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Most of the information on this page is from 2020, but it will help give you an idea of what classes were like last year. Some details may change. If you would like to get updates on classes for 2021, please subscribe! (we'll only use this to send you information about LTR classes)

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Adult Learn to Row

Adult Learn to Row is open to everyone age 14 and over interested in learning to row. (High school students may also be interested in our HS LTR program.)

 After completing this week of LTR rowers are invited to join adult Novice practices through August 31st at no additional charge! Adult Novice practices are held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6-7:30 p.m., and on Saturday mornings.

No prior experience necessary. 

Class size is limited to 3 rowers to ensure physical distancing. Rowers will be learning to to row in singles so come prepared to get wet!

Please check out our swim test requirement before signing up, and make sure you complete the test before class begins!

class schedule 2020

 Dates Rain dates
 Time Cost 
 July 11/12
 July 18/19
9 am - 5 pm
July 25/26
 Aug. 1/2
9 am - 5 pmFULL (but sign up for waitlist)
 Aug. 8/9
 Aug. 15/16
9 am - 5 pm $200Details
 Aug. 22/23
 Aug. 29/30
9 am - 5 pm $200Details

Private lessons: If these dates don't work for you, or you're interested in private lessons for any other reason, please contact the Learn to Row Coordinator for help getting set up with a coach.

What: Your Learn to Row fee includes this one-weekend session, and the ability to join our Novice sculling practices through August 31st. Novice sculling practices are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6-7:30 p.m., and on Saturday mornings.

Covid-19 protocol

You will be learning to row in singles only to ensure physical distancing. If you want to take LTR with a family member, you can eventually learn to row in a double together.

Athletes must wear a mask in the boat bay. We have extras if you forget.

HERE is the link to MRC's safety protocols during Dane County Phase 1. Please read carefully. We need full participation in these protocols to maintain a safe environment for our rowers.


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

A: For social distancing, all classes this summer teach sculling in singles!

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: Adult LTR includes Novice practice until August 31st.

If you have any other questions regarding class content, contact the
Learn to Row Coordinator.

Mailing Address:
PO Box 646
Madison, WI 53701

Boathouse Address:
622 E Gorham St
Madison, WI

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