Community wellness through rowing

2017 Winter Erg Training

Thanks to all the coaches and participants in our Winter Erg Training at 8th Day Gym. We were privileged to partner with 8th Day again this year. They have an excellent training facility, wonderful staff and provided a great place for our Juniors and Adults to hone our technique and speed on the ergs. A special thanks to Renee Zuidema and Angie Wooden, our adult coaches. 


2017 Learn to Row Classes

We are pleased to present our 2017 Learn to Row class schedule. LTR 100 Beginning Sweep Rowing class has morning and evening sessions during spring and fall. The addition of a 2-week Row Pass rowing class introduces new rowers gives them training at a higher level and provides a great bridge to our Masters program. For those looking  for more after the initial sweep rowing class, we offer sculling sessions in July and August. These classes will also provide Blue certification to row independently as a member of the club. 

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 Sweep Sessions

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. Our final class is a  friendly competition right at the boathouse dock; 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 the last Thursday night of the session!

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. New! This year, we are adding two weeks of complimentary rowing with our adult recreational rowing team. Your excellent coaching continues with Dave Morrison and you have the opportunity to meet and row with some of the best people around. We are looking forward to having you in the boats! 

Class size: Minimum 8, Maximum 16
Prerequisite: None
Shells: Eights (8+) and Fours (4+)
Cost: $160 (non-members), $125 (members)

Adult Recreational Rowing Schedule

  • Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8pm
  • Saturdays 8-10am

Morning and Evening Classes

Our Spring and Fall LTR sessions offer a morning class that meets from 9-11am on Mondays and Wednesdays. Rowers in these classes are encouraged to participate in the evening mini-regatta that concludes each session. Our evening classes are our most popular and we are offering sessions on both M/W nights and T/Th nights throughout the season. Choose one that fits your schedule.

LTR 100 Coaches

# Register Sessions Dates Coach
LTR 101 Register weekend + 4-weeks Mon/Wed 9:00 - 11:00 AM 4/29 - 5/25 Amy
LTR 102 Register weekend + 4-weeks Tues/Thurs 6:00 - 8:00 PM
4/29 - 5/25 Renee
LTR 103 Register 5-weeks Tue/Thu 6:00 - 8:00 PM 5/30 - 6/29 Renee
LTR 104 Register 5-weeks Mon/Wed 6:00 - 8:00 PM 5/31 - 6/29 Julie
LTR 105 Register 5-weeks Tue/Thu 6:00 - 8:00 PM 7/11 - 8/10 David
LTR 106 Register 5-weeks Tue/Thu 9:00 - 11:00 AM  8/22 - 9/21  Amy
LTR 107 Register 5-weeks Tue/Thu 6:00 - 8:00 PM 8/22 - 9/21 David




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 200 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: Two sessions in two weeks
Shells: 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 200 Coaches

# Register Sessions Dates Coach
LTR 201 Register Tue/Thu/Sat 7/11, 7/13, 7/18, 7/20 Julie
LTR 202 Register Tue/Thu/Sat 7/25, 7/27, 8/1, 8/3 Steve





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 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 200 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 301 Register Tue/Thu/Sat 6/13, 6/15, 6/17 Elizabeth
LTR 302 Register Tue/Thu/Sat 8/22, 8/24, 8/26 Elizabeth

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

2018 Winter Indoor Rowing

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)


*Registration will open in December 2017. 

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