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 two hours long and meet twice weekly for four weeks (morning and evening classes available).

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 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: LTR I sessions have 13 seats; LTR II sessions have 9 seats. 

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.  There is one planned for the week before Memorial Day and one for the week after Memorial Day.  Dates will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.

2017 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).


Session Dates/Times:

LTR begins with an Orientation on on Saturday June 3, 2017.

Classes sessions will be offered on the following dates and times:

LTR I dates: June 5 - June 29

LTR II dates: July 10 - August 3

  • Class times will be based on interest and availability of those coming through Learn to Row I.   Class times and days will be established in June, and registration should open around June 15. 


Registration Instructions

Registration will be available as of April 15, 2017. To register for Learn to Row I, click on the session you would like to register for in the list below. 

  • You will be prompted to fill in personal information.
  • You will be prompted to pay for the class. 
  • You should receive an automatic notice that you have been enrolled in the session.  You should receive a separate notice when your payment has been processed. 
  • Classes (repeated from above): 

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

updated 4/12/2017 - TF
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