Online Rowing FAQ
Getting Started FAQ
People row online at whatever pace suits them.
In a typical 30 minute GenFit session for example with 16 people rowing, there will be a few 'fast boys' out the front at 1:52 or so, then a bunch at 2:00 to 2:05, then more at 2:10, then some around 2:30 to 2:40.
In a typical 10 or 20 minute Gentle session the pace will range from 2:45 to 3:15 depending who's in it.
In a typical 6k Handicap Race the paces range from 1:50 to 2:15 but with the handicapping the finishes are very close regardless of the paces.
There are plenty more examples. The main points to note are:
If you're concerned about maybe being too slow, the best tip is to start off by rowing time sessions rather than distance sessions.
That way you always finish at the same time as all the others in the session, even if you rowed at a slower pace.
This is the reason there are so many time rows online - people enjoy finishing together and joining in the post-session chat.Back to top
One of the great things about online rowing is that there are so many others already there for you to row with.
Almost everyone who rows online starts by just rowing with the other people who already row online.
The people already rowing online are very welcoming of new rowers joining them, and it doesn't take long before you'll have a great group of online rowing buddies.
So just join yourself into any of the sessions you see listed in Oarbits.Back to top
If you're doing a training program with specific workouts, for example intervals, you can do these by joining or creating a session of similar duration and then rowing the pattern you were planning to row within that session.
So for example if you were to do two intervals of 500m with 750m rests and a total of 6k, you can row this pattern by changing your pace and stroke rate at 500, 1250, 1750 and 2250m to fit your planned intervals.
You may not be able to easily do all your training sessions this way but you should be able to do quite a number.
This helps break up your training and gives you the boost of rowing with others while you train.
If you're just rowing a set pattern of pieces each week, you can either join sessions already scheduled that are near what you want, or you can create session yourself that others can join.Back to top
If you don't see a session of the right duration at a time that suits you, just create the session you want in Oarbits, and anyone else that is interested will see it and join it.
If you're new to online rowing, it's a good idea to join other sessions first and get a bit of experience there before you create your own sessions.Back to top
Just withdraw. People understand this is part of life and nobody minds.Back to top
For the more popular sessions like GenFit you might want to register a day or more before the session to make sure you have a place in it. The maximum number of boats in any session is 16.
For special events like someone's birthday row, people typically join as soon as they see it listed in Oarbits, maybe days or weeks away.
Having said that, you are free to join any session that still has spaces available up to the last minute before it starts.Back to top
It's a good idea to check in at least 10 minutes before a session's scheduled start time.
This gives you time to get oriented, do a bit of a warm-up, and chat with the others there.
As a general rule the starter should start the session no later than 5 minutes after the scheduled start time rather than keeping on waiting for someone who has not checked in yet.Back to top
Other people can't see your email address or any other details about you. If they want to contact you they can email you via Oarbits.Back to top
Once you have everything you need to row offline with RowPro, then the only additional thing you need is an Internet connection to your RowPro PC.Back to top
Almost any Internet connection can be used, including dial-up, DSL, cable, mobile and satellite.
At your location you can use wireless or wired connections from your PC to your Internet access point.
Note: In some cases wireless phones, microwaves and neighbors with wireless Internet can interfere with the good operation of your wireless connection. There are remedies for this in the Troubleshooting section of RowPro Help.Back to top
You do of course need an Internet connection to row online!
Most PCs can do wireless connections, so it's likely you can get your PC connected to the Internet by arranging a wireless connection to your wireless access point.
If you don't already have a wireless access point these are readily available from your nearest computer store.Back to top
The sessions are very similar to offline RowPro sessions but there are some extras:
Online Rowing is a very popular and fast-growing activity, with over 30,000 boats crossing the finish line online every year.Back to top
The best way to get started is to follow the steps in the RowPro Online Rowing Guide, which you can download from www.digitalrowing.com/downloads/documents.Back to top
Yes! Start by creating a Quick Row as follows:
Yes. Look our for Pam at Digital Rowing in RowPro Chat, or email Pam at PamL@digitalrowing.com.
Pam hosts a number of online sessions including GenFit and Beginner sessions and helps people get started.
Pam rows online most days and is there to help you.
The other folks online can also help and most are very happy to do so and very knowledgeable about online rowing.Back to top
A quick look at the Session List in Oarbits will show you what sort of sessions are the most common.
Middle-distance sessions like 20 and 30 minute sessions are popular along with 5, 6 and 10k.
There are also plenty of shorter ones and even some half and full marathons for the hardy souls!
Most sessions have a purpose behind them, for example they might be for general fitness, beginners, friends and family, handicap races, and so on.
There are also special sessions, for example birthday rows which are very popular where a person turning 54 will have a 5454m row, and events that parallel real-world events like the Boston Marathon.
The sessions are limited only by the imagination. Feel free to add your own and see who joins.Back to top
There are several organized activities you can join, including:
There's more information about organized sessions in the Activities section of Oarbits.Back to top
In RowPro, open Control Center | Oarbits, wait for it to connect, register if you're asked to, and click Session List, then to join any session you see listed there, click the checkbox for that session.
You can also join an online session via any web browser at Oarbits online.Back to top
Yes, the RowPro 20-day free tryout is fully enabled for online rowing.Back to top
To begin with, the idea of rowing online with other people all over the world is really cool and a lot of fun.
Once people have tried it, they quickly realize there are many people out there just like them who share common interests and rowing goals, whether it be weight control, fitness and health, training or competition.
People also quickly make friends and rowing buddies online, and tend to row more with people who have a similar interest to their own, for example losing a lot of weight, or training together to prepare for the CRASH-B rowing championships.
Over time, the whole online rowing activity becomes very motivating. The added commitment of knowing others are expecting you to turn up and row makes it that much more likely that you'll do the rowing rather than let it slide, so online rowing becomes an important tool for keeping up your rowing.
People also develop great friendships online with others from around the world, and come to know them well through the online chat before and after online sessions.
Overall, online rowing is cool, fun, very motivating and a great boost to your rowing, and it's very easy to do.Back to top
Online rowing helps your rowing several ways:
Once you have RowPro in your PC and connected to your Concept2 Indoor Rower and to the Internet, you can row online as much as you want at no extra cost.
Online rowing is provided free of charge by Digital Rowing for users of RowPro worldwide.Back to top