Learn to Row Program Summary
The one-month Learn to Row program gives you the opportunity to learn the foundations of rowing on beautiful Lake Mendota. Our classes are designed for people of all abilities and ages (14 & up). Join other beginning rowers who are excited to get out on the water, connect with new people, improve their fitness, and try something new!
The first class is on-land, introducing you to the use of Concept2 ergometers (rowing machines) and the rowing stroke, familiarizing you with the boathouse and teaching you proper handling of boats and equipment. The remaining seven sessions are spent on the water (weather permitting) learning to row in four- or eight-person shells.
Please note that our classes focus on building rowing skills and learning proper technique, not on building fitness. You will begin to build fitness if you chose to join our Novice Program after completing the class (two free weeks included).
The May, June and July Learn to Row classes meet for 2 hours, twice a week, for four weeks at our boathouse (622 E Gorham St), in James Madison Park.
In order to get the most out of your class and for your own safety, general fitness is required. You don't need to be a superstar athlete, but you should be able to lift 20-25 pounds overhead and touch your toes. Good balance is also necessary. As part of class, you will be lifting the boat into and out of the water. The boats sit close to the water and you will need to be able to get in and out of them under your own power.
If you have doubts about your ability to do these things, please attend our free National Learn to Row Day on Saturday, June 2 to give rowing a try before registering for class.
Swimming ability is required for class participation. Rowing is a water sport and it's important that you feel confident in the water in case of an emergency. All students must take and successfully complete the Swim Test (swim 50 yards, tread water for 10 minutes, and don a life jacket while in the water) prior to your first class, or have earned a lifeguard or SCUBA certification within the last 5 years.
Please bring your completed Swim Test Form, SCUBA certification or Life Guard certification to your first class.
What if I am not a strong swimmer?
How do I complete the swim test?
Q: What should I wear to class?
Select the Learn-To-Row session you'd like to attend from the class schedule below to complete your registration. For students under the age of 18, a parent/guardian should contact our Learn to Row Coordinator to discuss class logistics before registering.
Payment: Cost for each session is $175 and includes all equipment and instruction. We do have discounts for members of CUNA Mutual and athletic clubs. There are also two scholarship options available (see below) for those who wish to apply. Payment can be made by check or by credit card through PayPal. Payment is due within one week of registration or your registration may be canceled. Please make checks payable to Mendota Rowing Club and mail to: P.O. Box 646, Madison, WI 53701.
Waitlist: Each session has capacity for 16 students and some sessions fill up early. If you are interested in a session that is currently full, join the waitlist and we will notify you if a spot opens.
Sessions require a minimum of 4 people. If we do not have enough students for a particular session, we will ask you to move to a different session or provide a refund.
||6:15 - 8:15 pm
||6:15 - 8:15 pm||$175||Ben|
|NLTR Day||June 1||Sat||8:00 am - noon||FREE||Multiple|
||6:30 - 8:30 pm||$175||Mark|
||TBD||Tue, Thurs||6:30 - 8:30 pm||$175||TBD|
||6:15 - 8:15 pm||$175||Nancy|
||TBD||Tue, Thurs||6:15 - 8:15 pm||$175||TBD|
Mendota Rowing Club is pleased to announce that the Bob Storck Memorial Adult Rowing Scholarship will continue for another year. Bob was an enthusiastic rower who took up the sport late in life with our club and sadly passed away during winter of 2014. To honor Bob, an anonymous donor is funding a scholarship for any adult age 40+ that wants to learn to row. The scholarship is for a 4 week Learn to Row Class. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2018.
Who Was Bob Storck?
Bob was a life-long resident of Madison who learned to row for the first time with the Mendota Rowing Club in his late fifties. He continued to row with the club for several years until he was forced to retire due to ailing health. Bob was a great reminder that we are never too old to learn something new.
Who is Eligible?
Anyone over the age of 40 who wants to take up rowing (with enthusiasm!) for the first time.
What is the Award?
The scholarship is for any 2018 Learn to Row Class (value $175). The award recipient must agree to the club’s requirements for all Learn to Row participants and Adult Memberships.
How Do I Apply?
How Will the Scholarship Be Awarded?
Applications will be evaluated based on sincerity, originality and enthusiasm. A Scholarship Committee consisting of Active Members of the Mendota RC Board of Directors, a previous scholarship winner, and the donor will evaluate all applications. The Scholarship Committee may, at their discretion award the scholarship based on the essays or they may choose no more than three finalists to meet in person at a time and place convenient for all. The winner will be notified no later than May 2 and will be eligible to sign up for any Learn to Row class starting in May 2018.
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