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National Learn To Row Day

Have you ever wanted to try rowing?

Come to this free event sponsored by US Rowing and Concept 2! Rowing clubs all over the United States open their doors to give you a taste of rowing on the water and on rowing machines. Competitive and recreational rowers range from 12 to over 90, so it is never too early or too late to learn to row.

At National Learn to Row Day you can visit the historic Bernard's Boathouse, learn the basic rowing stroke on indoor rowing equipment (erg), and go out on the lake for a short row in an 8-person shell (conditions permitting).

All ages are welcome, although children younger than 12 will not be permitted to row in a boat. If space is available a child younger than 12 may have the opportunity to ride in the coaching launch while their family member learns to pull an oar in a boat. Please bring your child's own US coast guard approved life jacket if you would like to be considered for this opportunity.

All you need to do is register and show up! No swim test required.

If you'd like to row in a boat, reserve your seat and arrive 10 minutes prior to the time indicated to check in. Plan to spend an hour with us as we introduce you to our fabulous sport. For more information contact learntorow@mendotarowingclub.com.

We only have 80 seats available, so register now!

Reserve your Seat

  • Registration opens April 15


When: Saturday, June 6, 2020 CANCELLED 

Time: 8:00 am to Noon

Where: Bernard's Boathouse
East end of James Madison Park
622 E Gorham St.
Madison, WI 53703
(Click here for map)


7:45 am: Check in and day-of registration opens

8:00 am: First group of eight rowers begins
8:20 am: Group 2
8:40 am: Group 3
9:00 am: Group 4
9:20 am: Group 5
9:40 am: Group 6
10:00 am: Group 7
10:20 am: Group 8
10:40 am: Group 9
11:00 am: Group 10

Noon - wrap up

** Please arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled time **

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Mailing Address:
PO Box 646
Madison, WI 53701

Boathouse Address:
622 E Gorham St
Madison, WI

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