Intro to Rowing

Rowing Programs: Intro to Rowing

For those with who are interested in crew rowing but have no prior rowing experience. The Introduction to Rowing program teaches basic rowing skills. This program attracts people from all age groups, genders, and skill levels. You’ll start by learning the basics of the rowing stroke in “the tank” at Roland Park Country School. All other sessions take place at the Boathouse at Waterview Avenue, where you’ll become familiar with the equipment, and learn the terminology.

The class is limited to eighteen students, with two coaches and coxswains, and meets for 2 hours three days a week for three weeks. Sessions will include one in a rowing tank, on water, and indoor rowing.


Mondays and Wednesdays OR Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm, depending on the session, and Saturdays at 8am. Some classes may be rescheduled due to conflicts with regattas and other events.

Prerequisites and Requirements

No prior rowing experience required but for safety, rowers should be able to lift, hold, and carry a 20lb weight and to perform knee bends which will be required to safely carry and place the boat in the water.  Rowers must be 17 years of age, unless accompanied by a guardian.  Rowers in the 9th grade and up are encouraged to participate in Baltimore Rowing Club’s Juniors program.

In order to get the full rowing experience, rowers are strongly encouraged to attend each class, however rowers MUST attend the session at the rowing tank and first week of class.

Registration and Fees

$200 for 10 sessions over three weeks.  Refunds minus $50 for cancellations seven days prior to the start of the first class.  No refunds after the start of the first class.

Session I – 2014

Starts: Saturday, June 14th – tank session at Roland Park County School

Ends: Saturday, July 5th

$200 • Register


Session II – 2014

Starts: Saturday, August 2nd – with tank session at Roland Park County School

Ends: Thursday, August 21st

$200 • Register


Please note that the first class of each session is at the tank (indoor rowing facility) at Roland Park Country School.

Roland Park County School

5207 Roland Avenue Baltimore, MD, 21210

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How many people register for each class?

We limit each class size to 18 people. This allows for appropriate training and learning. Each class is a mix of various age groups from both genders. Each class also has varying degrees of athletic abilities and fitness.

How many times a week do you meet?

Introduction to Rowing classes meet three times a week.

Where does the class meet?

All classes meet at the boathouse, with the exception of the first class for each of the Intro to Rowing sessions, which meets at the tank at Roland Park Country School. The address for the boathouse is: 3301 Waterview Ave, Baltimore, Maryland, 21230. Ample free parking is available on site. When attending practices, please walk around the base of the building and enter the boathouse through side of the building facing the water.

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What if I am unable to attend all the days in a week, or have to miss a few days?

Because a lot of important information is conveyed the first week, all attendees are required to attend the session at the rowing tank and first week of class. After that we encourage people to attend as many as possible to provide for continuum of learning. The skill-sets are learned by repetition and a few days missed in between will not drastically affect your learning but the more classes you can attend the better.

What do I need to bring for the first day of class?

All rowing equipment — oars, boats, etc. — will be provided by the club.

The following items are recommended:

  • T-shirts, shorts, and a good pair of socks; moisture-wicking fabrics are the best choice.
  • Shoes or sandals. The boats are equipped with rowing shoes; your own shoes are taken off and stored in the boat while rowing.
  • A bottle of water or sport drink for hydration.
  • Any medications you need, especially inhalers.
  • Gym bag, to store belongings, an extra set of socks and clothes, etc.
  • Small lock to keep your belongings secured in our lockers.

The first class will also provide further details on what you can and cannot bring.

What are my options after completing Intro?

After the sessions are completed, Intro to Rowing graduates are encouraged to sign up for our Intermediate Rowing program. This program is geared towards further skill building for sweep rowing and to introduce sculling.

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Useful Information for the New Rower

Glossary of Rowing Terms PDF

Shell and Oar Nomenclature PDF

Rowing Machine (ie Erg) Exercises Video

How to do a Rowing Stroke Exercise on an Erg Video

Baltimore Rowing Club Scratch Regatta, Summer 2011