Learn to Row 2017

2017 Learn to Row classes are now available! Check out our sculling Learn to Row classes: LTR1 & LTR Next Strokes. We also have a sweep Learn to Row class! Find out more information below!

LWRC will be offering a variety of learn to row opportunities for adults from a two-part Learn to Row series, an 8-week Learn to Row Sweep program, and Private Lessons. Not sure which class to take or need guidance preparing for your first class? Check out our FAQ page. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate in a Learn to Row program at LWRC. If you are in grades 7-12, you can participate in our Program for Juniors. If you have additional questions about Learn to Row email LWRC Learn to Row…

Lake Washington Rowing Club reserves the right to modify or cancel classes due to low enrollment.

Learn to Row 1


Learn to Row 1 is for the beginner to learn the basics of rowing and proper technique while rowing in stable single-person boats, called a wherry. Class runs 2 weeks and meets 3 times per week for 2 hours per session. Small class size and individualized attention distinguish LTR at LWRC. Class limited to 6 students. It is important to attend all of the classes to progress with your fellow rowers. You must attend the first 3 classes. If you think you are unable to do so, we recommend you sign up for a different class.

Sign the LWRC waiver, the USRowing Waiver and complete a float test. In lieu of a float test, if you are a CURRENT Lifeguard or Water Safety Instructor (WSI) or you have a SCUBA Certification Card, you may submit a copy of the appropriate certification to LWRC.  Please bring signed documents to the first day of class or email to LWRC Office.  LWRC & USRowing Waivers and Float Test Forms…

Price for Each Class: $120

Coach: Brooke McCulloch
Practice Dates: Aug. 8 – Aug. 20
Practice Times: Tue & Thu, 6:30a-8:30a, and Sun, 8:30a-10:30a

Coach: TBD
Practice Dates: Sept. 5 – Sept. 14 (AM Class)
Practice Times: Tue, Wed, & Thu, 6:30a-8:30a

Coach: TBD
Practice Dates: Sept. 12 – Sept. 21 (PM Class)
Practice Times: Tue, Wed, & Thu, 6:30p-8:15p

Coach: TBD
Practice Dates: Oct. 10 – Oct. 22
Practice Times: Tue & Thu, 6:30a-8:30a, and Sun, 8:30a-10:30a

Learn to Row Sweep


Learn to Row Sweep is open for everyone! If you’ve never rowed before, are wanting to learn, and be part of a team, this is a great opportunity for you. If you’ve only sculled and have never done sweep rowing, this is a great opportunity to row with only one oar! This program will only focus on sweep rowing, work on the basics, and fine tuning the skills of being in a team boat. There will also be times that the class will mix with current LWRC members to enhance the experience.

The class will row in 8s and 4s. Class is limited to 10 people. Students are strongly encouraged to come to all classes to continue to progress in a timely manner. Missing a class or two is understandable due to work, family, or other obligations, just let the coach know beforehand.

If you’ve never rowed before at LWRC, please complete the LWRC Waiver, USRowing Waiver, and LWRC Float test before your first day. You can either e-mail your completed forms to the Office or bring them your first day of class.

Price for non-LWRC members: $240
Price for LWRC members: $180

Fall Session
Amy Hildebrandt & Brooke McCulloch
Practice Dates: Sept 6 – Nov 1
Practice Times: Mon & Wed, 6:00p-8:00p and Sat, 8:30a-10:30a

Learn to Row Next Strokes


Learn to Row Next Strokes (formerly Learn to Row 2) builds on the sculling fundamentals and technique learned in LTR 1. Students concentrate on balance, the addition of power to the stroke, gaining confidence, and safety.We have a large fleet of training and open water boats for use by novice rowers include Maas and Bay rowing shells. LTR1 graduates will continue to the Next Strokes program for a month or potentially longer.

LTR NS is open to members and non-members alike. You can also drop in any time during the Summer. Pick and choose your schedule and determine which classes you want to attend.

Rowers are encouraged to begin the transition from the Next Strokes program to the other LWRC programs when they have demonstrated the basic understanding of the rowing stroke and have communicated with the NS coach, as well as the coach of the program they wish to join.

You may participate by purchasing Next Strokes pricing option, a 1-month trial member, or a full member of LWRC. The Next Strokes pricing option is set up for individuals not sure if they want to become full members yet but wish to continue rowing at LWRC. Questions? Contact the LWRC Office.

Prerequisite: Learn to Row 1 or equivalent
Price: $180

Summer Session
Coaches: Teddi McGuire (Tuesdays AM), Ron Lorentsen (Tuesday PM) & Hugh Lade (Thursdays & Sundays)
Practice Dates: Jun. 4 – Jul. 30
Practice Times: Tue & Thu, 6:30a-8:30a; Tue, 6:30p-8:15p; and Sun, 7:30a-9:30a

Private Coaching

lwrclogoMany of the LWRC coaches are available for private coaching sessions. Hire one of our expert coaches for a solo lesson. Private lessons are available for beginners as well as experienced rowers looking to improve their skills. Once you purchase a private lesson, you will be contacted by an LWRC coach to arrange a time for your session. If you have a coach preference, please contact the LWRC Office . You do not need to be a member of LWRC to take a private lesson. However, you do need to complete a float test and sign the LWRC and USRowing waivers before your first lesson. Waiver and Float Test Forms

Coaches: Theresa Batty, Hugh Lade, Amy Hildebrandt
Practice Time: TBD with your coach

Private Lesson for 1 or 2 LWRC Member: $70 per 90-minute session Register
Private Lesson for 1 or 2 Non-Member: $80 per 90-minute session Register


Learn to Row Refund Policy

Cancellation up to 7 days prior to the first class will receive a full refund. Cancellation within 7 days of the first class will not receive a full refund unless your spot can be filled. If your spot is not filled, you will receive credit toward a future LTR class. Cancellation within 24 hours of the first class will not receive a refund or a credit. Questions? Please contact LWRC Office