DPI Events, a Boston-based DMC (www.dpievents.com) partnered with Community Rowing (the first public rowing club in Boston) to create a mini-regatta for corporate team-building… and not to worry, it is for novices. Yes, there are certain physical requirements and so you have to consider your groups overall health, but this is for the general population, not Olympic athletes.
The coaching staff starts off by introducing with training session on technique and power application in their state of the art in-door rowing complex. From there, the teams launch on to the water and race strategies are planned, facilitated by coxswains and coaches. After about 45 minutes of preparation, the group lines up for the official regatta race. Depending on the group size, there can be several qualifying races, or just one winner-take-all, but whatever you choose, there’s lots of yelling, laughing, (some) sweating, and general competitive oozing (I just made up the phrase “competitive oozing” and although it sounds good, I have no real idea what it means).
The rowers return to the club where they talk about the value of what they just experienced while slowing their heart rate down to normal… and of course… photo ops!