Learn to Row

There are 2 “styles” of rowing: scull and sweep. The rowing motion, terminology, and equipment is largely the same between them, so students who start with one usually find it easy to pick up the other. We offer entry level scull and sweep rowing classes that teach from the very first time someone touches an oar… students don’t have to have any prior rowing experience to be able to join either class.

  • Learn to Scull: Sculling is rowing a boat with 2 oars per person. Learn to Scull classes use beginning-level rowing shells with 1 rower per shell.
  • Learn to Sweep: Sweeping is rowing in a boat with 1 oar per person. Boats need to have an even number of rowers in them. Lean to Sweep classes utilize multi-person boats where rowers practice on the water alongside experienced rowers.

After each of our learn to row classes, adult rowers are entitled to 3 “freebie” rows coordinated with coaches, captains, and other club members to share what OAR has to offer! Learn more about the steps after a Learn to Row class here.

Questions? Contact LTR@OlympiaAreaRowing.org

2023 Learn to Scull Classes

We plan on offering 10 Learn to Scull classes in 2023. Each class can accommodate 6 individual, adult students (with a minimum of 3 students to run the class as planned). The cost for each student is $225. In the instance that weather keeps us off of the water (eg: smoke, fog, wind, seals on the dock) and we have to cancel a session for safety, we’ve planned 1 make-up session for each class to be used in the instance of a session being cancelled.

ClassDatesTimesMake-Up Day
Learn to Scull #1March 24-26,
April 1-2
F 6:30p – 8:00p
Sa/Su 8:00a – 10:00a
Monday, April 3
6:30p – 8:30p
Learn to Scull #2April 21-23,
April 29-30
F 6:30p – 8:00p
Sa/Su 8:00a – 10:00a
Monday, May 1
6:30p – 8:30p
Learn to Scull #3May 8-12M 8:00a – 9:30a
T-F 8:00a – 10:00a
Saturday, May 13
8:00a – 10:00a
Learn to Scull #4May 22-26M 8:00a – 9:30a
T-F 8:00a – 10:00a
Saturday, May 27
8:00a – 10:00a
Learn to Scull #5June 5-9M 8:00a – 9:30a
T-F 8:00a – 10:00a
Saturday, June 10
8:00a – 10:00a
Learn to Scull #6June 12-16M 8:00a – 9:30a
T-F 8:00a – 10:00a
Saturday, June 17
8:00a – 10:00a
Learn to Scull #7July 7-9,
July 15-16
F 6:30p – 8:00p
Sa/Su 8:00a – 10:00a
Monday, July 17
6:30p – 8:30p
Learn to Scull #8July 21-23,
July 29-30
F 6:30p – 8:00p
Sa/Su 8:00a – 10:00a
Monday, July 31
6:30p – 8:30p
Learn to Scull #9August 11-13,
August 19-20
F 6:30p – 8:00p
Sa/Su 8:00a – 10:00a
Monday, August 21
6:30p – 8:30p
Learn to Scull #10August 21-25M 8:00a – 9:30a
T-F 8:00a – 10:00a
Saturday, August 26
8:00a – 10:00a

Learn to Scull

Bobrowing

In this 5-session class, students learn how to handle the shells, basic rowing technique, and safety. The first session is an introduction to rowing on the indoor rowing machine with on-water safety information. The following four days of class involve on-water training with water safety tests at the very end of the class.

Sculling classes are limited to 4 rowers to ensure positive, productive, and empowering experiences for all. Spots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learn to Sweep

Learn to Sweep focuses on basic sweep rowing technique, teamwork, and rowing safety. Students practice on the water alongside experienced volunteers to ensure the utmost in safety.