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AARC Learn to Row Program (LTR)

AARC invites you to experience the joy of rowing on Argo pond and we welcome all new rowers to our Learn to Row (LTR) classes!

In sweep rowing, each rower uses one oar in boats of 4 or 8 rowers (plus a coxswain). Sweep rowing is about working together with other athletes to enjoy the water. Come experience the joys of teamwork, camaraderie, and getting in sync with others to accomplish great things!

Our Learn to Row classes 
are designed for adults of all ages and abilities with no previous rowing experience. Many of our current AARC club members learned to row in one of our classes!

Want to be notified when we setup classes for 2024?
 Click here to be added to our LTR mailing list. 

Learn to Row Program Description

Phase #1: Learn to Row class

Participants will begin on land with training on Concept2 rowing machines. Once students become comfortable with the basics, the class goes out on the water in an 8 person shell. A qualified coach will ride alongside the boat in a motored launch to provide instruction and guidance for rowers as they learn the rowing stroke and techniques of rowing together. An experienced coxswain guides the boat to ensure rowers have an optimal learning experience.
  • Structured lessons occur over four weeks, meeting three times per week for approximately 90 minutes per session (See table below for meeting times.)
  • Attendance at all practices in the first week of class is REQUIRED
  • Coach to student ratio of approximately 1:8. 
  • Participants will use AARC boats and equipment during lessons
  • Social events with new rowers and AARC members will help participants learn more about the sport and the club

 Requirements for Phase #1

  • Register and pay for Learn to Row Session (see below)
  • Sign Rowing Waiver
  • Must have sufficient mobility to enter and exit the boat safely and strength to participate in lifting the boat
  • Swimming ability (Adults over 18 must attest that you can swim)
  • LTR classes are intended for those 18 and older. If you are under 18 years, please check out the Washtenaw Rowing Center or your local high school.

 Practice signups for Phase #1 (you must be enrolled in a class to use these)

 To view the weekly schedule, click here

Phase #2: Technical Sweep Trial

Immediately after successful completion of Phase #1, the rower is invited to become a Full Member of AARC and to participate in our coached Technical Sweep Program practices for a one month trial period at a discounted rate. This allows new rowers to experience continued growth in skills, fitness, and comfort on water. 

Note that you have more schedule flexibility during Phase #2, as you select, one week in advance, which of the 6 coached practices you will attend. 

Requirements for Phase #2
  • Club membership - Full member ($25)
  • USRowing individual membership ($25)
  • Register and pay for Learn to Row Phase 2 (see table below)

Phase #3: Technical Sweep Program (to enroll, see the table below)  

graduates who have completed the Phase #2 trial, are invited to join our Technical Sweep Program and continue gaining physical fitness and rowing skills through technique-focused coaching. If you transition directly from LTR Phase #2 to the Technical Sweep Program, seasonal Technical Sweep rowing fees apply, although these may be prorated if joining mid-season (see table below). To learn more about the Technical Sweep program, click here

Is a Learn-to-row class right for me?
There is no training or fitness level necessary for this class, but rowing requires a certain about of mobility to enter and exit the boat safely.  If you are able to get down to the floor in a sitting position using only one hand, and then get back up again, you should be fine.  If you have difficulties with this maneuver, you may want to take a mobility course (e.g., yoga, tai chi, etc.) to improve your flexibility before enrolling in the class.  If you have questions, please contact a coach. If you have specific questions, please contact us at

Sign up early, Classes fill fast!

  • $300 for the 4-week program or $225 for Students (college, professional & graduate students) and Veterans
  • AARC endeavors to make rowing accessible to the broad community. To support participation, scholarships are available to those with financial need.

Refund Policy

Please review our refund policy carefully before registering for a learning program.

  • If you withdraw from a class 28 or more days (4 weeks) before the first day of a class, you will receive a refund minus a $25.00 processing fee.
  • If you withdraw from a class 21-27 (3-4 weeks) days before the start date of a class, you will receive a refund minus a $50.00 processing fee or credit for another class (in the same year, if space is available), minus a $50.00 processing fee.
  • If you withdraw from a class less than 21 days (20 days or less) before the first day of the class, you will receive credit for another class (in the same year, if space is available), minus a $50.00 processing fee.
  • No credits will be carried to the following year. 

2024 LTR Classes
Registration Opens March 25th @ 10am

To register, click on the button for the appropriate session in the table below. 
Please review the 
Learn to Row Intro Packet 
Register Phase #1
Learn to Row Class
Days Time
Phase #2
Technical Sweep
Program Trial
Phase #3
Technical Sweep
LTR1 April 29-May 24 Mon/Wed/Fri   6:30-8:00 PM May 28-June 22 June 24-Aug 30
LTR2   June 4-June 29 Tues/Thurs/Sat T/Th: 6:30-8:00 PM
Sat: 9-10:30 AM
July 2-July 27 July 29-Aug 30
LTR3 July 8-Aug 2 Mon/Wed/Fri  6:30-8:00 PM Aug 5-Aug 30 Sept 3-Oct 26

AARC endeavors to make rowing accessible to the broad community.  Scholarships are available to those with financial need to support participation.  
AARC is a 501(c)3 organization.  Donations made to AARC may be eligible for tax deduction.  Please check with your tax consultant.
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