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Learn-To-Row Class

Learn-To-Row Class

It isn’t enough for the muscles of a crew to work in unison; their hearts and minds must also be as one. George Pocock p. 79 Ready All!

This course is designed for those new to the sport of rowing.  On-water sessions will focus on the principles of body movement and blade handling plus boat launching and landing.  Upon graduation, you may join club rows for one month without charge.

ATTENTION Learn to Row classes have concluded for 2017.  Please let us know if you’d like to be put on the wait list for 2018 by emailing Michele or Martha at ratislandrowingandsculling@

The class fee for each session is $200.  In addition to the rowing course, this fee entitles you to an introductory one-month membership in the Rat Island Rowing and Sculling Club through the month following completion of the course.

What are the physical demands?

  • Bend your knees to the squat position.
  • Sustain aerobic activity for at least 30 minutes.
  • Lift 25 lbs. to eye level. You, along with other rowers, will be required to lift and carry a 4-person racing shell at shoulder-height down a few steps from the boat house to the water and then back.
  • You must be flexible enough to get in and out of the rowing shell.
  • IMPORTANT! All new members and non-member Learn-to-Row participants are required to complete a float test before going out on the water.CLICK FOR FLOAT TEST FORM and INSTRUCTIONS

If you are interested, please email Michele or Martha at 




What you’ll learn

  • Basic boat handling and maintenance
  • US Rowing Safety curriculum
  • Basic boat entry/exit procedures
  • Basic rowing stroke progression for sculling
  • Basic rowing etiquette
  • Safety class with video
  • Basic rowing technique using ergometer

On the water

  • Teaching will be in a 4 person scull
  • Sculling boats use two oars per person
  • A safety launch will accompany the boat at all times.

What to wear

  • Tight fitting clothes that stretch (loose clothes get caught in sliding seats). Synthetics are better than cotton.
  • Neoprene boots or water socks for walking thigh-deep in the water
  • Life jackets are optional but recommended.

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