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Learn-to-Row Classes

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

Adult |  Junior |  Para Rowing | Tips for Learn-to-Row

Read the Learn to Row Manual

Questions? Email rowing@halifaxrowing.ca!


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. No refunds will be offered within 48 hours of the program start date.

LTR participants will be sitting in boats with small groups of other participants, without social distancing - all NS Public Health Regulations & Guidelines are followed during these classes.

All Adult Learn-to-Row Classes run 6:00pm-8:00pm.

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.

Once you have completed your Learn-to-Row Class, you can register for the Adult First Year Program, where you will have the chance to row in crews with other new members, and will have dedicated coaching at each of the sessions to help you continue to develop the skills learned in your Learn-to-Row Class.

Adult Learn-to-Row Schedule

Session 3: June 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 (T & Th) | 6:00-8:00pm

Session 4: June 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 (M & W) | 6:00-8:00pm

Session 5: July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21 (M & W) | 6:00-8:00pm

Session 6: July 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22 (T &Th) | 6:00-8:00pm

Session 7: July 26, 28, August 4, 9, 11, 16 (M & W) | 6:00-8:00pm

Session 8: July 27, 29, August 3, 5, 10, 12 (T & Th) | 6:00-8:00pm

Session 9: August 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, September 1 (M & W) | 6:00-8:00pm


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 First Year Program, to row at the Club for the rest of the season.

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.

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.

Once you have completed your Learn-to-Row Class, you can register for the Junior First Year Program, where you will have the chance to row in crews with other new members, and will have dedicated coaching at each of the sessions to help you continue to develop the skills learned in your Learn-to-Row Class.

Junior Learn-to-Row Schedule


Sessions are 9:30-11:30am 

Session 1: Monday – Thursday 9:30-11:30am; July 5-8

Session 2: Monday – Thursday 9:30-11:30am; July 12-15

Session 3: Monday – Thursday 9:30-11:30am; July 19-22

Session 4: Monday – Thursday 9:30-11:30am; July 26-29

Session 5: Monday – Thursday 9:30-11:30am; August 9-12

Session 6: Monday – Thursday 9:30-11:30am; August 16-19


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, bow-seat or coxswain).

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

Classes are arranged individually, to inquire or enrol in para-rowing learn-to-row, please contact Holly Davy


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.


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