Introduction to Rowing

Course cost –  $220 for 2 weeks, 2 sessions per week.

Ready to try rowing? Austin Rowing Club’s Introduction to Rowing (ITR) course is the place to start.

Learn how to scull over 2 weeks. This course will introduce you to sculling in a single. You will learn how to stay safe on the water, the basics of the rowing stroke and how to handle rowing equipment. Upon completion of the course you will be a level 1 rower. Even if you have no rowing experience, this is the place for you.

Note : Courses are currently limited to 4 rowers. Sweep rowing classes are currently on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Looking for junior rowing, go here.

More About Rowing

There are two ways to row, sweep and scull. Sweep rowing involves the classic long boats with eight rowers and a helmsman, known as the coxswain, calling out commands and steering. Each rower has one long oar, held with both hands. Sculling involves smaller boats known as singles, doubles and quads where each rower has two oars. You can learn more about the differences between sweep and scull here.

What You’ll Learn

The ITR course is designed to get you on the water and rowing. Course topics include rowing safety, equipment handling, terminology and of course rowing technique! Participants learn to row in our modern fleet of boats and all equipment is provided. ARC has a professional coaching staff that will teach you the basics of rowing so you can feel confident on the water. ARC members also volunteer in the boat with you so you can learn from rowers with on-the-water experience. From the dock to the lake, our instructors are with you every step of the way. After completing the ITR course, you will be eligible to join our Masters Novice Program.

What You’ll Need to Bring

Participants should wear comfortable but tight fitting clothing, such as cycling shorts or long leggings and athletic tops. Loose fitting clothing is not recommended because it may become tangled in the rowing equipment. Our boats have built-in shoes, so you can wear sandals, tennis shoes or other footwear to class but you need to bring socks. Bring an extra pair of socks with you in case yours get wet or you need extra cushion. In hot weather, use sunscreen, hats or visors. In cool weather, wear layers of close-fitting garments. Always bring water in non-breakable bottles to your course – you will have water breaks throughout the course. Austin Rowing Club has complete locker room facilities with showers so you can charge before or after class if necessary.

Attendance, Cancellation and Refunds

Attendance at all sessions is very important. Please contact us if your schedule changes, it may be possible to apply your fee to another class, depending on availability.  However, Austin Rowing Club does NOT provide refunds for any reason.


Classes always meet at the scheduled time! In case of inclement weather, a video presentation or land workout will replace the rowing. We will row in light rain, provided other conditions are favorable.

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