Erg Ed, launched in 2010, is a classroom-based indoor rowing education program operating as part of Seattle Public Schools. Erg Ed brings equipment (indoor rowing machines – ergs), technology, and highly qualified instructors to middle school physical education classes so that teachers and students can access rowing without leaving the classroom. Erg Ed has been integrated into Seattle’s “Five For Life” physical education curriculum and serves as part of the physical education experience for all middle and K-8 schools in the District. Erg Ed is available to over 10,000 students at all 22 middle and K-8 schools across the city of Seattle. Thanks to the support of USRowing, Erg Ed expanded nationwide in 2015 and currently runs in the following cities: Memphis, TN, Allentown, PA, Portland, OR, and Chicago, IL. Most recently, Oakland Strokes partnered directly with the Pocock Foundation to bring Erg Ed to Oakland, CA. Through Erg Ed, students:
Every Erg Ed student learns rowing basics using rowing machines (ergs), participates in lessons on intensity and goal setting, and participates in team relay races. They develop skills they can put to use at any boathouse or gym in the country and on rowing machines or in boats throughout their lives.
Erg Ed emphasizes self-regulated intensity. Students raise their heart rates and sweat more while rowing than while doing almost any other activity. Students learn to push themselves and get more out of every future workout.
Students receive Water Access Guides—resources and maps connecting schools, pools and boathouses. In Seattle, students also have access to continued participation with Row to the Future, including scholarships for on-the-water rowing, field trips to the University of Washington, low-cost rowing camps and indoor rowing challenges and competitions.