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Middle School and High School Learn to Row

Middle School (incoming 6-8 grade) and High School (incoming 9-12 grade) Learn to Row Camps are open to those interested in learning the basics of rowing, teamwork and physical fitness via dryland and on the water training. Our program offers skilled instructors, fun and cultivates an empowering environment. 

Check out this video for a brief overview: https://www.youtube.com/usrowingorg

Rowers should be able to lift 20lbs over their heads as carrying boats is a part of the sport.  Coaches will work with rowers to achieve this goal! **Those interested in coxswaining (steering the boat) may be exempt from this requirement. 

Tuition is $250.00 for the learn to row camp week where our skilled coaches teach rowing fundamentals. The tuition also includes 2 weeks of rowing practice with our novice group. Upon completion students will then have the opportunity to join our team!

No prior experience necessary. ALL individuals are welcome and encouraged!!

Class size is limited to a maximum of 14 rowers and minimum of *4. 

Please check out our swim test requirement before signing up, and make sure your student completes the test before class begins!

Sign Up for MS and HS Learn-to-Row Classes


  • Monday-Friday
  • 10:00AM - 12:30PM

If you have questions, please contact our head coach, Heather Swan at youthrowing@mendotarowingclub.com. 

*Note: Tuition must be paid in full 7 days before the first day of camp. Payment can be made online or checks may be sent and addressed to: 

Mendota Rowing Club
P.O. Box 646 Madison, WI 53701

Camps may be canceled due to low enrollment. If cancellation is instigated by Mendota Rowing Club a full refund will be issued. If a participant cancels within 7 days of the start of camp a refund will be issued minus a $10.00 administrative fee. If a participant cancels less than 7 days a 50% refund will be issued. A student may change dates to another week free of charge within 7 days of the original camp registration date. Camp registration will close one week prior to camp start.


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.

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

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

Q: How can I continue to row after class?

A: Middle and High School LTR tuition includes two weeks of novice practices after the class ends.

If you have any other questions regarding class content, c
ontact  youthrowing@mendotarowingclub.com.

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Mailing Address:
PO Box 646
Madison, WI 53701

Boathouse Address:
622 E Gorham St
Madison, WI

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