I’m not the huge rower of the family but my young brother is. He convinced me to go out with him after we heard the Hudson River Rowing Association was great for novices. The staff was really friendly and educational so I didn’t feel self-conscious at all. We met with a novice-rowing group and ended up having a blast. Afterward they took us on a tour of the boathouse that is also like a “team house.” But beware, your arms will kill afterward.