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Covid-19 Response

We hope that you are safe during these uncertain times! For everyone’s health and safety, we’ve had to put a lot of things on hold this past spring, including ROAR. However, during this hiatus we’ve also been working out ways that we could still get you on the water in a safe manner. Originally, we were going to run ROAR in large multi-person boats. Although that is no longer possible, we can still get you out in a 1-person boat!

How is that possible? Rowing equipment is rather long. Our shortest 1-person boat is 25’ and the oars you would be using are 9’ long. The closest anyone else can get to you is a very safe distance.

Will I have all my own equipment? Yes, it means that you will have all of your own equipment during a session. This means your own boat, your own oars, and all other equipment you may need for that lesson. You won’t be touching/sharing any equipment with anyone else. We will not be providing any water, snacks, or masks and encourage you to bring your own.

What if I can’t lift/carry my boat all on my own? You won’t need to! A boat can be carried by 2 people on their shoulders at the very ends of the bow/stern. As our shortest 1-person boat is 25’ long, you’ll be at least 24’ away from your coach or one of our volunteers during that time.

What are you doing to minimize cross-contamination? In addition to touching your equipment as little as possible, your coach and our volunteers will set all of your equipment out in individual groups and sanitize it before each session. After a session, it will all be sanitized before it is put away. In order to achieve this, we have medical-grade anti-viral/bacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, nitrile gloves, and are in the process of acquiring a non-contact thermometer.

With this in mind, we are still hoping to run ROAR this year. We have a short survey that should help us understand if that’s possible. Please take 5 minutes and complete our survey here:

Thank you again for your patience in the midst of a pandemic! Please let me know if you have any questions.

 - Kate, [email protected]


Rowing for Active Recovery (ROAR) is a learn-to-row program for cancer patients and survivors. ROAR is supported by the CaroMont Health Foundation, allowing the program to be delivered at no cost to participants. Both indoor rowing machine workouts as well as sessions rowing outdoors on the Catawba River will be offered. ROAR has the goal of empowering cancer patients and survivors to improve their strength, endurance, and ultimately, quality of life through rowing.

A key tenet to the sport of rowing is the supportive, team environment where no one gets left behind: you're all in the same boat and are stronger together. Every practice features multiple support staff including a coach, coxswains, and experienced rowers to welcome you into our rowing family.

Rowing is a safe, low-impact sport providing a whole-body workout that can help improve physical fitness, energy levels, and self-esteem  before, during, or after treatment. Indoor rowing is a very accessible activity, and volunteers & staff provide assistance during on-water practices. ROAR will meet your needs wherever you are. And while knowing how to swim is important, life jackets and floatation devices are always on hand.

June 1 - July 31

We can still row! While we may not be in the large, multi-person boats that we had originally planned on, we can safely get out in small, 1-person boats. Additionally, we will be focusing on the outdoor/on-water aspect of rowing to help keep everyone safe. Coaching will focus primarily on technique while slowly building strength and fitness. In the case of inclement weather during a scheduled practice, practice will be cancelled. With the equipment change we have 4 practices available for participants to select up to 2 each week. Practices will be on Sundays from 9:30a - 11:30a, Tuesdays from 4:30p - 6:30p, Tuesdays from 6:00p - 7:30p, and Saturdays from 9:30a - 11:30a at Belmont Rowing Center.

March 18 - March 28

The first phase of our 2020 program will be two weeks of indoor training on rowing machines. Indoor training provides an excellent entry point as it can be adapted for any level of skill or fitness. Participants learn rowing technique and develop strength in preparation for on-water sessions. Indoor training will be on Wednesdays from 9:30a - 10:30a, Thursdays from 6:30p - 7:30p, and Saturdays from 9:30a - 10:30a inside Riverside Athletic Club.

April 1 - May 23

The second phase of our 2020 program will be 8 weeks outdoors on the water. This phase will focus primarily on technique while slowly building strength and fitness. In the case of inclement weather during a scheduled practice, we will move indoors. On-water training will be on Wednesdays from 9:30a - 11:30a, Thursdays from 6:30p - 8:30p, and Saturdays from 9:30a - 11:30a at Belmont Rowing Center.

We would love for you to join us!



Register Now

If you are interested in participating in ROAR, please complete our online registration form here. We look forward to getting to know you!

Volunteer Your Support

We can always use volunteer support! As a non-profit, we depend on our volunteers and can also provide community service hours to anyone who helps out.

If you would like to volunteer your time, please contact [email protected].

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