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).



2022 Learn to Row Summer Class Schedule

We are offering three multi-session Learn to Row classes this summer. All classes will require a minimum enrollment of 4 people.

The format is a Weekend Intensive followed by skills development rowing sessions twice a week for two weeks: class options are either mid-morning 8:45-11am OR evenings 6-8 pm depending on which session you choose.  Please make sure you register for the class that fits your schedule! You are expected to commit to and attend all sessions. 

Once you learned the skills and complete a Learn to Row class, you will have the opportunity to join a rowing group that fits your fitness goals and skill level.


Learn to Row Class 1:

Thursday, June 2:  6:30-8:30pm (land)
Saturday, June 4:  7:30am-12pm (water)
Sunday, June 5:  7:30am-12pm (water)
Mon, June 6 / Wed, June 8 / Mon, June 13 / Wed,June 15:  Evenings 6-8pm (water)


Learn to Row Class 2:

Tuesday, June 21:  6:30-8:30pm (land)
Saturday, June 25:  7:30am-12pm (water)
Sunday, June 26:  7:30am-12pm (water)
Tues, June 28 / Thurs, June 30 /  Tues, July 5 / Thurs, July 7:  Mornings 8:45-11am (water)


Learn to Row Class 3:

Thursday, July 14:  6:30-8:30 pm (land), 
Saturday, July 16:  7:30 am-12 pm (water) 
Sunday, July 17:  7:30 am-12 pm (water)
Mon, July 18 /  Wed, July 20 /  Mon, July 25 /  Wed, July 27: 6-8 pm (water)

Fee: $285 for a Learn to Row Class


If you would like to register for a Learn to Row class

Please Register Here


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. 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.



Questions?  If you would like more information, please email