Green Days & Open House

W-L will be hosting our annual Fall Green Days and an Open House starting in October. What follows is everything you need to know to come out and see what our sport is about and give it a try!

Open House

The Open House is held specifically for novice athletes and parents. We will have current Crew Booster parents and rowers present to answer questions, get and receive information, introduce you to our sport. If enough athletes are present it is also possible to get on the water in a shell.

Who: Novices and Parents. 8th-12th grade, as long as you go (or will) to W-L. Novices can learn about the sport, experienced team members can get out and work on skills and fitness. Parents are welcome to visit.
Where: Potomac Boat Club, 5330 Water St. NW, Washington DC. Near Key Bridge.
When: October 12
Time: 9-11 am
Cost: None
Transportation: None. All athletes must find their own way to and from the boathouse. Kids often car pool. You can also run down, or catch the metro. Talk to the experienced rowers. Please do not park in front of the boathouse. There is very limited parking near PBC and most of it is metered.

Green Days

Green days are meant for training on land and on the water.

Who: Everyone. 8th-12th grade, as long as you go (or will) to W-L, or if attend H-B Woodlawn. Novices can learn the sport, experienced team members can get out and work on skills and fitness. Novices and experienced athletes will train separately.
Where: Potomac Boat Club, 5330 Water St. NW, Washington DC. Near Key Bridge.
When: Fall Green Days start Tuesday, October 1, and will run on Tues/Weds/Thurs for the first 4 weeks of October (10/1-3, 10/8-10, 10/15-17 and 10/22-24).  Two extra Green Days added: Tuesday, 10/29 and Wednesday 10/30. Practices will be at Potomac Boat club from 3:30 to 5:45pm.
Cost: None
Transportation: Athletes are responsible for their own transportation to and from Green Day practices. Talk to the experienced rowers. Here are a few common options…

  • Run from W-L using the Custis trail (this is how most student get to practice during the spring season)
  • Take metrobus line 38B which runs between WL and PBC.
  • Take Metro to Rosslyn and walk/run the rest of the way to the boathouse
  • Car pool with parents dropping off and picking up rowers at the Marriott parking lot across Key Bridge in Rosslyn.
  • Car pool with rowers. Please do not park in front of the boathouse. There is very limited parking near PBC and most of it is metered.

To go on the water you must have:

  1. Current Physical (deliver to W-L Athletic Trainer, Michael Harrington)
  2. Swim Test (more below, novice athletes only)
  3. USRowing Waiver  (Use access code: X9TXC)
  4. Potomac Boat Club Waiver
  5. Emergency Contact Form

Note: Returning rowers should bring a new emergency contact form, but their USRowing waiver from the spring is still valid until 12/31.

Swim Test

It is rare for anyone to end up in the water. However we take safety very seriously, and swim tests are mandatory. You will need a swim suit, towel, and a (very) light pair of sweat pants and sweat shirt. Please arrive and change promptly, then head out to the pool area. Wearing the sweats over your swim suit you  must:

  1. Swim three lengths of the pool (75 yards).
  2. Then tread water for one minute.
  3. Finally, after the minute treading water, you will be handed a life jacket which you must successfully put on.

All three items must be completed without touching the sides or bottom of the pool. You may use any stroke to complete the laps. If you have trouble we will help you! So don’t let swimming be a deterrent to joining the crew. (And almost never do boats flip, or people go in the water… this is merely for safety.)

Coaches will conduct a swim test twice a month for those who have not already completed the task. These dates will be placed on the crew calendar for your reference.

Note to W-L Athletes involved in other fall sports: Unfortunately you may not participate if you are already doing another fall sport for W-L. So if you have an off day or finish early you may not come to PBC to row instead. Novices are still welcome to attend the open houses on Saturdays.

Stay Informed

Join the W-L Crew Novice Interest group to receive up-to-date email notifications regarding your participation. Parents and students alike are encouraged to complete the form.
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