Naiades Oncology Rowing

Cancer Survivors Rowing for Recovery

To the Naiades Oncology Rowing Supporters, Sponsors, and Partners.

Naiades Oncology Rowing is an important aspect of life for many of us. It gives us an opportunity to socialize, collaborate, exercise with individuals who share the cancer experience, but most importantly, it offers a unique way to heal.

We want to take a moment to thank all our business supporters who through their generosity make our rowing club possible. Especially, we want to mention our small business supporters who need your continued support during these trying times. Here are a list of the businesses both large and small who have supported us in the past:

Naiades 2020 Golf Scramble Tournament

You can safely take a break for some good fun on Sunday August 23, 2020 at the Lima Golf & Country Club! Shotgun start at 12 noon. Food, beverage and door prizes will be provided. CDC guidelines will be followed. Further details can be found under the fundraisers and golf 2020 tabs on the web page:

Summer Training Session

Per US Rowing: "No team boats should be allowed until social distancing guidelines are lifted."

Due to this determination, we do not know when we will be able to start team boats, but are monitoring the situation closely. Until such time, the Program Committee has devised a way to keep you fit and in touch through a virtual workout program and will be adding outdoor workouts weather permitting. The workout schedule is designed to prepare you for the on-the-water schedule of Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:45pm to 7:30pm.

Weather dependent, we offer either an outside work-out or a Zoom workout. Each Monday you will be notified of the weeks workout plan, plus it will be on the web page calendar. You will want to have handy light weights, a towel and a mat for the workout. The last 20 minutes will be devoted to Yoga.

We are hoping to add our other outdoor activities weekly while respecting social distancing guidelines. If you are interested in joining our workouts please please email: to guarantee you receive Monday's notice.

Why Come Row with Us?

  • We offer programs that appeal to individuals with all levels of rowing experience.
  • You will be rowing with others who have faced the challenges of cancer.
  • Our coaches understand the uniqueness of our team and coach to our mission/goals.
  • Rowing challenges you to set and accomplish personal and team goals.
  • Our team promotes an amazing and healing environment, leaving cancer behind one stroke at a time.
  • We look at Regattas as a fun way to work together to get to the finish line demonstrating progress in recovery.
  • We offer accommodations for many post-treatment limitations.
  • The water is magical, healing and enchanting, releasing your mind to a bigger purpose within nature.

Also see our website Home Page, and calendar which displays the current plan and scheduled workouts for the 2020 season.

Improving Your Mental Toughness for Rowing

Our mind and body share a powerful connection. Attitude is pretty much everything. We move in the direction of what we think and feel. Your quality of mental strength or grit is very important for your rowing success.

First of all, we do not wake up mentally strong, we become mentally strong. Do you visualize how you want to perform before entering the water either individually or with your team? The more you visualize, the more effective you will be. Does you mind wander? Keep your mind on the present. If you mind shifts continually train yourself in bringing it back to the present. Be mindful in paying attention to what is. Meditation can help in developing your focus skills.

Second, not forgetting, your mind is a muscle that can be strengthened. Become a repeated success thinker in order to build and breed your own confidence. Always think in the positive. Third, learn how to continually channel and maintain your energy through breathing exercises. Controlling your breathing will help you effectively oxygenate your body and keep you calm should anxieties arise. It enhances your rowing experience when you can combine all three of these components into your rowing prep routine in whatever way works best for you.

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The Rower's Rudder (Q&A):

How would an individual with lymphedema seek out an exercise program to help with their symptoms?: First and foremost, referral and consultation with a certified physical or occupational therapist is recommended for development of a lymphatic exercise program. Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, RNs and Massage Therapists are also eligible to go on for further training and become qualified as a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) specializing in decompression techniques and other treatment modalities. A helpful video on how to "Find a Lymphedema Therapist" can be found here:

Is there a helpful resource where an individual could locate a professional with CLT credentials?: Yes, most often schools providing CLT training offer therapists directories. For example, Klose Training & Certification offers this CLT locator by zip code:

What are the best types of exercise to aid in the prevention and treatment of lymphedema?:

Studies have found that various types of exercise help in the prevention and treatment of lymphedema. However, they have identified that one of the best types of exercise is deep abdominal breathing which stimulates the diaphragm to increase the effectiveness of the lymphatic system pumping resulting in the re-distribution of lymphatic fluid throughout the rest of the body. In addition, aerobic exercise, such as rowing or swimming, promotes increased range of motion. The resistive movement against the water caused by the aerobic exercise is found to provide compression, massage, relaxation and comfort benefits for lymphatic issues.

How much exercise is helpful in the prevention and treatment of lymphedema? It is important to start a lymphedema exercise program slowly; gradually increasing time and intensity of the exercise under the supervision of a licensed health professional. An individual's musculature should be allowed to relax between each individual exercise. Since the pump activity of the exercise compresses the lymph vessels which lie between muscles and the relaxation phase of the individual exercise allows the extra lymphatic fluid to shift outward and be redistributed. In addition, the relaxation phase should last at least as long as the time spent on each individual exercise.

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Quotes to Live By:

I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles. Audrey Hepburn

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


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. Application form found here: We can send a postcard notifying your family if you request it.

For your convenience payment for Spirit Fund, Golf, Programs, & Events, except clothing, are accepted on PayPal:

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


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