Q: When and where is Learn to Row and Paddle Day happening?

A: Saturday, August 8, 2015, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM at Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Lloyd Hall is situated at the corner of Kelly Drive and Waterworks Drive. On-site check in opens at 8:30 AM. First “wave” of rowers and paddlers will begin the program at 9:00 AM.

Q: Is there any fee for participating in Learn to Row and Paddle Day?

A: Yes, this year we are charging a commitment fee of $10.00 US per person. When you click or tap “Register Me” to sign up, you will be linked to EventBrite, and during the registration process you will pay the fee up front, on line.

Q: Why are you charging this fee?
A: Frankly, to discourage “no shows.” In the last two years that we ran this very popular program, we experienced more and more people who registered themselves  - sometimes along with several friends – and then never showed up. That was frustrating not only to us, but also to all the people who wanted to sign up but couldn’t because the event appeared to be “sold out.”

Q: Why can only one person sign up at a time?
A: To discourage “group” no-shows. This doesn’t mean that we don’t like groups. We just prefer groups that show up!

Q: What do I get for my money?
A: If you register as an adult (over 18) and you show up on Saturday August 8, your $10 buys you your rowing or paddling lesson and a special participant T-shirt. If you don’t show up, your $10 is NOT refundable.

If you are over 12 but not yet 18 years old you cannot register yourself. Your parent or guardian must register for you and buy you your special $10 Youth ticket. On Saturday, August 8, the parent or guardian that registered you must accompany you to the event. When you produce your ticket, the parent or guardian that registered you will receive a full refund of the $10 ticket fee. You will still get to row or paddle and keep your T-shirt.

Q: What are the qualifications for participating?

A: Everyone is welcome subject to the following: You must be at least 12 years old to participate. All participants must be able to swim 200 yards and tread water for five (5) minutes. All participants must be willing to sign a waiver and swimming ability form at check-in. If you are under 18 years old a parent or guardian who can sign your waiver and swimming form on your behalf must come with you.

Q: What about safety? Do I have to wear a life vest?

A: We are very safety conscious. Rule 1 in ALL circumstances is stay with your boat – do NOT try to swim to the shore. If you are assigned to paddle in a dragon boat, canoe or kayak, you will be supplied with a life vest and you must wear it. All of our life vests are size adjustable. If you are assigned to a rowing boat, you don't have to wear a life vest because the oars that we provide you will act as temporary flotation if necessary.

Regardless, we will have a lot of coaching and safety launches on the river – including the Philadelphia Marine Police Unit - to guide and protect you. In the unlikely event that a rescue is necessary, every launch carries a supply of extra flotation devices.

Q: If I’m under 18, does my parent or guardian have to register on line as well as me?

A: No, but your parent or guardian must attend the event along with you.

Q: How do I register?

A: Click on the “Register Me” tab, bottom right on the banner photo at the top of each page of the web site, or on the “Register Me” button in the middle of the Home page. Participants may only register one at a time, not in groups.

Q: If I’m going to row or paddle on the Schuylkill, what should I wear?

A: Your basic outfit should include a T-shirt, shorts, socks and sneakers. Your clothing should be comfortable - not too tight but also not too “baggy.” If it’s hot and sunny, you might want to wear a hat and bring a pair of dark eyeglasses (with a retainer strap to stop them from falling into the water). Bring and apply sun block if you need it, and a personal bottle of water is a good idea as well.

Q: What if it’s rainy on the day?

A: Put on a rain jacket and come on down anyway. We will have indoor rowing machines for you to try and we will also be presenting an indoor healthy lifestyles expo, where in addition to getting more information about rowing and paddling programs, you can learn about hiking, biking, wooden boat building and other great health, exercise and nutrition options.

Q: Will you accept “walk-ins” at check-in on the day?

A: Maybe, but only if we have extra space. Why not use our easy on-line registration option and guarantee your space today? We will guarantee acceptance to the first 160 people who sign up on line.