Practice on Houhai (April – October)

During the on-water season (April – October), we practice three times a week at Houhai, the historic lake near the Drum and Bell Towers.  Tuesday and Thursday evenings are for committed team members who are training for competitions.

Sunday afternoon practices, which start at 4:30 p.m., are open to people interested in testing the waters to see if they want to join the team, more casual paddlers who just want to row every now and again, and to anybody who wants to spend a fun afternoon rowing on the lake and meeting new people.

Practice consists of drills like practicing race starts, sometimes a bit of friendly competition within our team and a lot of chanting of “jia you!” (others enjoying the lake always get a kick out of our chanting).

After practice on Sundays, team members who can stick around usually grab dinner together at one of the Chinese restaurants nearby.

Get directions for how to get to the boathouse on Houhai for practice.

Houhai exercise

Swimmers on the banks of Houhai

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