Bainbridge Island Rowing

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Adult LEARN TO ROW 2021

If you want to try the exciting sport of rowing, come take a learn to row class with BIR! You can row for fun, fitness, camaraderie, and, if you wish, competition along with 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.

2021 Learn to Row Schedule

All classes will require a minimum enrollment of 4 people.

We are offering three multi-session Learn to Row classes this summer. The dates and times are listed below. The format is a Weekend Intensive followed by skills development rowing sessions twice a week for two weeks – either mid-morning 8:45 am – 11 am OR evenings 6 – 8 pm.  Please make sure you register for the class that fits your schedule! You are expected to commit to and attend all sessions. Once you complete a Learn to Row class, you will have the opportunity to join a rowing group that fits your fitness goals and skill level.

Dates and meeting times: 

Learn to Row Class 3:

July 15: 6:30-8:30 pm (land), July 17: 7:30 am – 12 pm, July 18: 7:30 am – 12 pm,

July 20, July 22, July 27, July 29: 6 pm – 8 pm

Fees: $260


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.

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 19 years and up. For athletes ages 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 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.


How to Enroll

Click HERE to Enroll in the class you choose and that fits your schedule. Additional instructions will be included in your registration confirmation email. Payment must be received prior to the first session.


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

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