Is a Learn-to-row class right for me?
- 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 most practices 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 from others doing it
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. Exceptions are sometimes made, but all rowers must be 16 or older. (If under 18, you need to pass the Youth Swim Test)
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 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
Phase #3: Technical Sweep Program
- Club membership - Full member ($25)
- Complete USRowing's online SafeSport Training (~90 minutes), which requires a USRowing individual membership (~$20)
LTR 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.)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).