2018 Learn to Row

Learn to Row is returning this summer! Initially, the class will teach you to scull (2 oars), but will also get a taste of sweep (one oar).

New this year

The class fee, $200 per person, will include a membership to HRRC for the remaining calendar year. You’ll have access to the club boats, open rows, coaching, and ability to join/set up a boat.

Class schedule

Session 1: April 21, 23, 25, 28, 30, May 2 (Saturday, Monday, Wednesday)
Session 2: May 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 25 (Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday)
Session 3: June 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27 (Saturday, Monday, Wednesday)
Session 4: July 28, August 2, 4, 7, 9 (Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday)

NOTE: Weekday evening sessions will be from 5:45pm – 8pm. Saturday morning sessions will run from 8am – 10am. Make up classes will be scheduled in the event of poor weather or water conditions.

Learn to Row prerequisites

In order to successfully learn to row you must have good balance and overall physical mobility. You should be able to swim and perform knee bends. Please note: this course is aimed at participants aged 18 and above.

What to expect

Classes are small (8) and taught by an experienced adult rower. The rowing program will cover all you need to learn to be able to competently join the crew. You will also be provided a comprehensive “Rowing Guide” to review what you learned, as well. Don’t be overwhelmed: everyone starts in the same place. It can be a lot to take in at first, but we keep the class size small so that the coaches are there for you every step. Even the coaches were in your shoes at one time, and we all remember the first time we picked up an oar.

A class consists of six, 2 hour lessons over a 2 week period. The first 1-2 lessons will familiarize you the equipment and the different phases of the rowing stroke. Once comfortable, you will quickly move to rowing in a boat on the water. You’ll be taught rowing terminology and boat handling.  Initially, you will learn to scull (2 oars), but will also get a taste of sweep (one oar).   There will be 1 coach in the boat and one in a safety launch with you at all times, so you will always have someone nearby to work with you.

Be prepared for a good workout by dressing comfortable (t-shirt and shorts, not too loose) and bringing your own water bottle. Rowing works all of your major muscle groups, so get those legs, core, back, and arms ready!

After Learn to Row

By the end of your two week session, you’ll graduate from the program and able to join other members in our open row sessions to practice and get more time on the water. It may sound daunting, but remember that we are a team. The open rows are there for all members to have time with our coaches, meet other people in the club, and for all of us to learn from each other. We will help you find other novices to form boats if you’d like, and also have many events throughout the year where the clubs rows together as a group.

Graduates can join a crew and/or continue to work on your rowing skills with a club coach.

Next Steps

For more Learn to Row (LTR) information, please contact our Learn To Row Director.

We strongly suggest you register as soon as you know which session fits your schedule best. They often sell out since we limit each session to only 8 rowers.