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New to Rowing?
LGRC offers a rich variety of programs and support for both sweep rowing (one oar per rower) and sculling (two oars per rower). These programs are designed to meet the needs of participants at all skill levels, including first-timers.  While LGRC’s sweep programs are oriented around competitive events (regattas), sculling is equally enjoyed as a recreational, training or competitive form of rowing.

Sweep rowing can be in a 2, 4 or 8 person shell.  Find a detailed description of sweep rowing here Sweep rowing.   Check out our videos of practice for the LGRC men and women masters in the coached sweep program. 

Adult Learn To Row
It's fun and no experience is required to take this sweep-rowing class!  All ages (over 18) and all abilities are welcome, although you must be able to swim and lift 30 lbs overhead.  Classes begin with learning basic rowing stroke technique on Concept 2 indoor rowing machines.  You'll learn important boat and equipment handling, and the fundamentals of water safety and then will take to the water in an 8-person shell.   This is the perfect introduction to rowing and is a pre-requisite to joining the Novice Coached Program. Class participants are invited to try out the Novice Coached Program at no charge for one month after completing Learn-To-Row.   For more information about Learn To Row, please contact Molly Rhine at
2017 Class Schedule

Each session costs $200 and consists of 4 classes; 9am-noon each day.  

Session 1 - May 6, 7, 13 & 14  
Session 2 - June 10, 11, 17 & 18
Session 3 - July 22, 23, 29 & 30
Session 4 - August 12, 13, 19 & 20   

Adult Novice Program  

Tuesday, Thursday, 5:30 - 7:30am,  Saturday, 6:00 - 8:00am

This co-ed coached program is for rowers who have recently completed a Learn to Row program, either at LGRC or another club.  It's also good for those who may have very limited rowing experience or are coming back into the sport after a long hiatus.  Participants row in boats with 4 to 8 rowers.  Its focus includes fundamentals of rowing technique, fitness training, strength and endurance training as well as injury prevention.  Participants in this program will receive the most complete rowing experience offered at LGRC including competing in local regattas, team bonding, and an understanding of rowing as an international sport, lifestyle and culture.  Rowers typically train and compete at the novice level for 1-2 years.  Following their novice year, athletes may become eligible to tryout for the advanced competitive sweep programs.  Club membership and program fee required.  For more information on our novice coached program please contact Coach Brittany at

Adult Learn To Scull Program - $250
Times arranged with Sculling Staff
Contact Melissa Harper at e-mail:

Sculling (2 oars) offers the flexibility of rowing in a single or in a shell with up to 4 rowers (quad).   This program is for those who are new to rowing and would like to learn to scull through a series of private lessons with a personal instructor.  The program will teach all of the basics of sculling, including equipment handling, safety, basic stroke technique and on the water experience in a single shell.  The program includes four instructional lessons and one checkout session.  A 3-month provisional LGRC membership is included.  Annual club membership fees will be pro-rated from the expiration date of the provisional membership.   Participants who finish the Learn to Scull program and wish to continue to scull are required to complete a specific number of training hours on the water, dunk test and steering competency.  


Interested in rowing now?  A glimpse into the sport of rowing created by an LGRC member.