Bainbridge Island Rowing

Adult Learn to Row


We are thrilled that you have found us and are interested in learning to row. Here at Bainbridge Island Rowing we believe that rowing changes lives through friendships, community, teamwork and the serenity of being out on the water.

Every spring through summer, we offer Learn to Row classes on the water. During the winter months, we often offer ‘Learn to Row’ on the Erg (rowing machine). If you would like more information or to sign up for a class, please contact Celia Clark


2021-2022 Winter Season

Bainbridge Island Rowing Club has winter conditioning and land based classes designed to get a new rower familiar with the sport of rowing. These sessions include terminology, physical conditioning using rowing machines, and the camaraderie of a great community. These sessions will prepare you to take Learn to Row classes on the water in the Spring or Summer.

‘Learn to Row’ (Learn to Erg) – Winter Indoor Sessions / E-Z-P-Z Winter Conditioning

Coached by Kathy Maher, Learn to Row Coach

Try it out!  The first 2 sessions are FREE, and thereafter you can use our $8.00 per session punch card system.

Sessions are also open to experienced rowers who wish to maintain physical conditioning during the winter at a non-competitive pace.  All adults 18 years and older are welcome.

DATES: Tuesdays / Thursdays, December 23 – February 12 (no class Dec. 28th and 30th). Come to 1, 2 or many sessions! Drop-ins Welcome!

TIME: 9-10am

LOCATION: Stan Pocock Legacy Rowing Center – Bainbridge Island Rowing, Waterfront Park. Access on Brien Drive

SKILL LEVEL: All welcome. New to rowing – experienced rowers, 18+


  • Proof of vaccine
  • Join USRowing and sign the waiver: (BIR registration code is KRCBC)
  • Contact Celia Clark to be added to the team or if you have any questions!

Hope to see you at the boathouse!



If you cannot participate in our Learn to Row classes, or you want a refresher class after returning to rowing after a long absence, we offer private lessons with our coaches during the spring and summer.

Private coaching rates:

  • $80 for one 1-1/2 hour lesson for up to two people
  • $300 for a package of four 1-1/2 hour lessons. Package classes can be split up into several sessions. Two person maximum for each lesson. Those purchasing the four lesson package will receive one month free BIR Membership and unlimited rowing for that month.

To connect with one of our private coaches, email stating what you are interested in and possible scheduling needs. 

Prerequisites for Learn to Row and Private Classes

All participants must complete the following prerequisites.

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

Float Test (for on the water rowing programs): ​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 any supervised pool. Print the Float Test Form, and have a certified lifeguard complete the form. You will give the signed form to the Learn to Row coach at the first class. We are working with the Bainbridge Aquatic Center to organize a group float test. We will follow up with those registered for a Learn to Row Class when we know more.

Physical Abilities: ​ You must be able to:

  • Bend your knees to the squat position.
  • Sustain aerobic activity for at least 15 minutes.
  • Lift 35 lbs. overhead (with assistance of your teammates) and walk up to 50 yards with the boat on your shoulder.
  • Be flexible enough to get in and out of the rowing shell from knee-deep water.

Questions?   Please contact Celia.