Learn-to-Row Classes

Click on a link below to see more information on HRC's different Learn-to-Row Classes!

Para Rowing     Come Back to Rowing     Adult     Junior    College/University (Summer)      University (Fall)     Tips for Learn-to-Row


View the Current 2017 Learn-to-Row Schedules:      Adult   Junior

New Learn-to-Row Classes will be scheduled throughout the summer.  Check the schedule for dates and times. Classes are fill up fast so sign up today!

Halifax Rowing Club is pleased to offer a selection of Learn-to-Row classes throughout the rowing season, starting in May and continuing on until August or early September. Check the Learn-to-Row Schedule, and check back often for updates!

Read the Learn to Row Manual


Para Rowing Learn-to-Row Classes
This program teaches people over 14 years old who have a disability how to row.  We have the equipment and trained volunteers that can make rowing on the Northwest Arm a reality for athletes with disabilities.  We row on the ocean and the safety of all rowers and equipment is a primary concern. As such, to take part in our Para-Rowing Learn-to-Row classes athletes must be able to:

  • Climb two flights of stairs. There is a good hand rail but we do not currently have wheelchair access to the water.
  • Swim at least 50 metres. Since we row on the water there is always the possibility of tipping.  All rowers wear personal flotation devices (PFDs) and need to be able to don them when in the water.
  • Follow commands.When learning to row, rowers are coached, which involves instructions about body movement, boat handling, crew interaction and safety. Once you are rowing, to work with a crew, you must follow the commands of the leader (the coach, bowseat or coxswain).

For more information about para-rowing see Rowing Canada's Para-Rowing information page.

Classes are arranged individually, to inquire or enroll in para-rowing learn-to-row, please contact Katherine Harman


Adult Learn-to-Row 
Over 12 hours of instruction (6 – 2 hour sessions), adults 19 or older as of January 1st of the current year, will learn the basic skills of sweep rowing (each rower has one oar) and sculling (each rower has two oars). Participants will leave with a good understanding of rowing equipment, rowing balance, basic sweep and sculling techniques, proper grips, boat handling and safety procedures, rowing shell steering, and how to leave / enter the dock area.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Payment must be received in order to reserve your space in the boat (limit 8 people per class). Classes run rain or shine!

See our other tips for learn to row participants here!

NOTE: A minimum of 4 people per class is needed for a class to run

At the end of each class, we will hold a row-all where the participants from one LTR class will have a chance to have fun and row with other HRC members. This event will typically be held on the Sunday at the end of the two week class period (8-10 am or 10-noon).

Note: Classes will run rain or shine. Classes may be cancelled due to rough water / wind conditions. If it is known in advance that a class will be cancelled efforts will be made to contact all participants to notify them. Cancelled classes will be rescheduled.

2017 Adult Learn-to-Row Sessions will run from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Session 1: May 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17
Session 2: May 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18
Session 3: May 22, 24, 29, 31, June 5, 7
Session 4: May 23, 25, 30, June 1, 6, 8
Session 5: June 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
Session 6: June 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
Session 7: July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
Session 8: July 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
Session 9: Aug 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
Session 10: Aug 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31


Come Back to Rowing Refresher
This 4 hour class is designed for people who really want to come back to rowing! We know you miss it so why not come and take this course to renew your love of being out on the water and to refresh your rowing skills!

This class is designed for anyone who is wants to get back into rowing but would like to have someone review their rowing technique before joining HRCs Rec / Fitness or Competitive Programs.

The class is open to Juniors or Adults who took HRCs learn-to-row classes up to three years prior to the current rowing season but didn't continue to row for whatever reason and to anyone who rowed regularly, either as a recreational or competitive rower (junior or adult), any time in the past few years but for whatever reason has not been able to keep it up.

2017 Come Back to Rowing Class Schedule will be announced shortly

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Payment must be received in order to reserve your space in the boat (limit 8 people per class). Classes run rain or shine!

See our other tips for learn to row participants here!


Junior Learn-to-Row

Over four sessions (8 hrs. of instruction), youth (aged 13-18 as of January 1st of the current year) will learn the basic skills of sculling in Olympic-style shells on the beautiful Northwest Arm. At the completion of this class, graduates may register in the Junior Program, to row at the Club for the rest of the season.

See our other tips for learn to row participants here!

2017 Junior Learn-to-Row Schedule
Note: Sessions 1-4 run from 4-6 pm. Sessions 5-8 run from 9-11 am.

Session 1: Monday & Wednesday 4-6 PM; May 8, 10, 15, 17
Session 2: Tuesday & Thursday 4-6 PM; May 23, 25, 30, June 1
Session 3: Monday & Wednesday 4-6 PM; June 5, 7, 12, 14
Session 4: Tuesday & Thursday 4-6 PM; June 20, 22, 27, 29
Session 5: Monday thru Thursday 9-11 AM; July 10, 11, 12, 13
Session 6: Monday thru Thursday 9-11 AM; July 17, 18, 19, 20
Session 7: Monday thru Thursday 9-11 AM; July 24, 25, 26, 27
Session 8: Monday thru Thursday 9-11 AM; August 14, 15, 16, 17

College/University Learn-to-Row (Summer)

The College/University Learn-to-Row (LTR) Sessions consist of 9 hours of instruction over 6 classes and is open to all college and university students in the area. Students will learn the basic skills of sculling (each rower has two oars) and sweep rowing (each rower has one oar). Participants will leave with a good understanding of rowing equipment, balance, proper grip, boat handling, safety procedures, steering and knowledge of how to leave/enter the dock area. Classes run rain or shine. Upon completion of one of the College/University LTR Sessions, participants may register for the Adult 1st Year Rowing Program. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.

(College/University students are also welcome to register for the Adult LTR Classes)

College/University LTR sessions run from 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Session 1: May 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18
Session 2: June 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
Session 3: July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
Session 4: July 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

University Learn-to-Row (Fall)
Dalhousie Class 1: Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Dalhousie Class 2: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-6:30pm.

All University Learn-to-Row classes start September, 2017.

This year the university Learn-to-Row program has expanded to include multiple universities from the Halifax area. Any and all university students are invited to register for our Learn-to-Row program to acquire the skills and knowledge for this fantastic sport! Whether your end goals are just to have fun or compete, rowing is a sport that can be enjoyed by all.  No experience necessary!

For more detailed information on the Dalhousie University Learn-to-Row classes please see:  Dal Learn-to-Row

With sweep rowing, each person has one oar. Participants will leave with a good understanding of rowing equipment, rowing balance, basic sweep rowing technique, and proper grip. In the class you will learn to row in an eight oared shell or four oared shell. The session includes the twice weekly on the water instruction time / practices and a 500 m sprint race on Lake Banook during the Really Chili Regatta.


Tips for Learn-to-Row Participants

First, dress appropriately. We recommend that you dress in layers, so that you are warm during the beginning of the class and can remove layers as needed throughout the lesson. We also recommend that you wear clothes that are close fitting. Baggy shirts and pants can get caught in the slide (i.e. under your seat) and on your oar as you row. Wear warm socks! Also wear sneakers or sturdy footwear as you will be carrying boats. Classes are held rain or shine; however, if your class is cancelled it will be re-scheduled.

Second, bring water and a snack. We recommend that you bring water and a snack.

Third, come early to your lesson. Since getting the boats onto the water takes time, it is a good idea to show up to your lesson approximately 10 minutes early. This will give you time to stretch and begin to get the boat onto the water so that you can maximize your time spent on the water.

Lastly, enjoy yourself! This is a great way to meet new people while learning a great sport. Many of our members have been rowing for years, and even decades. It is a sport that can be enjoyed by people with all competitive aspirations. Our members range from strictly recreational to somewhat competitive to competitive. If you are interested in racing (and yes, you can race this year!), please don’t hesitate to talk to your coach. They will give you direction as to what you can do.