Bainbridge Island Rowing

For Crying Out Loud! Learn to Row Already!

The 2018 Learn to Row season is 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 pleasure, fitness, camaraderie, and if you wish, competition. Our adult rowers range in age from early 20s to 80s.

2018 Learn to Row Schedule

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


  • Weekend Intensive 1:  April 19, 21, 22
  • Weekend Intensive 2:  May 17, 19, 20
  • Weekend Intensive 3:  July 12, 14, 15

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

Fees: $195

Two-Week Session

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

Dates & Times: 

  • Tuesday, June 5: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Thursday, June 7: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, June 9: 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, June 12: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Thursday, June 14: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, June 16: 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

Fees: $235


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

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 it, sign it, 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 you are 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, Learn to Row Coordinator, at ​, or call 206-484-9128.