Rowers enjoy some of the local waterways last summer. Photo courtesy of Steve Joyce
Rowers enjoy some of the local waterways last summer. Photo courtesy of Steve Joyce

The high desert of Park City may not seem like an ideal place to learn to row, but the Park City Rowing Academy is looking to change that perception.

On Saturday, June 7, the club will host a Learn to Row Day at the Jordanelle Reservoir. The event is open to any members of the public interested in learning a little bit more about the sport of rowing.

Dayna Deuter, the coordinator of masters rowing for the academy, said Saturday is a nationwide event that Park City is pleased to participate in.

"U.S. Rowing is the national body for the sport of rowing," she said. "They establish a Learn to Row Day, so affiliated clubs host at their respective venues."

This will be the first year the Park City Rowing Academy participates in the event. Deuter said there will be both land and water demonstrations for guests.

"We're going to have a couple of our boats on display for people to come out and see how it works," she said. "We'll have a couple boats in the water with experienced rowers to show people what we do."

With masters and junior rowing programs at the academy, Deuter said there are plenty of great learning opportunities in Park City.

"We have probably about 10 or 12 masters rowers involved," she said. "The junior rowers are in flux right now, but we are actively recruiting."

Former Park City High School student Devery Karz was recently named to the U.S. World Cup rowing squad and another Park City rower moved up to high-level rowing as well, Deuter said.

"We have one of our juniors who just went off to college and is rowing on the varsity team at Seattle University," she said.

Deuter said the academy is hoping to attract some new rowers and introduce people to the sport. All the demonstrations are free after paying the $12-per-car Jordanelle Reservoir entrance fee.

Deuter said it should be a great day out on the water and a great way to escape some of the late-spring heat.

"Anyone who is looking for a way to get on the water in this high-desert town we live in, and get some exercise in the process, this is the way to do it," she said.

For more information on the Park City Rowing Academy, or about Learn to Row Day, email pcrowingacademy@gmail.com.