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Learn to Row

2020 Registration is now open!

We regret to inform that our Learn to Row sessions have been POSTPONED in compliance with State COVID-19 restrictions. Please check back as we will be rescheduling as soon as it is safe to do so!
“I joined "Learn-to-Row" with no experience and no expectations, but it looked like a fun and different way to get a workout.  I didn't even know if I could do it, but I wanted to give it a try. I soon found that I LOVED it. With the support of the coaches, members of the club and my fellow rowing boat mates, I gained the confidence and experience to be an equal part of a great team. Now, I forget that I'm getting a GREAT workout when I'm having fun rowing with many new friends." - former LTR Participant

Learn To Row!


The Annapolis Rowing Club (ARC) Learn-to-Row (LTR) Program is designed to give prospective rowers a ‘taste’ of our sport, and to allow individuals to determine if they would like to enter into the ARC Novice Rowing Program. Individuals attending LTR will learn safety, terminology and basic rowing skills from both land-based and on-the-water training sessions with experienced ARC rowers. By the end of the session, you will have a very good idea if this sport is right for you. Experienced coaches, rowers and ARC volunteers will be on hand during the LTR sessions to assist and answer all of your questions. Those who complete this weekend session will be eligible to enroll in the ARC Novice Program.

This program is geared for the Masters (adult) rower at least 19 years of age.

2020 Schedule: 

Each Session is two days (Saturday and Sunday) from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Sessions may be postponed or rescheduled due to weather. If a session is postponed, alternate dates and options will be offered.

Space is limited to a maximum of 12 participants per session.  The early Sessions do fill up very quickly. Register early to ensure you reserve your seat!


Session 1:  April 18th  – 19th  (Register here)

Session 2:  April 25th  – 26th (Register here)

Session 3:  May 9th  – 10th  (Mother’s Day Weekend)  (Register here)

Session 4:  May 16th  – 17th (Register here)

Session 5:  May 23rd – 24th  (Register here)

Watch a Session in Action:
Here is a video taken from day two during a past season Learn-to-Row Session. This is a group of LTR rowers sandwiched in the middle six of this eight-person boat that all just learned to row for the first time the day prior.  This video shows the group rowing "by all eight" for the first time. They were recovering with blades on the water for added stability and balance.  Their timing looks great as they are just learning how to all move up the slide together as one boat.  

Waitlist participants may be accommodated on a first come, first served basis. Contact our Vice President  to request waitlist consideration.

$185.00 payable to Annapolis Rowing Club electronically via our secure website.  There will be no refunds of the Session fee within 2 weeks of the start of the Session or after the Session has begun.

Annapolis Rowing Club @ Gingerville Yachting Center. Click HERE to map directions to our location. Parking is available on-site. Arrive via Sunset Drive, turn right and park up on top of the hill near the Boathouse. Please drive carefully through the lot and keep an eye out for people carrying equipment.

What to Wear:

  • Comfortable athletic clothing that you can move in. We suggest shorts or pants that are not too baggy because they will get caught in the sliding seat (lycra/spandex is best).

  • Socks

  • Sneaker type shoes

  • Depending on the weather, multiple layers are advised

What to Bring:

  • Plenty of water- please do not bring metal water bottles in the boat

  • Easily portable snacks

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

  • Hat or visor

  • Water shoes or aqua socks if you have them

  • Extra dry clothes

  • Small towel

Learn More:
Do you have a specific question regarding LTR?  If so, please contact our Vice President.

What happens after a LTR Session?

After you complete LTR, you will be ready to decide if rowing is for you and if you are ready to commit to a more intensive (and fun!) training plan to become proficient on the water via our 9-week Novice Rowing Program