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Adult Learn to Row

Adult Learn to Row is open to everyone age 14 and over. Middle school and high school students may also be interested in our MS/HS LTR program.

After completing the class, rowers are invited to join adult Novice practices through August 31st at no additional charge! 

No prior experience is necessary. Class size is limited to a minimum of 4 rowers and a maximum of 16 (please see cancellation policy below).

Please check out our swim test requirement before signing up. We appreciate it if you can complete the swim test before class begins. If you can't, please tell your instructor and they can make sure you have a life jacket handy when you row.

Class Schedule for 2024 is in progress

Bookmark this page and check back in March. Send a note to the Adult LTR coordinator to be notified when registration opens.

class schedule 2023

Learn to Row classes for Summer 2023 are OPEN. Sessions will be held in June, July, and August on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15-8:30PM.

***We offer a 10% discount for Catalyst Rowing Fitness and Harbor Athletic Club members, as well as teachers. Please contact the Learn to Row Coordinator and provide membership proof or teacher I.D. for a discount code.***

Session 1: Adult Learn to Row June 13-22 (Tu/Th)

Session 2: Adult Learn to Row July 25-Aug 3 (Tu/Th)

Session 3: Adult Learn to Row Aug 8-17 (Tu/Th)

Note: Classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment. If cancellation is instigated by Mendota Rowing Club, a full refund will be issued. If a participant cancels more than 7 days before the start of a session, a refund will be issued minus a $10.00 registration fee. If a participant cancels less than 7 days, a 50% refund will be issued. Additionally, a participant may change to another session free of charge if done so 7 or more days before the original session start date. Session registrations will close one week prior to the first classes.


Q: I've never rowed before. Can I take the class?

A: YES! Learn to Row is designed for folks who have never rowed before.

Q: I want to learn to row in a single. Do you teach sculling?

A: We do! Based on class sizes and time constraints, our Learn to Row classes will hopefully touch on both sweep and sculling techniques on land before transitioning to the water. If you are interested in sculling, contact the Learn to Row coordinator about what to do next.

Q: Sculling? Sweep? What?

A: Sculling is rowing with two oars, one in each hand. You can scull by yourself in a single shell (boat).

Sweep rowing is when you have both hands on one oar, and you row in a bigger boat with other people.

Q: Where can I park for class?

A: Parking is available on Gorham St as well as in the James Madison Park lot at Gorham St and N Butler St.

Q: What happens to class during inclement weather?

A: We'll set up a group text with your instructor, so they can notify you if class is canceled. Otherwise, please assume that class will be held and come to the boathouse.

Q: I need to miss a class. Can I make it up?

A: We have a limited number of spots in each class and a tight schedule. Please sign up for a class where you can come to every meeting. If you have an emergency, please contact your instructor and we'll try to work something out.

Q: How can I continue to row after class?

A: Your Adult LTR class includes access to coached Novice group practice until August 31st. After that, you'll be eligible for a discounted membership as a recent LTR graduate.

Q: What should I wear to class?

A: Rowing attire is close-fitting shorts or pants and t-shirt, additional layers depending on weather, gym shoes (for land classes) or water sandals and socks (for water sessions). You do not need to wear spandex.

Please wear or bring:

  • close-fitting shorts or pants (spandex is optional)
  • a top
  • tennis or gym shoes (for rowing machines)
  • sandals (Crocs or slides are fine)
  • socks (needed when you're in the boat or on a rowing machine)
  • sunglasses/hat
  • a fleece jacket and/or windbreaker if you think you might get chilly
  • if you're not fully vaccinated, a face mask to wear inside the boathouse

Please note you'll need two pairs of shoes--a pair of sandals and a pair of gym shoes.

Q: What else should I bring to class?

  • a water bottle
  • a towel (optional)
  • sunscreen
If you have any other questions regarding class content, contact the Learn to Row Coordinator.

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Mailing Address:
PO Box 646
Madison, WI 53701

Boathouse Address:
622 E Gorham St
Madison, WI

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