Naiades Oncology Rowing

Cancer Survivors Rowing for Recovery

2020, So Far...

Welcome back Naiades crew!

As you may know, the COVID-19 has put a delay to everything in the first quarter of 2020. We hope everyone is staying safe by observing the current CDC guidelines.

On our website Home Page, we have updated the delay to the 2020 season: Please refer to The Spring Workout has replaced Spring Water Rowing.

We continue to prep for getting back on the water by offering virtual Spring Workout Sessions, some rowing educational information to think about, and a quote to live by contained in the sections below:

Spring Training Session

It is hard to believe that when we set the Rowing Season calendar in January, we would be rethinking how to approach the Spring. The Program Committee has devised a way to keep you fit and in touch through a virtual workout program patterned like the winter workouts. The program time schedule begins each Tuesday starting on April 28th and on each Thursday through May 28th, beginning at 6:00pm for approximately an hour. If possible, you may want to have available light weights, towel and mat for the workout. The last 20 minutes will be devoted to Yoga. At the end of May, we are hoping to add to our outdoor activities that will respect the social distancing guidelines. If you are interested in accessing the workout or would like a copy of the schedule please

Recommended Practices for Rowing Clubs and Associations

At Naiades Oncology Rowing, we follow the state and federal guidelines for rowing clubs and associations. We would like to share with you some of the recommended practices for your added information and knowledge!

Sound Signaling Devices

This piece of safety equipment may be as inexpensive as a mouth whistle or
portable air horn. This simple device can be used to alert other vessels to one’s position
while also permitting a vessel to exchange the prescribed whistle signals between
watercraft so as to avoid collisions. Coxswains should be educated as to the proper sound
signals between vessels especially the signal for danger or imminent collision.

Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) or Life Jackets

State law makes reference to the boat or launch accompanying a crew shell as needing to carry a sufficient number of “safety devices” should the need arise. Often times one chase boat must cover a number of shells separated by a considerable distance and on occasion out of sight of one of these watercraft. The term “safety device” may imply PFD or life jacket, however that is not clear. It would be wise to assume it does and carry them.

While it is clear that the law requires a chase boat, the ratio of shells to chase boat is not specified. This should be determined, in part, by the skill level of the participants as well as the proximity of the shells to one another. Rowing organizations might wish to consider a ratio of 2:1 for shells to chase boats for beginners and novices, and no more than 3:1 for experienced rowers. Not to be overlooked is the chase boat’s capacity to carry 100% of the necessary PFDs for the boats for which it is responsible. Given the size of a typical chase boat that alone might limit the number of shells such a vessel can practically be responsible for, not to mention the people in the chase boat itself.

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The Rower's Rudder (Q&A to help you steer):

What are the pros and cons of Outdoor Rowing versus Indoor Rowing Machines?: If you find a gym intimidating and expensive, outdoor rowing provides you with a full total aerobic body workout and a high calorie burn in the wide open space of the outdoors at a much lesser cost. The added bonuses of outdoor rowing are that you can see the sights, you are definitely going somewhere and it is an all round challenge. With an indoor rowing machine, the exercise is conducted within a controlled environment where the physical boundaries and weather elements remain constant. Inside you can control your resistance and customize your workout. However, with outdoor rowing, the water challenges you because the water determines its resistance. The control you have is in the execution and perfection of your rowing technique and in how fast you can row. As a result, with outdoor rowing your body and mind will have to continually adapt to the water and elements requiring your body to become more spontaneous, flexible and creative. These adaptation skills can be transferred to other outdoor sports such as hiking, mountain biking and skiing.

Are the Indoor Rowing Machines skills you possess transferable to Outdoor Rowing? If you possess good indoor rowing techniques, these skills are transferable to the outdoors. However, you will need to further develop your balance, stroke and oar maneuvering skills to help keep the boat afloat, safe and to advance speed. Techniques such as these can be learned through a good rowing club with skilled training sessions with experienced rowers such as ours!

What are the added benefits of Outdoor Rowing for cancer patients?:

While research has shown that general exercise has overall physical and mental health benefits for cancer patients, outdoor rowing has the added benefit availability of Mother Nature's own Vitamin D, minerals in the water's air, natural sound effects, changing visual effects and peace not found in the internal environment of a gym. All of these added benefits of nature help to further promote your immune system, stress relief, relaxation, improve memory, improve sleep, improve mood, increase energy and higher self esteem. Not forgetting, the total body work out you receive, along with the comradery and the friendships you will develop.

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Tips and Links

Tips and links...

Amazon Smile donations. Remember us when shopping online through Amazon. go to and select "Naiades Oncology Rowing" and then shop with AMAZON SMILE.


Add names to our boat. Consider adding a loved ones name to our newest boat -- DRAGONFLY. We are accepting names of survivors or cancer victims for the side of the boat and the oars. New names will be added in the spring before DRAGONFLY hits the water again. We can send a postcard notifying your family if you request it.

Naiades Spirit Wear - Spirit Wear is currently under construction and we will have updated options shortly.

Rowing Terms

At Naiades Oncology Rowing, we believe that education is powerful. We would like share our knowledge or rowing terms. Every issue of the newsletter, we will be sure to add more terms for your knowledge:

Ambidextrous A rower who can row both on the starboard and port sides of the boat. In the United States this is also known as bisweptual.

Bow (or bow seat) The rower closest to the front or bow of a multi-person shell. In coxless boats, usually the person who keeps an eye on the water behind him to avoid accidents.

Coxswain or "cox"The oar-less crew-member, usually included, who is responsible for steering and race strategy. The coxswain may sit in the stern or lies in the bow of the boat, and faces in the direction of travel.

Quotes to Live By:

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
John Lennon☮☮☮

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