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Learn to Row


Registration for 2019 is now open.

The Atlanta Rowing Club offers a 4-week course. To ensure individual attention, each session is limited to 24 participants, so early sign-up is strongly encouraged.

If you have any questions about registration, please contact our Learn to Row program coordinator at learntorow@atlantarow.org.


Course Descriptions

4 WEEK LEARN TO ROW COURSE

This LearnToRow (LTR) class is designed to give you structured, intensive coaching in rowing technique and safety. 

Each LTR class offered at the Atlanta Rowing Club are 4-week courses, comprising of 3 days per week. Each day includes a 2-hour session of indoor & on water learning experience. 

At the end of the course, you should feel comfortable in both sweep and sculling shells. You'll be able to decide if rowing is a sport you can enjoy long-term. In this course, there will be technical and safety training on land using the infamous ‘erg’ (indoor rowing machine) as well as water training in sculling boats (quads, doubles, and singles) and sweep boats (eights).

In this course, we begin with using an eight-person rowing barge that creates a balanced environment to learn the mechanics of the rowing. But, we do add balance complexity when moving into training in eights, quads, and doubles.

The classes are conducted by experienced ARC rowing coaches and experienced volunteers. We ask that you miss no more than 2 class days as it is very difficult to catch up & we do not offer the ability to make up any sessions. 

March/April LTR (3/13/19 -- 4/7/19)

Day Class Time
Saturdays 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Sundays 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Wednesdays 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

May LTR (4/24/19 -- 5/19/19)

Day Class Time
Saturdays 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Sundays 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Wednesdays 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

June LTR (6/7/19 -- 6/30/19)

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

August LTR (8/2/19 -- 8/25/19)

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

Course Function Learn to Row
Cost $300
Rowing Techniques Sculling (2 oars) & Sweep (1 oar)
Classes per Course 12 2-hour Classes
Class Hours 24 Hours
Hours on the Water* 18 Hours
Pace of Course Gradual
Use of Indoor Rowing Machines Yes
Use of Boats on the Water Yes
Participants 18
Coaches & Instructors 12-14
Ready to Join ARC Upon Completion Yes
Required Participation as ARC Member in Coached Programs Upon Completion Yes
* Hours on the water are subject to inclement weather.

Intensity & Requirements

Our goal is to provide a structured 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 indoors using the infamous ‘erg’ (indoor rowing machine) as well as water training in boats.  You'll have a chance to get into large (eights)  & small (quads, doubles) boats. 

Our courses use an eight-person rowing barge that allows for beginners to row on the river in a more stable boat environment to learn the mechanics of the rowing stroke before adding additional complexity to 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. Therefore, there are 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 General Membership section of the web site for more information on our membership dues and volunteering requirements.

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Age Requirements

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

Both the Learn to Row and Executive Learn to Row classes are $300 per participant. Class rosters are filled on a first come, first served basis and waiting lists often start more than a month ahead of the first day of class. As seats become available, applicants on the waiting list for a class will be notified of their admittance to the class.

A non-refundable fee of $25 will be required with your online application to hold a seat in a Learn to Row or Executive Learn to Row class.

Two weeks before the first day of each class, verified participants will be billed the balance of $275 for their upcoming Learn to Row session. Payment is due BEFORE the first day of class. If payment is not received by the first class AND a participant does notify the program coordinator of an absence, their seat will be given to the next person on the waiting list.

Please contact the Learn to Row program coordinator with any questions about the registration process at learntorow[at]atlantarow.org.

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If you have any questions about registration, please contact our Learn to Row program coordinator at learntorow[at]atlantarow.org.


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