Learn To Row

Learn To Row

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Learn to Row 2024

Wilmington Rowing Center’s Learn-to-Row courses are a series of six (6) two to three hour classes for adults over the age of 18. Designed to give prospective rowers an introduction to the sport, our classes focus on the basics of sweep rowing. No prior rowing experience is necessary.

Learn-to-Row starts indoors with safety training, boat handling basics, and the teaching of the rowing stroke on rowing machines. Subsequent classes will be on the water with students joining experienced rowers in 8-person shells. The classes are taught by an experienced coach. By the end of the course, you will have learned the basics of sweep rowing, and upon graduation you will be able to join the rowing club and join our Novice Rowing program, if you choose to do so.

Please note that rowing is a physically demanding sport that uses your entire body. Rowers are required to carry boats and oars at each practice, which requires enough strength to lift at least 35 pounds overhead.  If you are unable to squat, put weight on your knees, or have concerns about your participation in boat carries, please contact us directly.

Cost for a one-week session is $300. The Learn-to-Row sessions will run in May and June this year. It is important to attend each of the six (6) classes during the week.  Each session class is limited to eight (8) students. Registration will be limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment must accompany registration; registrations without payment will not be honored. Registration is now open!

Upcoming 2024 Learn-To-Row Classes:

Session 1: May 19 from 10:00 AM–1:00 PM and then May 20-24 from 6:00 AM-8:00 AM

Session 2: May 19 from 10:00 AM–1:00 PM and then May 20-24 from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Session 3: June 2 from 10:00 AM–1:00 PM and then June 3-7 from 6:00 AM-8:00 AM

Session 4: June 2 from 10:00 AM–1:00 PM and then June 3-7 from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Note: For all sessions, please arrive 15 minutes before class start time.

All Learn to Row participants are required to provide a swimming certification at the start of the session. Swim certifications can be completed at local YMCAs (even for non-members) or sports clubs.

If you have any questions about the Learn to Row program, please contact Donna Butler at WRCRowingChair@gmail.com.