Adult Learn To Row




An introduction to the sport of rowing by the St. Louis Rowing Club for adult men and women. Class sessions are available during the Winter LTR in February and Summer LTR in June, July and August. Each session includes ten lessons spread out over a month. 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 $275.  The Winter LTR tuition 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.   The Summer LTR tuition covers club membership through December of that year.   For more information, call 314-434-8299 or email

To enroll, please email to confirm availability and get your name on the roster.  Payment can be mailed (St. Louis Rowing Club, PO Box 411094, St. Louis MO  63141). Alternately, contact for information about paying by credit card.

Summer 2017:

June 2017 LTR – Monday/Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm-8:00pm, Saturday mornings from 10am-12pm  THIS CLASS IS FULL; PLEASE CONSIDER SIGNING UP FOR JULY OR AUGUST
June 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 26

July 2017 LTR – Tuesday/Thursday evenings from 6:00pm-8:00pm, Saturday mornings from 10am-12pm  THIS CLASS IS FULL; PLEASE CONSIDER SIGNING UP FOR AUGUST
July 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 29

August 2017 LTR – Monday/Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm-8:00pm, Saturday mornings from 10am-12pm  THIS CLASS IS FULL; PLEASE EMAIL ROGUEROWER@GMAIL.COM TO GET ON THE WAITLIST AND/OR TO BE UPDATED WHEN WINTER 2018 DATES ARE SET
July 31, August 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16*, 21, 23, 26*
*Date undetermined at this time; will be one or the other.

Winter 2018 LTR – Tuesday/Thursday evenings from 7:30pm-8:30pm
Dates TBD

2017 Learn to Row Workshops:  
    ~Saturday, May 13 (10:30am – 1pm) CANCELLED DUE TO FLOODING
    ~Saturday, June 3   National Learn to Row Day  (12:30pm – 3pm)  NOTE TIME CHANGE
These are short introductory Learn To Row workshops.  We will start on the rowing machines indoors, and then move onto the water.  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.  In order to hold your spot, we suggest mailing payment of $20, made payable to SLRC, to PO Box 411094, St. Louis, MO 63141.  On the check, please note that it’s for the “County LTR”.  All participants must contact to register.


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.



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