LEARN TO ROW
We encourage adults age 18 or over, of any gender, to explore the art of rowing with us. We hold our Learn to Row program every other spring, and we accept about 10 beginning rowers into each class. We teach sculling (two oars per person) as opposed to sweep (one oar per person). We are committed to the development of excellent rowing skills in all our members.
Rowing is strenuous exercise. Participants in Learn to Row should have a reasonable level of fitness and be able to swim.
The program is divided into two parts.
First, we run training sessions at the West Point Military Academy’s indoor tanks. These classes offer you the opportunity to dip an oar into some water for the first time and to try the sport at an affordable cost of $20.00 per person for each session. No commitment to join the club is required to participate. A minimum of two tank-training sessions are recommended as a prerequisite for continuing in the program.
The second part of our Learn to Row happens in Piermont at the corral where we store our boats. At this point, rowers commit to joining the club. Eight on-the-water coaching sessions are held, starting on the first Sunday in May from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM. Sessions are held on subsequent Sundays at the same time.
At the conclusion of the training program in late June, each new member will be assigned a club mentor, who will offer continuing instruction and help throughout the rest of the season. Beginners must row with experienced members in their boat during their first year of rowing.
There will be no Learn to Row program in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stay in touch for details about future Learn to Row activities, or if you have any questions about joining the club, by sending an email to the Membership chairperson at .
If you would like information about other places to learn to row, the Membership chairperson at can help with that too!