Frequently Asked Questions

I am a complete beginner, is that okay for this class?

Yes, 95% of all Learn to Row students are complete beginners.

What should I wear?

General rule of thumb is nothing too baggy. Rowing garb is the same type of clothing as cyclists and runners. Tights and spandex are ideal, but shorts, sweats or comfortable pants are fine. Layering is also good for the colder months.

Am I fit enough / tall enough / too old / too heavy / too... to row?

If you have a desire to learn, we have the desire to teach you. The great thing about rowing is anyone can do it. No matter whether you are 5’2 or 6’4, have rowed before or have never heard of the sport before now, our Learn To Row program can accommodate you. Our boats can hold individuals up to 285 lbs and any height.

I already kayak / canoe / whitewater raft, etc. Can I skip this class and go right into one of the rowing programs?

While your on-water experiences will help with your balance and boat sense, rowing is completely different; the technique and equipment is unique. Learn to Row is important for that reason.

What are my chances of ending up in the water?

It is our goal to always be ‘on’ the water and not ‘in’ the water. That said, rowing is a water sport and occasionally rowers end up in the water. Our coaches are equipped to handle these situations quickly and safely.

can I waer gloves?

Gloves are not recommended for rowing, as one of the things we focus on is developing good bladework (the technique of positioning the blade to enter the water at the correct angle). Having direct contact with the oar handle is essential to ‘feel’ when the blade is in the correct place.

What is next after the class

Upon successful completion of the Beginning Sculling class and joining the club, new rowers are invited to participate in the our seasonal rowing. Rows are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.