Adult Learn To Row




An introduction to the sport of rowing by the St. Louis Rowing Club for adult men and women.  All individuals new to the sport of rowing are required to complete a 10-session Learn To Row (LTR) class.  Each class is spread out over a month and classes are held in February, June, July and August. In this class, you will be introduced to:

Benefits of rowing  •  Building strength  •  Teamwork  •  Fitness  •  Correct rowing technique  •  Boathouse and facilities  •  Equipment used in rowing  •  Proper boat and equipment handling

Instruction begins with a brief history, tour and discussion of rowing terminology, technique, and safety. After learning the basics of the rowing stroke on an indoor rowing machine, weather allowing, you will get hands-on experience in an eight person shell. Following a brief lesson at the dock, you will push off and head out to open water. Lessons will then be focused on proper body position and movement, building boat speed, and working together as a crew. This is a unique opportunity to improve your health, make new friends, and spend quality time at beautiful Creve Coeur Lake.

Once you have completed the Learn To Row program you will move to the Adult Intermediate Group and continue to hone your rowing skills.

Each 10-class Learn to Row session is just $290.  The Summer LTR fee covers club membership through December of that year.  The Winter LTR fee covers club membership through June of that year.  At that time, participants may choose to join the club for the remaining balance of the yearly club dues.   For more information, call 314-434-8299 or email




These are short introductory Learn to Row workshops.  We will start on the rowing machines indoors, and then move onto the water.  If time permits, we will take a boat for a short trip on the lake.  This is open to the public.  Participants must be 18 or older.  There is a nominal fee of $20 for this 2.5 hour session.  Contact for more information.

DATES OFFERED (Two Options):

Saturday September 15th from 10:30am to 1:00pm; <OR>

Sunday September 30th from 12:30-3:00pm

Space is limited and your spot in the workshop is not secure until payment is received.

These workshops are a great way to be introduced to this amazing sport… just to try it out or to help you decide whether you might like to continue with one of our 10-class sessions in the future.



All Learn to Row participants should wear workout clothes (nothing too baggy since it can get caught in the slide on the erg/boat), and bring a water bottle, sunscreen, & sunglasses.


Due to the physical nature of rowing, there are limitations on who can safely participate.  While we want to encourage newcomers to try this great sport, not all will be able.  If you or your medical professional have concerns regarding your health, flexibility, stamina, strength and/or stature, please let us know prior to signing up.  Evaluation by an SLRC coach of one’s skills and/or ability to row will also be a part of the determination of an individual’s level of participation.

Additionally, it is imperative that all participants be able to swim.  While it is rare to end up in the water, the danger posed in being unable to swim is too great to risk.


Moving from Novice Adults (Intermediates) to Competitive/Recreational Masters:
The Intermediates’ coach will “greenlight” those rowers he/she thinks are ready to move to one of the more advanced adult groups.  Once an Intermediate rower is “greenlit” by the Intermediates’ coach, he/she may then start a two week trial period with the group that he/she would like to join.  After the two week trial, the coach of the advanced group that he/she would like to join will either confirm his/her readiness or recommend that he/she spend more time with the Intermediates.  The trial periods will start on or around March 1st, August 15th, and November 1st.  This process will be the same for both adult sweep rowers and adult scullers.   Intermediates are free to remain in the Intermediate group if he/she chooses, but may not be eligible to race with them after a year or more.



SLRC Learn To Row Manual

SLRC Learn To Row FAQs

SLRC Coxing Manual

Waiver of Liability


For additional information, below are some informative videos:

The Rowing Stroke

Getting Started

Common Errors

US Rowing Safety Video

Capsize Drill

US Rowing – Introduction to the Sport of Rowing