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Youth Learn To Row sessions are by arrangement with the coaching staff:

  • Scholastic:
  • High School Coach:
  • Middle School Coach:

A link to the Summer Camp registration is located at the bottom of this page and is also on its own page in the Learn To Row menu (along with the schedule for the camps).

Adult Learn To Row Course Registration

The Learn To Row program is for people with little or no prior experience with rowing.   The cost is $175 and  covers six sessions.  Note that up to 50% of this fee can be applied as a credit towards the Novice or Experienced Practice program fee (it's prorated so it will vary).

The Spring session of our Learn To Row is now history; we will offer group LTR again in the Fall, but if you can't wait please get in touch with us via the links on our Contact Page and we'll set you up with some personal training with either one of our coaching staff or an experienced rower volunteer.

Be sure to read all the course information listed below the Learn To Row Registration Bar so that you can come well prepared!  Then complete the online registration, fill out the appropriate Waiver, and pay for your course.  While you're waiting for the first session, take time to read the Rowing Documents in the Learn To Row section of our website; it'll help you grasp the new terminology and concepts more quickly when you encounter them in the course.  Please note that the first day's LTR will begin at 9:00 am for a "Meet and Greet" event.  Refreshments and good cheer will be served!

Adult Learn To Row Course Information


  • Our Adult Learn To Row Classes are held several times throughout the year; be sure to check out the information for upcoming events on our Events Page. 
  • Here's where we'll meet.
  • Our Adult Learn To Row Classes are normally held for three consecutive weekends, Saturday and Sunday mornings from  7:30 a.m. to 9:30a.m. - in the Summer session, or 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Fall, Spring, and Winter sessions.
  • For information about our Youth Rowing Initiation for Middle and High School students interested in rowing, please contact us .

Please note that our Learn to Row classes are very popular and tend to fill up fast; space is limited so don't wait to sign up. Registration for future sessions will open up approximately one month prior to the start date of the session.

CCRC's Learn To Row course is taught by our USRowing Certified coaches, and focuses primarily upon technique rather than athletic ability, so it is well-suited for those looking for an engaging sport with which to become more physically active.

What is the time commitment?
LTR sessions run for 3 consecutive weekends on Saturday and Sunday, with lessons running approximately two hours each day.  Classes start promptly at 7:30 am in the summer (9:30 am in Fall/Winter/Spring).  Attendance after the first two lessons is preferred, but not mandatory. The more classes you make the better rower you will become by the end of the program.

Rowing has some specialized vocabulary which we use on a regular basis.  We recommend that you  familiarize yourself beforehand with our Rowing Terminology Document and with the CCRC Rowing Manual.  Try to watch the several videos we have on the website; one that you might find useful to view before actually taking the course (and again afterwards as a refresher) is this online Learn To Row Course

Although experienced rowers can make rowing appear to be easy, it is a highly technical sport that takes years to master. This course will teach you the basic techniques required to row at a minimal level and provide you with a base on which to build should you decide to continue.

What are the classes like?
First day is mandatory, and begins with introductions to your coaches.  As a student you can expect to spend the majority of the first day in the boat yard where you will be introduced to the rowing shells and learn the various parts and how they work. You will also be introduced to the Concept II ergometer rowing machine on which you will begin learning basic rowing techniques.  Weather permitting, students will be shown how to correctly climb into a eight-person rowing shell and then to start rowing on the water under the watchful guidance of our staff.

Subsequent days: Each class day is spent teaching the rowing technique by breaking down the rowing stroke into individual parts, and then reassembling those parts into one fluid motion to form the stroke. You will learn drills which address different components of the stroke and help to build muscle memory. You will learn how to put together these movements in sync with 7 other people to make a boat move forward efficiently . We do not focus on speed, but on the last day we will try to hold an informal race between boats with a mix of Learn To Rowers and experienced rowers.

Safety for our students is our primary goal. During the second weekend of the LTR program everyone will get to watch the USRowing Safety Video. If you miss the video you will be required to watch it on another day.

Medical conditions need to be reported in writing to the coach. In some cases a written permission from your doctor may be required. 

As a minimum we require all students to be able to tread water for at least 10 minutes. If you should later decide to join the club a swimming test witnessed by a certified lifeguard will be required.

Are there any physical requirements?
There is no pre-training or fitness level necessary for this class; however, it is a very physical sport so be prepared to sweat and experience some sore muscles.  Rowers who continue with the sport will realize the cardiovascular and core strength development.

Learn To Row is designed to teach you the basic techniques you will need if you wish to continue rowing and bring about these changes; however, there are a few minimum physical requirements for taking a Learn to Row class.

  • Touch your ankles without bending your knees.
  • Bend your knees to the squat position.
  • Sustain aerobic activity for at least 15 minutes.
  • Lift 35 lbs. over your head. You along with 7 other rowers will be required to lift and carry a 8 person racing shell that weighs 225 lbs over your heads from the yard to the water and then back.
  • Fit into a narrow boat (not more than 20").
  • Swim (tread water) a minimum of 10 minutes.  If you cannot do so, you must provide and wear a USCG approved floatation device while on the water.  Your completed registration confirms you understanding and compliance with this policy.
  • You must be somewhat physically fit and flexible enough to get in and out of the rowing shell.

Rowing is a whole body sport that uses legs, core (abs and back) and arms to put the oar in the water and make a boat move. Rowing also develops (and requires) excellent flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning. This conditioning and improvements in your physical well being take time and it is not the intent of the Learn To Row course to bring these changes about in three weeks.  

Rowing is considered to be the #1 alternative sport for those who have injured their knees from running.  For women rowing helps build upper body strength that other sports cannot.

If you want to prepare for your Learn to Row class, the best thing you can do is take brisk walks or even running to build cardiovascular fitness, followed by stretching your warmed up muscles to build flexibility. Pay particular attention to the leg groups (quads & hamstrings) and your back and shoulders (lower back, obliques, delts, lats). You might also do a few sets of sit-ups to strengthen your core and lower back. However, please remember that no training is necessary to take a Learn to Row class.
General Info, what to wear and what to bring:
Arrive at the yard a few minutes early.

  • Bring water in a soft sided water bottle(s). You will be on the water several hours so keeping hydrated is of extreme importance in both hot and cool temperatures.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sunglasses equipped with a strap.
  • Ball Cap to keep the sun and sweat out of your eyes and/or a small hand towel to wipe the sweat off your brow.
  • Shorts and tee shirt or form fitting exercise clothing or bike riding clothing.  Loose baggy shorts will not be permitted; they will get caught in the sliding seat wheels. In cooler temperatures wear layers that can be easily removed as you warm up.
  • Socks
  • Sandals or something that can easily be slipped on and off your feet. The boats come equipped with their own sneakers.

What happens after Learn to Row is over?
Learn To Row graduates can move onto the next level of Novice Rower.  Novice Rowers who are interested in continuing their rowing experience are provided with 1 month's free membership to CCRC.  Novice rowers can continue their training in the Coached Rowing sessions on Wed. evenings and Saturday mornings.  For more details on the different programs go to the Join Us section on the Main Menu.
If you have any questions call Jim at 239-541-6991 or email

Youth Summer Camps

Scholastic Summer Camp Programs$250.  These two-week sessions are the perfect opportunity for high school and middle school who are interested in trying out rowing but are thinking twice before committing to a full semester of rowing .  No prior rowing experience is required... these are for and for beginners and intermediates alike.

The Registration "Adult Learn To Row" is not currently available.