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 1 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. Rowing is a physical sport and some athletic ability is recommended for all participants. Swimming ability is also required and a simple swim test must be completed before class begins.
Payment: Cost for each session is $175 and includes all equipment and instruction. We do have discounts for members of CUNA Mutual and local fitness and athletic clubs, please contact the LTR coordinator for more information. Payment can be made by check or by credit card. 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. We cannot receive mail at the boathouse so please use the PO Box.
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.
|LTR 1A||May 6-29||Mon, Wed
||6:15 - 8:15 pm
|LTR 1B||May 7-30||Tue, Thurs
||6:15 - 8:15 pm||$175||TBD|
|National LTR Day||June 1||Sat||8:00 am - noon||FREE|
||June 3-26||Mon, Wed
||6:30 - 8:30 pm||$175||TBD|
||June 4-27||Tue, Thurs||6:30 - 8:30 pm||$175||TBD|
||July 8-31||Mon, Wed
||6:30 - 8:30 pm||$175||TBD|
||July 9-Aug 1||Tue, Thurs||6:30 - 8:30 pm||$175||TBD|