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2018 Learn to Row Classes

We are in the planning stages for our 2018 Learn to Row class schedule. Our LTR 100 Beginning Sweep Rowing class has evening sessions on M/W and T/Th from spring through early fall. These 6-week classes include 3 weeks of specialized coaching twice a week and 3 weeks of team rowing (3 times a week) with our Recreational Team which will 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. The sculling classes will also provide Blue or Green certification to row independently as a member of the club. 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 our 6 weeks, we will have  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.

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. A crucial part of our LTR classes is the 3-week opportunity to row with our adult recreational team on Wednesday & Thursday nights and Saturday mornings. 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

  • Wednesday & Thursday nights from 6-8pm
  • Saturdays 8-10am

Evening Classes

Our Spring - Fall sessions offer evening classes that meet M/W or T/Th. Our evening classes are very popular so, in May and June,  we are offering sessions on both M/W nights and T/Th nights to meet the demand from participants. Choose one that fits your schedule.

LTR 100 Coaches

# Register Sessions Dates Coach
LTR 101 Register Monday and Wednesday nights - 6-8pm 5/7 - 5/23 Molly
LTR 102 Register Tuesday and Thursday nights - 6-8pm
Canceled due to low number of registrants. 
5/8 - 5/24 Greg
LTR 103 Register Tuesday and Thursday nights - 6-8pm 6/5 - 6/21 Amy
LTR 104 Register Monday and Wednesday nights - 6-8pm 7/9 - 7/25 Julie
LTR 105 Register Tuesday and Thursday nights - 6-8pm 7/10 - 7/26 Amy
LTR 106 Register Monday and Wednesday nights - 6-8pm 8/6 - 8/22  TBD
LTR 107 Register Tuesday and Thursday nights - 6-8pm 9/11 - 9/27 TBD

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 TBD by rowers/coach TBD Elizabeth
LTR 202 Register M/W - 6-8pm
June 4, 6, 11, 13 Steve, Julie
LTR 203
Register T/Th - 6-8pm July 10, 12, 17, 19 TBD
LTR 204
Register  T/Th - 6-8pm  Sept. 11, 13, 18, 20  TBD

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 300 Coaches

2018 Winter Indoor Rowing

We are looking forward to a great winter season of conditioning on the indoor rowing machines. We are privileged to partner with Family Fitness on 4 Mile NW. They have an excellent training facility, wonderful staff and are providing a great place for our Juniors and Adults to hone technique and increase speed on the ergs. We have a great set of coaches and rowers who are willing to share their knowledge and experience. This year, we have 3 classes offered in 2 different sessions: January 22 - February 9 and again from February 12 - March 1. Join us for a morning or an evening class. Scroll down to Register. 

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.

We welcome the GR community! All classes are available to the public; you do not need to be a Grand Rapids Rowing member or Family Fitness member to participate.

Prerequisite: None
Schedule: January 22 through March 1
M/W 6:00 - 6:45am

T/F 6:00 - 7:00am

T/Th 7:30 - 8:30pm

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


Indoor Rowing Coach

 #  Register  Sessions  Dates  Coach
 WLTR 101  Register  M/W 6:00 - 6:45am ACTIVE: Sign up now!   1/22 - 2/7  Sarah
 WLTR 102  Register T/F 6:00 - 7:00am CANCELLED: Sign up for Session 202  1/23 - 2/9  Angie
 WLTR 103   Register    T/Th 7:30 - 8:30pm   1/23 - 2/8  Julie
 WLTR 201  Register  M/W 6:00 - 6:45am 2/12 - 2/28   Sarah
 WLTR 202  Register  T/F 6:00 - 7:00am 2/13 - 3/2   Angie
 WLTR 203  Register  T/Th 7:30 - 8:30pm  2/13 - 3/1  Julie

# Register Sessions Dates Coach
LTR 301 Register Tue/Thu/Sat 6/13, 6/15, 6/17 TBD
LTR 302 Register Tue/Thu/Sat 8/22, 8/24, 8/26 TBD

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

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