Once upon a time, there was a cash-strapped rowing club concerned about how difficult it was for new people to start the sport. One day, they purchased a few Oar Boards for their boathouse. Because of that new members joined at any time of the year, and fell in love with the sport – not just during scheduled learn-to-row programming. They chose adventure, and built a new pathway into the sport and built fun, easy-to-access programs to serve their communities. Then, interest in their club increased, they attracted a more diverse membership, and financial stability increased. Until finally, they built a strong community of people united by rowing, which other clubs around the world used as a model to grow the sport.
In spring 2021, the Argos club purchased six Oar Boards using a Rowing Canada grant incentive program. They were able to pay for the costs of this equipment with increased summer camp enrollment.
Club managers noticed increased retainment in new members exposed to this equipment.
Weybridge Rowing Club bought two Oar Board® strap-on units in 2020 to introduce new rowers to the sport, when learn-to-row programming was not offered.
OKC Boat Club purchased ten Oar Board®s in 2020 to be part of their community rental fleet and used the equipment to increase engagement in their Junior rowing program.
The Hong Kong Rowing Association purchased its first batch of Oar Boards in 2019 to complement its fleet of coastal and flat water boat rentals. The club continues to purchase Oar Boards, and has integrated the equipment into their rowing skill-development pathway.