About LIU Post Crew

The crew is a competitive, co-educational rowing team. We are a club sport under the office of Recreational Sports. Rowing teams at the college level are usually club programs, and most of their members begin rowing after being recruited in college. The Northeast Region is popular for rowing. Within less than three hours of travel we can compete against teams from the top of the field to the bottom. 

Competitiveness is determined by size, tradition, location, and support. LIU Post is located close to open bodies of water that are controlled and suitable for rowing. LIU Post Crews go back to the early eighties. The University has provided the team with most of the equipment we need and Sagamore Rowing Association provides additional equipment use and storage.

We welcome everyone. Crew is suitable to all people regardless of athletic prowess. A minimal amount of dedication and flexibility are required to learn the sport. Yes, you do need to get up early at least one day a week. But you can’t really find out what it is like until you try it.

Membership/Eligibility

Crew is open to all students who are currently enrolled in classes as an undergrad or graduate student. 

NOTE: All club sport participants are required to demonstrate and maintain enrollment in a family or other health insurance plan. Students who do not have their own health insurance are eligible to purchase the Aetna Student Health Plan. For more information contact 866-654-2682.

All crew participants may be required to pass a basic swim test. Flotation devices are not typically provided or worn in rowing so the ability to swim/tread water for at least ten minutes is a basic requirement. The sport is active during colder months of the year and on open water.  Both factors should be considered. Participants are supervised but you should not overlook the ability to swim or your comfort to being out on the open water.

Where Do I Start?

We offer an introductory class every week during spring and fall. This class can be taken any week and as often as you like. It is scheduled for 3 hours of which at least 1.5 hours are spent on the water. Each class will start with fundamental instructions and review. There will be a brief period for each new person to get a feel. We take turns until a level of proficiency is reached to try rowing together as a whole crew. Most people can get the boat working together in a short amount of time. We spend the last part of the class doing traditional “pieces”. These could be anything from 1 minute to 10 minutes. These intervals allow for a natural learning curve and feedback is given after each pieces while you rest. 

Beginner Classes for women will be on Tuesdays 6 to 9 a.m.
Beginner Classes for men will be on Thursdays 6 to 9 a.m.

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Beginner Classes

Meet in front of the Pratt Recreational Building at 6 am. Don’t be late. The building will not be open, but if no one is there yet wait a few minutes. We will take a university van and/or carpool to the water. The boathouse is about 15 minutes away. 

You need to bring a pair of shoes that can get wet, warm clothes that you can work out, extra set of dry warm clothes, extra pair of dry shoes to wear on return trip. It is about 10 degrees colder on the water than what it feels like on campus. We walk across sand beach usually so bring small towel if you wish to get sand off yourself.

It takes about 30 minutes to get the equipment out, set it up, get everyone in the boat and get underway. Then the practice starts as described above. Keep your warm clothes on. It may be few minutes before you get a chance to row.  Layers are useful should the pace of the practice pick up and you want lighter clothing. We will come in about 45 minutes before 9 a.m. This gives us 30 minutes to wash and put equipment away. Then drive the 15 minutes back to campus and arrive at 9 a.m.
It is possible to meet us at the boathouse. 

Facility – “The Boathouse”

The Oyster Bay Boathouse is conveniently located at 

Beekman Beach
#3 West End Ave. Building H
Oyster Bay, NY 11771

The facility is operated by Sagamore Rowing Association: www.sagamorerowing.org

Workouts

Workouts for rowing are about 60 percent endurance, 30 percent anaerobic threshold, and 10 percent power and speed. The team will do 60 minutes of continuous rowing at least once a week. Another day the team will do 4 x 10 minutes. We also need to do work like 18 x 30 seconds at all out pace. Workouts structured like this develop the different energy systems required to race 2000 meters. Rowers are some of the most physically fit people. Think P90X with a purpose. If you do it enough your body can not hide the evidence.

Practice Information

During the spring and fall seasons the varsity team will practice Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 6 - 8 a.m.

If you wish to be considered for the varsity team you must make a seasonal commitment to weekly practices. You must compete in at least one fall and one spring regatta as a novice. You are considered a novice rower for one year from the first novice regatta you attend. 

Novices can attend Beginner classes as often as they wish. In order to race a novice rower must have a boat or a crew. There are two configurations they can form, the novice four or the novice eight. Each crew has one more than the number implies. They need a coxswain or person to steer the boat. All the rowers must be the same gender but the coxswain the coxswain can be either male or female. 

Under the guidance of the coach Novices who wish to race or train more than just in the beginner classes, provided they have a full boat, can attend regular practices.  

Competition/Regatta

We have the luxury to choose which regatta’s we attend and the level of competition.  Novices compete against novices. All regattas and practice days for experienced rowers can be discussed and determined each semester by the varsity participants. 

Fall Season

Head racing and long distance training on the water are done in the fall. This is a good season to practice rowing and develop kinesthetic awareness. LIU Post Crew competes in races such as the Head of the Harlem (Bronx, N.Y.), Head of the Housatonic (Shelton, Conn.), and Head of the Schuylkill (Philadelphia, Pa.). Other regattas may include Dowling Alumni Cup and Fall Metropolitan Championship.

Winter Training

Winter is about taking training to the next level. The indoor season is a good time to make big improvements. An hour a day is all it takes. We have indoor rowing machines located at the Pratt Recreational building kept in storage. During winter we meet at 7 a.m. on weekdays. The machines can be used anytime and the coach can provide workouts to members wishing to train on their own schedule. 

Spring Season

During spring, races are held at the Olympic distance of 2,000 meters. The focus during spring season is on speed and racing. Racing requires strength, endurance, and teamwork. We practice on a regular basis to compete at such regattas as Manhattan Invitational, Knecht Cup (Camden, N.J.), Spring Metropolitan Championships, New York State Championships (Whitney Point, N.Y.), and the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta (Philadelphia, Pa.).