Learn to Row Courses

The Atlanta Rowing Club offers two different types of learn to row courses per year. A 4 week course and a 2 week accelerated course. To ensure individual attention, each session is limited to 16 participants, so early sign-up is strongly encouraged.

Course Descriptions

4 Weeks Learn To Row Course

There are three Learn To Row Courses per year. To ensure individual attention, each session is limited to 16 participants so early sign-up is strongly recommended. The course consists of 24 hours of technical and safety training on land as well as a lot of water time in small and large boats. We also use an eight-person rowing barge that allows beginners to row on the river in a very stable environment.

2 Weeks Executive Learn To Row Course

Our Executive Learn to Row Course is a 2 week class intended for people who may not be able to commit to our longer 4 week course. This is a faster paced, more intense course that takes place over two weekends. Participants are advised to possess some level of fitness prior to attending the course due to it’s fast nature. For the Executive Learn To Row course, you can register & pay online.

Course Function Learn to Row Executive Course
Cost $300
Rowing Techniques Sculling (2 oars) & Sweep (1 oar)
Classes per Course 12 2-hour Classes 6 2-hour Classes
Class Hours 24 Hours 12 Hours
Hours on the Water* 22 Hours 11 Hours
Pace of Course Gradual Accelerated
Use of Indoor Rowing Machines Yes Yes
Use of Boats on the Water Yes Yes
Participants 16 16
Coaches & Instructors 8 7
Ready to Join ARC Upon Completion Yes Yes
Participation in Coached Programs Upon Completion Yes Yes

* Hours on the water are subject to inclement weather.

Class Days & Times

Course Duration Start Date End Date Register
Learn To Row 4 Weeks April 1, 2017 April 30, 2017 Open
Learn To Row 4 Weeks TBD TBD TBD
Executive Learn To Row 2 Weeks TBD TBD TBD
Learn To Row 4 Weeks TBD TBD TBD
Executive Learn To Row 2 Weeks TBD TBD TBD
* Executive Learn To Row 3 Weeks TBD TBD Paper Application & Send in Check for Payment

Learn To Row

Day Class Time
Saturdays 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Sundays 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Wednesdays 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Executive Learn To Row

Day Class Time
Fridays 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturdays 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Sundays 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

* Executive Learn To Row (weekends only)

Due to changes in available daylight, please note the different class times for this session.

Day Class Time
Saturdays 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Sundays 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Intensity & Requirements

Our goal is to give you a trial period of intensive coaching so you can decide if rowing is a sport to enjoy long term. The courses consist of technical and safety training on land — using the infamous ‘erg’ (indoor rowing machine) — as well as lots of water time in small (singles and doubles) and large (eights) boats. In the 4 week course, we also use an eight-person rowing barge that allows beginners to row on the river in a very stable environment. Both the sweep rowing technique (rowing with one oar) and the sculling technique (rowing with two oars) will be taught. The classes are conducted by experienced ARC rowing coaches and experienced volunteers.

Our Learn To Row course focuses on rowing technique and does not consist of hard workouts. There are, however, some physical requirements for class admission:

  • Participants must be competent swimmers. You must feel comfortable in and on the water and be able to tread water.
  • Participants must be comfortable lifting at least 30 pounds overhead (participants will have to lift the boats to carry on their shoulders).
  • Participants must weigh less than 230 pounds because of equipment design limitations.

If nothing else, you’ll enjoy time on the scenic Chattahoochee river while learning a new activity and making new friends. Those who complete the Learn-To-Row program are invited to apply for membership in the Atlanta Rowing Club for the remainder of the calendar year. Please see our New Members section of the web site for more information on our membership dues and volunteering requirements.

Age Requirement

Participants must be at least 18 years of age. If you are under age 18, you should contact two very good school age programs – the Atlanta Junior Rowing Association or  Saint Andrew Rowing Club.

Application & Fees

If you wish to participate in the Learn To Row program, complete an Application & Waiver Form for Learn To Row and mail it to the address shown below along with the $300 class fee.

If you wish to participate in the Executive Learn To Row program, click on the “Register” link next to the class you desire in the course schedule shown above. Sign up and submit payment online.

The fee may be refunded up to two weeks before the start of your session.

For Learn To Row course only: Payment is due with your completed application.

Atlanta Rowing Club
P.O. Box 500937
Atlanta, GA 31150
ATTN: Learn To Row

For more information on the Learn To Row Program, please email learntorow[at]atlantarow.org or fill out this form:

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FREE Rowing Lesson: National Learn To Row Day

If you are interested in a brief introduction to rowing for free on June 3, 2017, check out National Learn To Row Day — a nationally coordinated day to sample rowing.

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