Learn to Row

Introduction to Rowing

The Cold Lake Rowing Club rowing club offers Learn to Row classes for beginners to learn all of the basic skills to start rowing. You do not need to have any prior experience – Learn to Row is designed to teach you rowing movement, safety and terminology to make you competent and comfortable on the water. The classes involve both indoor and outdoor instruction. The first day will be held indoors to cover safety, terminology and basic movements on the ergonomic rowing machines. The remainder of classes will be held on the water, in a rowing shell, with the instruction of coaches in the shell and from the coach motor boat.

Contact our club if you would like to take part in a Learn to Row session!

Frequently Asked Questions:

I have never rowed before, is LTR right for me?
Yes, the LTR is designed for absolute beginners. No prior experience is needed.

I have never rowed before, but have done canoe/kayak before, should I take the LTR?
Yes, paddling is very different from rowing as the sequences of motion are completely different. Having the prior experience of being in a water vessel may be a plus, but rowing shells are generally much narrow than a canoe or kayak, and require additional skills to balance.

I have rowed many many years ago, should I take the LTR?
You’ve probably heard the saying “you never forget how to ride a bike”. If you’ve rowed competently before, it should take very little to bring those skills back again. It really depends on how comfortable you are with the shell. Some people go into sport rowing right away and are able to pick it back up after a few sessions. Some prefer to take a few classes of LTR to slowly get back. The fees would be the same in the end since your LTR course fee will count towards your full year Cold Lake Rowing Club membership fee, so it’s really up to you which route you want to take.

Will I be sculling or sweeping?
In sculling, a rower uses two oars, one in each hand. In sweeping, a rower has one oar. The Learn to Row lessons teach you sculling in a boat with 4 or 8 other scullers. So you will be using two oars.

Do I need to buy my own equipment? What do I need to participate?
The Cold Lake Rowing Club provides all the equipment needed (boats, oars, life jacket), so you don’t need to buy anything for the classes. The only thing you need is comfy, snug clothing that you usually wear for workouts. We do row when it gets chilly, so don’t forget to wear sweat-wicking layers, and avoid any shirts/sweaters with pockets.

What does a learn-to-row course cost?

Recreational rowers and those registered in Lean to Row will be required to register annually with the Alberta Rowing Association as well as Canada Rowing Aviron in order to row with our club. As a recreational club, the fees for registering with these organization are $6.00 for the ARA and $10.00 for RCA for a total of $16.00.

The cost of a Learn to Row program with the Cold Lake Rowing Club is currently set at $80.00 for the first year. This includes the full 8 hours of instruction for the Learn to Row, and should you decide to join the club following the classes, this money will be deducted from your first year of membership.

What happens if I miss a class, or a class is cancelled?
River and weather conditions can change quickly in Cold Lake, and we are committed to ensuring your safety on the water. If conditions are unsafe due to electrical storms, or other conditions beyond our control, we will arrange makeup classes for you. If you miss a class due to illness or other commitments, we will fit you in to a makeup class, provided there is space for you. We are not able to give refunds for missed classes.

When do you run Learn to Row Classes?
Classes run throughout the spring and summer. Please check our website or Facebook page for scheduled times.

How old do you have to be to row?

Typically clubs across Canada do not accept rowers younger than 12 years of age as the boats are simply too large! Rowing is also a sport that requires a lot of technique, patience and focus.

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