Our Learn to Row (LTR) 100 Series Beginners' classes have evening sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays from June through early fall. These 5-week sessions include 2 weeks of specialized coaching 2 times a week and 3 weeks of team rowing with our Recreational Team. These classes are designed to give participants training at a higher level and provide a great bridge to our Masters program. For those looking for more after the initial sweep rowing class, we offer Learn To Scull 200 sessions throughout the summer as well as an Intermediate level sweep class in September. The sculling classes also provide Club members Blue or Green certification to row independently in single shells. Quick definition: Sweep rowing - each rower has one oar; Sculling - each rower has two oars.
LTR 100 Sweep Rowing
Our 100-level Learn-to-Row classes are meant for beginners with no prior rowing experience. It is also a useful refresher for those who have been off the water for several seasons! Each Learn-to-Row class learns the basics of sweep rowing in eight- and four-person rowing shells. During the 4 weeks, you will learn rowing vocabulary, care and maintenance of the boats, and rowing technique. At the culmination of the session, we will have a friendly boathouse regatta. It's a lot of fun and a great way to show off your new rowing skills. Make sure to invite your friends and family.
Regardless of your level of experience, physical fitness, body size or shape, or age (we suggest age 15 and up), you can participate in the beginner class. A crucial part of our LTR classes is the 3 week opportunity to row with our adult recreational team on Monday & Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings. Our excellent coaching will hone your skills and provide the opportunity to meet and row with some of the best people around. We are looking forward to having you in the boat!
Class size: Minimum 8, Maximum 16
Due to our nature of team rowing, we do ask that every participant make every effort to attend all class sessions. Your seat in the boat is vital to the entire boat performing at its best on the water.
*Early fall sunset may require the teams to end practice at 7:30pm
LTR 100 Coaches
Sculling uses two smaller oars per rower, instead of the single large oar used for sweep rowing. For more information on the difference between sculling and sweeping, check out New Rower/Parent Information, prepared for our novice high school athletes.
LTR 200 Sculling for Beginners
Sculling uses two oars per rower. The class is designed for beginners with little or no rowing experience as well as advanced adults who have either participated in a previous session or have prior rowing experience. Beginners will be taught sculling in recreational single shells. Participants will have opportunities for informal racing, but the intensity of all sessions will be based on the ability and desire of the participants.
Class size: Minimum 3, Maximum 5
SEPTEMBER UPDATE: Due to earlier sunsets and dropping temps, we are at the end of our sculling season. If you are interested in sculling lessons, we will have winter erg sessions and our OTW (on the water) sessions will resume in June 2023. Thanks to everyone for a wonderful sculling season!
Members: This course is designed to prepare you for the BLUE and GREEN-level certification exam.
BLUE certification requires the rower to demonstrate proficiency in handling a single scull during a river test. BLUE certification rowers are permitted to row small boats (1x, 2x or 2+), but only when a safety launch is on the water with them. BLUE rowers may also row (with other BLUE or GREEN rowers) in any large boat (4x, 4+, or 8+) without a coach necessarily being present.
GREEN certification requires the rower to demonstrate proficiency in handling a single scull during a river test; and successfully complete a ‘flip test’ on the water in a single scull. GREEN rowers have all the privileges of BLUE and are granted the additional privilege of rowing small (1x, 2x or 2+) boats (as well as large boats) without a coach.
LTR 200 Coaches
The coxswain (pronounced "cox-in") is a critical crew member in eight (8+) and four (4+) shells. A good coxswain is part captain, part navigator, part coach and part cheerleader. Whether you are interested in coxing for Adult Recreation, Masters, LTR classes or just want to become a more rounded rower, our Coxswain Clinic is for you. Learn everything you need to successfully lead a shell on the water: safety, commands, drills, navigation, equipment, feedback and leadership.
Schedule: Saturday, May 21 from 10am - 2pm
Cost: $15 for Members of GRRC, TACR and Junior rowers
We are looking forward to a great winter season of conditioning both on and off the indoor rowing machines. Due to the current restrictions and distancing regulations, all our winter conditioning will be virtual. This season, we have teamed up with RoyleRow to provide a unique and individualized plan for our adult rowers who want to work on technique, gain strength and power, and connect with other members and rowers online. Participants will need access to an indoor rower, if they choose to complete the rowing portion of the workout routine.
Dates: February - April (3 months)
Workouts: Each participant will receive weekly workouts and the links to all the team Zoom erg workouts. Weekly regimen includes indoor rowing workouts as well as off-erg weight training, cardio, etc.
LTR 300 Intermediate Sculling
This class is open only to GRRA members.
The course is designed for scullers who have either participated in a previous LTR 200-level sculling class or have other substantial sculling experience. Participants will exclusively use racing shells (and comfortably so), will learn race strategies and advanced techniques with which to maximize their efficiency and power on the water. Participants will have opportunities for informal racing, but the intensity of all sessions will be based on the ability and desire of the participants.Class size: Minimum 2, Maximum 3
Prerequisite: Members-only; LTR 200-level Sculling for Beginners, documentation of previous experience elsewhere, or coach approval
Schedule: Three sessions in one week
Shells: Double (2x), Single (1x)
Cost: $75 (members-only)
Members: This course is designed to prepare you for the green-level certification exam, which will allow you to row a racing single by yourself or any non-coxed (4x, 4-, 2-) shell with other green certified rowers, without a launch.
LTR 300 Coaches