Learn to Row Class Overview

So many of us can only dream of being on the water and learning to row. Living in the beautiful state of Washington, that dream can easily come true. Whatcom Rowing Association’s Learn to Row Program is for all individuals ages 18 and older and is offered during the spring and summer. We have a unique program that will introduce you to rowing in a positive and fun environment.

This class is required for all new rowers. Exceptions can be made for more experienced rowers. Email the program director to discuss the class that would work best for you.

Membership to the WRA is not required for the Learn to Row class. It is required for the intermediate and Masters classes!

Learn to Row is for ages 18+, if you are younger and want to learn how to row, please use the Juniors section to get started.


WRA Learn to Row Program

The program will consist of sessions covering boat handling, water safety, and the fundamentals of rowing. Participants will be coached in small groups both on the water in boats and on indoor rowing machines. Participants should plan to attend all sessions. You can find rowing terminology here.



When do we offer Learn to Row

WRA offers Learn to Row courses during the spring and the summer. Rowers will have an opportunity to continue on to the WRA Masters Program upon successful completion of the course.






Who should attend?

Rowers must furnish written proof that they are water-safe and are able to swim/tread water in open water conditions. Please fill out the waiver and make sure to have your swim testcompleted before showing up at the first session. You can complete float tests either at Arne Hanna or the YMCA pools.


Before you arrive

Wear athletic clothing, preferable shorts or spandex along with a T-shirt that you don’t mind getting a little dirty/wet.

Bring a hat, socks, and sneakers each day (the first day will be mostly on the rowing machines known as ergs.

Bring a water bottle (plastic).

Apply sunscreen.