Learn to Row

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Learn to Row Days

2024 Learn to Row Days: June 1, July 6, and August 10 (9:00am-12:00pm)

Learn to Row Days are great opportunities to experience rowing on The Grand River. Our LTR days are free and open to the public. No registration is needed; just come on down. Our August Learn To Row day coincides with Comstock Park’s Mill Creek Days. Enjoy the events in Comstock Park and come to row on Saturday morning. 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

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 novice competition* during each 5-week session!

Sessions are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 8pm. For the 5 week session, each LTR boat will be with a dedicated LTR coach and coxswain. Following the class, we highly encourage new rowers to join the club and row with our more experienced rowers. Each session is held at our boathouse in Grand Rapids, and participants are optionally able to experience racing in a regatta in Ann Arbor, Traverse City, or our very own home course. Although it is very uncommon for a sweep boat to tip, every rower should have a high respect for the water. We encourage everyone who rows to be able to at least tread water.

JUNE SESSION: June 3 – July 3 – *Michigan Club Invitational: July 20 (Ann Arbor)

JULY SESSION: July 8 – August 7 – *Beer City Sprints: August 3 (Grand Rapids)

AUGUST SESSION: August 12 – September 11 – *Henley on the Boardman: September 14 (Traverse City)

Cost is $220

Learn to Scull

Sculling is a great way to experience river rowing on your terms. Rowers who scull use 2 oars. Our sculling lessons take place in singles (1x) on The Grand River. Participants assist each other in carrying oars and boats to/from the dock. While learning to scull, don’t be surprised if the boat tips over. Coaches give detailed and safe instructions for getting back in the boat. Each session includes 8 hours of water instruction; typically 4 2-hour sessions. Once registered for the session, the club will connect you with a coach. For safety and focused instruction, each 8-hour session is limited to 3 participants. The club’s contact coach is Julie at [email protected]. Register here, and then Julie will assist in helping schedule your sessions. Register with a buddy (or 2) and get a discounted price!

It is not uncommon for new scullers to tip out of their boat so every rower should have a high respect for the water. We encourage everyone who rows to be able to at least tread water.

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Athletes with only one oar are sweep rowers. Sweep boats carry a coxswain (pronounced cox-in) to steer and be the coach-in-the-boat. Rowers sit either Starboard or Port. Typically, sweep boats carry either 4 or 8 rowers.


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. Typically, there is no coxswain in a sculling boat. The bow rower steers.