Learn to Row (LTR)

Big Picture:

Rowing is an excellent way to enjoy the outdoors! This sport also builds teamwork and is a great way to meet new people.  Under the supervision of experienced coaches and coxswains, you will receive a complete introduction to the sport with focus on proper technique, boat-handling, and safety. No prior rowing experience is necessary; however, the ability to get up and down into a squatting position and fit in a narrow rowing shell is helpful.  Classes are 90 minutes long and meet twice weekly for four weeks (morning and evening classes available).  There will be a make-up day for anyone who missed that week's class (or for anyone interested in additional time and coaching on the water) on Saturdays.

In LTR I, you will learn to scull (row with two oars). In LTR II, you will learn to sweep (row with a single oar). Participants must complete LTR I in order to proceed to LTR II. After completing both LTR I and II, participants are welcome (& encouraged!) to join GCRA as a member. Various opportunities and programs are available within the club to help you continue to build your skills and meet your rowing goals.


The Details:

GCRA requires that Learn to Row participants be 18 years or older and pass a swimming and physical test to ensure the proper safe environment during the sessions. Class sizes are limited.

GCRA is dedicated to maintaining a safe rowing environment.  Therefore, those who are interested in joining LTR must first pass the US Rowing recommended swim test.  This test will take place at Aquatic Adventures in Hilliard at designated dates/times (to be announced) and will include a 100m swim, treading water for 15 minutes, and putting on a life vest while in the water.  If you pass the swim test, you will also be required to demonstrate that you can complete the following physical tasks during an orientation session at the boathouse:

  • Leg squat
  • Lift & hold 25 pounds over your head

If you are unable to complete these tests, GCRA will issue a full refund.  Please note – this is the only case in which a refund will be issued.

Swim test dates TBD.  


2018 Schedule and Fees:
  • LTR I: $275
  • LTR II: $275
  • LTR I or II for current club members:  $100.  Current Membership status will be confirmed by club officers. 

These fees are inclusive of all motorized launch fuel and safety equipment, coach and coxswain fees, swim test fees, insurance, and rowing equipment.  You will still be responsible for personal clothing and comfort items (i.e. water bottle, hat, sunscreen, etc).



*Saturday is a “make-up” day.  These Saturday classes are for anyone who missed a class that week or anyone who would like to have more time on the water/practice/coaching.  The make-up day works like this:

  • Sign up for the class opens at 8 pm on Thursdays and closes at noon on Fridays
  •  There will a minimum of 4 participants needed to have the class and is capped at 10 participants
  •  Priority is given to those who missed a class that week

2018 Orientation:

There will be a mandatory LTR Orientation session where you'll hear about what you can expect from LTR & GCRA, review safety information, and learn about the club, boathouse, rowing equipment, the basics about rowing.  

Please note the orientation sessions will be held in May.  Available dates for the orientation will be determined once we have an accurate count of registered participants.  


Registration Instructions

Register for your desired LTR I session by clicking the corresponding link below:


Learn to Row I (Sculling) - Morning Session (M/W)


Learn to Row I (Sculling) - Evening Session (T/Th)




Questions? Please contact LTR Director: gcralearntorow@gmail.com





updated 4/3/2018 - BS
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