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 offer ‘Learn to Erg’ classes indoors on the erg (rowing machine).



2024 Learn to Row

Learn to Row On-Water Sessions 

The format is a Weekend Intensive followed by skills development rowing sessions twice a week for two weeks. You are expected to commit to and attend all sessions.  Once you learned the skills and completed a Learn to Row class, you will have the opportunity to join our Open rowing group.

An essential part of BIR is safety and we require all participants that will be in our rowing shells to complete a float test. This is usually scheduled after a boathouse orientation on the evening of the first session at the Bainbridge Island Aquatics Center.

Learn to Row classes require a minimum enrollment of 4 people.

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Prerequisites for Learn to Row and Private Classes

All participants must complete the following prerequisites.

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. BIR will be scheduling group float tests at the onset of each program, usually the first night of Learn to Row. Outside of those sessions rowers may ask the BI Aquatic Center to administer a basic swim test, which will suffice until the next available BIR float-test session. Rowers are encouraged to “self-test” their ability to tread water for 10 minutes and put on a PFD during the final minute.

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.


Private Lessons

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.

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

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.

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

private lesson registration form


Questions?  If you would like more information, please email