Community wellness through rowing

2017 Winter Erg Training

Rowing on the ergometer is a great way to stay in shape, practice the rowing stroke, and keep at the top of your game during the winter months. “Erging" is also great for learning the rowing stroke before rowing on the water. Personalized instruction is provided in each session, which is good for beginners, intermediate or advanced rowers. No prior experience is required.

Learn to master the erg in this 3-week class. Jump start your erg skills before the spring rowing season or learn to master the erg at the gym. We will focus on proper erg technique, the slide, the catch, the drive and recovery, strength training, stroke rates and improving your “split time”. Two 3-week classes are offered in the morning or evening sessions. Register for any individual class or take both back-to-back to level-up your erg game.

$40 (Public), $35 (GRRA members).
Classes are available to the public, you do not need to be a Grand Rapids Rowing member or 8th Day Gym member to participate.

Erg Training Evening 1
Mondays and Wednesday 7-8 p.m.
January 16 to February 1
Instructor: Renee Zuidema


Erg Training Morning 1
Tuesdays and Thursday 6-7 a.m.
January 17 to February 2
Instructor: Angie Wooden


Erg Training Evening 2
Monday and Wednesday 7-8 p.m.
February 6 to 22
Instructor: Renee Zuidema

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Erg Training Morning 2
Tuesdays and Thursday 6-7 a.m.
February 7 to 23
Instructor: Angie Wooden

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Erg Training Morning 3
Tuesdays and Thursday 6-7 a.m.
February 28 to March 16
Instructor: Angie Wooden
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2017 Learn to Row Classes

2017 LTR classes on the water will be posted in March, with classes starting in April.

2016 Learn to Row Classes

We are pleased to present our 2016 Learn to Row class schedule. LTR 100 Beginning Sweep Rowing class is now offered in morning and evening sessions. LTR 200 Intermediate Sweep rowing class introduces new rowers to regatta competition and provides a great bridge to our Masters program. We are pleased to offer an expanded series of free coxswain classes!

Sweep Rowing Classes

In sweep rowing, each rower uses a single oar. All adult beginners start with sweep rowing. These courses emphasize enjoying the sport, developing excellent basic technique, getting a low-impact, full-body workout, and working well with crew mates. After completing the 100 level class, the world of rowing is open to you!

LTR 100 Beginning 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. There are also opportunities for friendly competition at the conclusion of each beginner course, at a mini-Regatta coupled with a cookout we call "Boats, Beers, and Burgers". 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... it's Friday after the class!

Regardless of your level of experience, physical fitness, body size or shape, or age (we suggest age 13 and up), you can participate in the beginner class. We have had rowers successfully complete and enjoy learn to row sessions who were 14 years old, 85 years old, 90 pounds, 320 pounds, missing a limb, on oxygen (with a tank), blind, etc.

Class size: Minimum 8, Maximum 16
Prerequisite: None
Shells: Eights (8+) and Fours (4+)
Cost: $145 (non-members), $115 (members)

Our Learn to Row 100 classes are offered in two formats, 6-week classes or weekend clinic plus flexible rowing.

Traditional 6-week classes schedule

  • Twice weekly structured classes for six weeks
  • Friday regatta during final week

Weekend Clinic + Flexible Rowing

Our LTR Weekend Clinic is designed for learning on a your schedule. Start with a compressed burst of learning in one weekend. Over the following four weeks, join our Learn to Row classes on Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu or Adult Recreation on Mon/Wed/Sat as your schedule permits. We suggest rowing twice a week. However, you can row as many times as you like. On the last Friday of the fourth week, join all LTR classes for Boats, Beers and Burgers mini-regatta.

  • Weekend Clinic Sat/Sun Noon to 3 pm
  • Row on your schedule for 4 weeks Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu 6-8 pm or Sat 8-10 am
  • Friday regatta during final week

LTR 100 Coaches

# Register Sessions Dates Coach
LTR 101 Closed 6-weeks Mon/Wed 9:00 - 11:00 AM 4/11 - 5/20 Julie
LTR 102 Closed 6-weeks Mon/Wed 6:00 - 8:00 PM
4/11 - 5/20 Amy
LTR 103 Closed 6-weeks Tue/Thu 6:00 - 8:00 PM 4/12 - 5/20 Julie
LTR 104 Closed 6-weeks Mon/Wed 6:00 - 8:00 PM 6/6 - 7/15 David
LTR 105 Closed 6-weeks Tue/Thu 6:00 - 8:00 PM 6/7 - 7/15 Renee
LTR 111 Closed Weekend Sat/Sun Noon - 3:00 PM   6/18 - 6/19  
LTR 106 Closed 6-weeks Mon/Wed 6:00 - 8:00 PM 7/18 - 8/26
LTR 107 Closed 6-weeks Tue/Thu 6:00 - 8:00 PM 7/19 - 8/26 Amy/Renee
LTR 112 Closed Weekend Sat/Sun Noon - 3:00 PM 7/30 - 7/31 
LTR 108 Closed 6-weeks Mon/Wed 5:30 - 7:30 PM 9/12 - 10/21 Julie/David
LTR 109 Closed 6-weeks Tue/Thu 9:00 - 11:00 AM 9/13 - 10/21 Rob
LTR 110 Closed 6-weeks Tue/Thu 5:30 - 7:30 PM 9/13 - 10/21
LTR 113  Closed Weekend Sat/Sun Noon - 3:00 PM 9/24 - 9/25  Greg 

LTR 200 Intermediate Sweep Rowing

Our 200-level intermediate sweep classes supplement the experience gained in the Learn to Row course, focusing on perfecting rowing technique, building speed, and racing. Using these skills and working together as a team, students will participate in an official area regatta!

LTR 200 is a great bridge to Masters competitive rowing. Students can register for multiple LTR 200 sessions.

Class size: Minimum 4, Maximum 8
Prerequisite: 100-level Learn-to-Row class, documentation of previous experience elsewhere or permission of the coach
Schedule: Twice weekly 6 - 8 p.m. for four weeks with weekend regatta
Shells: Eights (8+), Fours (4+) and Pairs (2-)
Cost: $135 (non-members), $110 (members)

Adult Recreation vs. Intermediate Sweep Rowing

The recreational rowing program focuses on enjoyment, a good workout, and camaraderie with fellow members. The intermediate course is more focused on perfecting technique and building speed, and is appropriate for those wishing to continue formal instruction and/or seeking to compete in the future. Members are welcome to participate in both adult recreation and Intermediate sweep rowing class.

LTR 200 Coaches

# Register Sessions Dates Regatta Coach
LTR 204 Closed Mon/Wed 9:00  - 11:00 AM 6/1 - 6/22 6/25 Grand Regatta, Grand Rapids Sydney
LTR 201 Closed Tue/Thu 6:00 - 8:00 PM 5/31 - 6/23 6/25 Grand Regatta, Grand Rapids Sydney
LTR 202 Closed
Mon/Wed 6:00 - 8:00 PM 6/27 - 7/20* 7/23 Michigan Club Invitational, Ann Arbor Sydney
LTR 205 Closed Tue/Thu 9:00 - 11:00 AM 6/28 - 7/21 7/23 Michigan Club Invitational, Ann Arbor Sydney
LTR 203 Closed Tue/Thu 6:00 - 8:00 PM 7/26 - 8/18 8/20 Capital City Sprints, Lansing Sydney

* No class on July 4th

Sculling Classes

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 300 Sculling for Beginners

Sculling uses two oars per rower. The class is designed for beginners as well as advanced adults who have either participated in a previous session or have 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
Prerequisite: 100-level Learn to Row, documentation of previous experience elsewhere, or coach approval
Schedule: Three sessions in one week
Shells: Quad (4x), Double (2x), Single (1x)
Cost: $60 (non-members), $45 (members)

Members: This course is designed to prepare you for the blue-level certification exam, which will allow you to row any recreational single by yourself or any coxed (8+, 4+, 4x) shell with other blue/green certified rowers, without a launch.

LTR 300 Coaches

# Register Sessions Dates Coach
LTR 301 Closed Tue/Thu/Sat 5/31, 6/2, 6/4 Rob
LTR 302 Closed Tue/Thu/Sat 6/14, 6/16, 6/18 Elizabeth
LTR 303 Closed Tue/Thu/Sat 7/19, 7/21, 7/23 Andy
LTR 304 ClosedTue/Thu/Sat 8/2, 8/4, 8/6 Rob
LTR 305 Closed Tue/Thu/Sat 9/13, 9/15, 9/17

LTR 400 Intermediate Sculling

This class is open only to GRRA members.

The course is designed for scullers who have either participated in a previous LTR 300 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 300 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 400 Coaches

# Register Sessions Dates Coach
LTR 401 Closed Tue/Thu/Sat 6/28, 6/30, 7/2 Elizabeth
LTR 402 Closed Tue/Thu/Sat 8/9, 8/11, 8/13

LTC 100 Learn to Coxswain

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 Learn to Coxswain class is for you. Learn everything you need to successfully lead a shell on the water: safety, commands, drills, navigation, equipment, feedback and leadership.

Prerequisite: LTR 100 or prior rowing experience recommended, but not required
Schedule: One 2 hour session
Cost: FREE

LTC 100 Coaches

# Register Date Coach
LTC 101 Closed Sat, 4/16 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Judi
LTC 102 Closed Wed, 5/25 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Judi
LTC 103 Closed Sat, 6/11 10:00 AM - Noon Landon
LTC 104 Closed Sat, 7/16 10:00 AM - Noon
LTC 105 Closed Sat, 8/27 10:00 AM - Noon
LTC 106  Closed Wed, 9/7 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Winter Indoor Rowing Class

Rowing on the ergometer is a great way to stay in shape, practice the rowing stroke, and keep at the top of your game during the winter months. “Erging" is also great for learning the rowing stroke before rowing on the water. Personalized instruction is provided in each session, which is good for beginners, intermediate or advanced rowers. No prior experience is required.

Classes are available to the public, you do not need to be a Grand Rapids Rowing member or 8th Day Gym member to participate.

Prerequisite: None
Schedule: January 25 through March 30
Mon 6am, 9am, Noon
Wed 6am, 9am, Noon, 7pm

Cost: $75 (non-members), $65 (members)

Details and Registration

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