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Learn to Row


2022 season Will open March 5th at 8:00 am.

Registration for our 2022 Learn-To-Row season will open on March 5th.   

Please note that all LTR students will need to have had their Covid-19 vaccination  (both doses + 14 days) & be able to produce documentation for it prior to your LTR class start date.  You will need to upload a copy of your vaccine documents when you register for your LTR class. 

The Atlanta Rowing Club offers a 6-week course. To ensure individual attention, each session is limited to 18-20 participants.

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


Course Descriptions

6 WEEK LEARN TO ROW COURSE

The classes are conducted by experienced ARC rowing coaches and experienced volunteers. We ask that you miss no more than 1-2 class sessions as it is very difficult to catch up & we do not offer the ability to make up any sessions.  We also ask that you not miss the first weekend of classes as they will cover technique and safety in preparation of getting out onto the water.  

This Learn-To-Row (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 6-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.
 

2022 Schedule

April/May LTR Session - 18 sessions (April 15th - May 22nd) CLOSED

Day Class Time
Fridays 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Saturdays 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Sundays 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

June/July LTR - 18 sessions (June 3rd-July 17th) *No class July 4th weekend CLOSED

Day Class Time
Fridays 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Saturdays 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Sundays 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

July/August LTR - 18 sessions (July 22nd - August 28th)

Day Class Time
Fridays 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Saturdays 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Sundays 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Course Function Learn to Row
Cost $650 ($50 non-refundable seat hold)
Rowing Techniques Sculling (2 oars) & Sweep (1 oar)
Classes per Course 18 2-hour Classes
Class Hours 36 Hours
Hours on the Water* 30 Hours
Pace of Course Gradual
Use of Indoor Rowing Machines Yes
Use of Boats on the Water Yes
Participants 18-20
Coaches & Instructors 12-14
Ready to Join ARC Upon Passing 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 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  55 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.

PASS Requirements
The Atlanta Rowing Club grades each student on the following required passing criteria:  mobility, coordination, technique, and coachability.  Based on a student's progress, the coaches will communicate areas of concern where the student needs to improve. The above passing criteria are required to join the Atlanta Rowing Club.

Refund Policy

A student can withdraw from the learn to row class within the first 3 days for a 75% refund.  This does not include the $50.00 non-refundable seat hold.  Thereafter, a student will not be eligible for a refund.

You’ll enjoy time on the scenic Chattahoochee river while learning a new activity and making new friends. Those who PASS 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.

Rowing Terms

Know Those Rowing Terms

Know Your Rowing Terms

Here are a set of rowing terms with which to familiarize yourself. Knowing these terms and understanding the meanings of expressions will help keep you safe on the dock and water. 


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

The Learn to Row class is $650 per participant.  This includes a non-refundable $50 seat hold.  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 $50 will be required with your online application to hold a seat in a Learn to Row class.

Two weeks before the first day of each class, verified participants will be billed the balance of $600 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@atlantarow.org.

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


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