Most people are surprised to find out that most people who have rowed an ocean had no rowing experience before deciding to row an ocean. The boats are far more stable and technique is less important than for crew boats which are much thinner. Anyone can jump in one and row it, but those with better technique or who are stronger will make the boat go faster. But rowing for days on end takes determination and the ability to look after yourself during your time on the water.
The training requirements for the Great Pacific Race are more than physical. Most of the race participants have not been to sea for an extended period of time before deciding to row the Pacific and so have a lot of theoretical and practical knowledge to gain before being ready to take on the ocean.
Of course there is a massive physical element to the challenge but the cadence is low and required much more endurance than strength. Think of it more like a long walk than running a marathon. Of course the fitter you are the faster you will go.
Each member of each crew must complete the following courses:
- VHF radio course – Correct use of the VHF radio.
- First Aid – Entry level first aid to take care of knocks and bumps at sea.
- Sea Survival – Detailed knowledge and practical competence in sea survival techniques and equipment.
- Boat safety course – A basic boat safety course which also highlights California and America specific boating laws.
- Boating skills – A practical course teaching the basics about boat handling and navigation.
- Advanced navigation – A theoretical course covering advanced navigation techniques.
Of course the training doesn’t stop in the classroom and you’ll also need to complete a minimum of 48 hours of rowing in your boat before you can participate in the Great Pacific Race and we hope you’ll complete many more hours of training. In addition to this many crews complete a tough physical training schedule to ensure they are in peak condition before setting out onto the ocean at the start of the race.