Bainbridge Island Rowing
BIR - We're in this boat together - Oar of Progress
Bainbridge Rowing Masters Eagle Harbor

Learn to Row 2019

The Learn-to-Row season is almost upon us! If you want to try the exciting sport of rowing or know someone who does, BIR offers classes for all levels of interest. You can row for fun, fitness, camaraderie, and, if you wish, competition along 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

BIR generally offers two types of Adult Learn-to-Row schedules: Weekend Intensives and Two-Week Sessions.

In addition, we typically also offer a four-day Adult Learn-to-Row program in August. 

All classes require a minimum enrollment of 4 people.

Weekend Intensives

We offer three weekend intensives that include one Thursday evening, one Saturday morning, and one Sunday morning.

Dates: TBD (please check back in February)

Times: Thursday evening, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm + Saturday and Sunday mornings, 7:30 am – 12:00 pm.

Fees: $200

Two-Week Session

This Learn-to-Row option meets six times over two weeks.

Dates & Times: 

  • TBD (please check back)

Fees: $240

August Four-Day Session

This Learn-to-Row option meets four times over one week. Date and time TBD. Please check back.

Fees: TBD


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

Age: You must be 21 or older to participate in official adult (aka ‘Masters’) rowing events. For athletes aged 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.

USRowing Waiver: Print out the USRowing 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.

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 details about the classes.

More About Rowing

Visit the USRowing Website and view these recommended videos to get a better feel for the sport.


Please contact Kathy Maher, Adult Learn-to-Row Coordinator, at ​, or call 206-484-9128.