Learn to Row and Scull

Learn to Row Days

2023 Learn to Row Days: June 3, July 1, and August 5 (9:00am-12:00pm)

Learn to Row Days are great opportunities to try rowing and experience the fun! These LTR days each summer are free and open to the public. No registration is needed; just come on down. Learn to Row Day activities include:

  • Touring the boathouse
  • Learning the parts of a rowing shell
  • Learning basic rowing techniques on an indoor rower (erg)
  • Rowing on the Grand River guided by experienced rowers and coaches
  • Getting information about Learn to Row sessions and other rowing programs

Learn to Row Classes

Each Learn to Row session teaches the basics of sweep rowing in eight- and four-person rowing shells with an experienced coxswain and coach. Our programs will advance new rowers from 1) common commands and basic technique to 2) rowing in sync, to 3) the option for gaining power and strength. There are opportunities for friendly competition at the conclusion of each 5 week session!


Athletes with only one oar are sweep rowers. Sweep boats carry a coxswain (pronounced coxsin) to steer and be the coach-in-the-boat. Rowers sit either Starboard or Port.


Sculling uses two smaller oars per rower instead of the single large oar used for sweep rowing. Sculling shells and oars are smaller and lighter than larger sweep equipment.