Bainbridge Island Rowing
Bainbridge Rowing Masters Four Ferry

Learn to Row 2017

Always wanted to try rowing? Now you can! BIR’s Learn-to-Row classes are open to all adults aged 19 years and older, and our free rowing preview day is open to anyone 13 and older. No previous rowing experience is required. Participants will be introduced to the key aspects of this fast-growing sport, including coxswain commands, proper form, rhythm, slide control, blade control, feathering, and strengthening the core. All classes meet at Waterfront Park and are taught by experienced coaches from Bainbridge Island Rowing.

Participation Requirements

  • Complete a float test, which can be scheduled at the Bainbridge Aquatic Center. Please bring your completed Float Test Form to the orientation session (1st class).
  • Complete a lift test to demonstrate you can lift 35 lbs. overhead with two hands.
  • Attend at least 80% (8 of 10) classes.
  • The first session is off-water and includes a safety video and technique work on rowing machines. At the first session, the coach will talk about appropriate clothing and shoes for rowing. Most rowers will not need to purchase anything specific.


Class Lineup

Learn to Row – Free Preview:
Join Bainbridge Island Rowing for a free preview of the exciting sport of rowing! You’ll learn about safety and equipment, receive land-based instruction, and, weather permitting, get on the water and start rowing before you leave! It’s 100% free, so stop by or contact for details.

  • Ages: 13 and older
  • Schedule: Saturday, June 3, 2017,  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Drop-ins welcome.
  • Cost: FREE!

Learn to Row – Five-Week Course:
Spend more time learning to row with Bainbridge Island Rowing crews. You’ll learn and practice the basics of equipment use, proper form and position, oar use, and much more.

  • Ages: 19 and older
  • Schedule:
    • June 12 – July 12, Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (no class July 3)
    • July 13 – August 10, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:15 – 8 p.m.
  • Cost: $249
  • Participation requirements: Complete a float test and demonstrate the ability to lift 35 lbs. overhead.

Learn to Row – Weekend Intensive:
The weekend intensive will introduce you to the same rowing fundamentals as the five-week course, but it is conveniently scheduled into one weekend (+ Thursday evening introduction).

  • Ages: 19 and older
  • Schedule:
    • Thursday: evening introduction
    • Saturday
    • Sunday
  • Cost: $249

These popular classes are added as needed. If they are full, please contact BI Parks & Recreation and ask to be added to the wait list for upcoming weekend intensives.