Soviet Union Junior Women's National Team from 1973 to 1991 and Olga shared her knowledge with students at the Specialized School of Olympic Reserves in the Ukraine. To bring the Maritime Rowing Club to fruition, the couple gathered a team of experienced rowers to help them share the experience of recreational and competitive rowing with their new community in Norwalk. The squad trains interested parties of all ages through programs covering both rowing styles of sweep and sculling along the dark blue waters of the Norwalk River. In recognition of their excellence in promoting the sport, USRowing honored Yan and Olga with the John J. Carlin service award in December of 2011.