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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. 

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 2022

Learn to Row classes for Summer 2022 are OPEN. Weekday classes are 6:15-8:30PM and weekend classes are 10:00AM-3:00PM.

***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.***

Adult Learn to Row July 30-31 (Sa/Su)

Covid-19 safety precautions

Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to follow any safety precautions. If you are not fully vaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask whenever you're inside the boathouse. You're also welcome to wear a mask whenever you wish, if it makes you feel more comfortable.


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 2022 Learn to Row classes will hopefully cover both sweep and sculling techniques on land before transitioning to the water. If you are further interested in sculling, contact the Learn to Row coordinator about what to do next.

Q: Sculling? Sweep? What?

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

Sweep rowing is when you have just 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 when it is raining?

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: Adult LTR includes Novice 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
  • lunch for weekend classes (or you can pick something up nearby)
If you have any other questions regarding class content, contact the Learn to Row Coordinator.

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PO Box 646
Madison, WI 53701

Boathouse Address:
622 E Gorham St
Madison, WI

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