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Adult Learn to Row 2019

If you want to try the exciting sport of rowing, come take a learn to row class with BIR!

You can row for fun, fitness, camaraderie, and, if you wish, competition along with fellow adult rowers ranging in age from their 20s to their 80s.

Please note that all new youth rowers (or parents of rowers in middle or high school) should look to the BIR Junior Programs for information about beginning to row – this page is for prospective adult rowers only.

2019 Learn to Row Schedule

All classes require a minimum enrollment of 4 people.

Weekend Intensives

We offer three weekend intensives for sweep rowing (one oar) and one weekend intensive for sculling (two oars).  These include one Thursday evening (land training), one Saturday morning (on water), and one Sunday morning (on water). Once you complete a Learn to Row class, you will have the opportunity to join our Novice team and continue to build your rowing skills.

Dates and meeting times (please note meeting times vary according to the tides): 

Weekend Intensive 1:
May 16: 6:30-8:30 pm, May 18: 1 pm – 6 pm, May 19: 1 pm – 6 pm

Weekend Intensive 2:
June 6: 6:30-8:30 pm (land), June 8: 8 am – 1 pm, June 9: 8 am -1 pm

Weekend Intensive 3:
July 18: 6:30-8:30 pm (land), July 20: 8 am – 1 pm, July 21: 8 am – 1 pm

Weekend Intensive 4 (this is a Learn to Scull session – two oars!)
Aug. 1: 6:30-8:30 pm, Aug. 3: 7:00 am-12:00 pm, Aug. 4: 8 am – 1 pm

 Fees: $200

Free Learn to Row Day

  • June 1, 2019, 9 am – 12 pm.No float test required.  Just come to the boatyard at Waterfront Park on Bainbridge.  Ages 13 and up.

We will introduce you to ergs, rowing shells, and get you out on the water for a quick row.  Wear shoes that can get wet and somewhat tight-fitting shorts or pants. Dress for the weather!


Prerequisites for Adult Learn to Row Classes

All participants must complete the following prerequisites.
All required forms are linked below and can also be found on the Forms & Documents page.

Age: Open to ages 19 years and up. For new athletes ages 14-18, please check out the BIR Junior Programs.

Float Test: ​This in-the-water task requires you, under the supervision of a certified lifeguard, to tread water in clothing for 10 minutes and don a personal flotation device in the water. You may do this at the Bainbridge Aquatic Center or other supervised pool. Print the Float Test Form, or pick one up at the aquatic center, and have a certified lifeguard complete the form. You will give the signed form to the Learn to Row instructor at the first class. Please plan ahead to complete this prerequisite.  Contact the Bainbridge Aquatic Center to find out when they will next conduct float tests.

US Rowing Waiver: Print out the US Rowing Waiver, or pick one up at the boathouse, and complete, sign, and return it to the Learn to Row instructor by the first class.

Physical Abilities: ​You must be able to lift 35 lbs overhead (with assistance of your teammates) and walk up to 50 yards with the boat on your shoulder.

Payment: You must pay in full for the class prior to the first session. Instructions about how to pay will be included in your registration information.

How to Enroll

Send an email to stating the session you wish to join.  We will send you enrollment and payment information.  Once enrolled, the coordinators will send you more details about the classes.

More About Rowing

Visit the new Rowing 101 page here at and view these recommended videos to get a better feel for the sport.



Please Click to Email Adult Learn-to-Row Coordinator Kathy Maher or call 1-206-484-9128.