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 18 participants, so early sign-up is strongly encouraged. To register for the course please download the registration form and mail to the Atlanta Rowing Club:  LTR Application Form .

Course Descriptions

4 Week Learn To Row Course

Our goal is to provide structured, intensive coaching providing the basics of rowing technique and safety. At the end of the course you should feel comfortable in both sweep and sculling shells so you can decide if rowing is a sport to enjoy long term. The courses consist of technical and safety training on both land based training — using the infamous ‘erg’ (indoor rowing machine) — as well as water training in sculling boats (quads, doubles, and singles) and sweep boats (eights). The courses also use an eight-person rowing barge that allows for a very stable environment to learn the mechanics of the rowing stroke before adding additional complexity around balance. The classes are conducted by experienced ARC rowing coaches and experienced volunteers.

2 Week 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 and have athletic skill. This is a faster paced course that moves quickly from step to step in the training process during the two weekend sessions. Participants should have some level of fitness prior to attending the course due to its intensive nature.

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* 18 Hours 9 Hours
Pace of Course Gradual Accelerated
Use of Indoor Rowing Machines Yes Yes
Use of Boats on the Water Yes Yes
Participants 18 18
Coaches & Instructors 12-14 11-13
Ready to Join ARC Upon Completion Yes Yes
Required Participation in Coached Programs Upon Completion Yes Yes

* Hours on the water are subject to inclement weather.

Class Days & Times 2017

Course Duration Start Date End Date Register
Learn To Row 4 Weeks April 1 April 30 closed
Learn To Row 4 Weeks May 31 June 28 closed
Learn To Row 4 Weeks August 5 September 10
No classes on 2 weekends:
Aug 19+20, Sept 2+3
 
Open
Executive Learn To Row 2 Weeks September 22 October 1 Open

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

Intensity & Requirements

Our goal is to provide structured give you a trial period of intensive coaching providing the basics of rowing technique and safety.  At the end of the course you should feel comfortable in both sweep and sculling shells so you can decide if rowing is a sport to enjoy long term. The courses consist of technical and safety training on both land based training — using the infamous ‘erg’ (indoor rowing machine) — as well as water training in sculling boats lots of water time in small (quads, singles and doubles, and singles) and large sweep boats (eights) boats. The courses also use In the 4 week course, we also use an eight-person rowing barge that allows for a beginners to row on the river in a very stable environment to learn the mechanics of the rowing stroke before adding additional complexity around balance. 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, however you will be active during the class. 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 the Application & Waiver Form Application & Waiver Form for Learn To Row and mail it to the address shown below along with the $300 class fee.  The application can be downloaded HERE.

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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