Learn to Row

A few things to know about our Learn to Row classes.

Class fee is $150 if two weekends, $230 if 3 weekends.

What to wear:  Rowing has many moving parts. Appropriate rowing attire includes snug fitting cloths, so they do not get caught in the rigging.

What to bring:  An extra pair of socks (they will get wet), water bottle, sunscreen and sunglasses.  You may want to bring a change of clothes, lockers rooms with hot showers are available.


  1. On the first day of class, you must pass a functional assessment to determine your physical ability to participate safely in these classes. Rowing is a physically demanding and challenging sport to learn and will place a strain on your body.  The boats and equipment are designed such that are able to accommodate persons within a specified range of height, weight, and body size.  In general, the body weight limit is 230 lbs.  For your own safety, SDRC reserves the right to decline your participation in these classes (in which case you will receive a full refund).

  2. Must be able to swim 50 yards in the bay.

  3. Be prepared to take a “flip test” (self-rescue in and out of rowing shell before joining the club). Shower and changing facilities are available at the rowing club.

To become a member of the San Diego Rowing Club you must complete the Scull I & Scull II classes (or take six private lessons).

To participate in the adult recreational rowing programs you must be a member and complete Sculling and Sweep Rowing classes.

2017 Beginning Adult Scull & Sweep Classes

Saturday/Sunday & Tuesday/Thursday Options

The sculling course introduces sculling technique, terminology, and water safety using recreational singles. Small class size ensures individual attention and rapid progression. Class minimum is 3 and is maximum 5 rowers.

The sweep course introduces sweep rowing (team boat) technique, terminology, and water safety using a training barge, then moving quickly into the sleek racing shells.  Class minimum: 6

To register or find out more information about the classes, please contact at bhmanager@sandiegorowing.org. or call Chris at 858-488-1893.

Summer Classes
Weekends Scull I Scull II Sweep I Time
June 10/11, 17/18 Session I
July 8/9, 15/16 Session II
2 Spots Open
Session I
2 Spots Open
July 22/23, 29/30 Session III
2 Spots Open
Session II
3 Spots Open
Session I
8 Spots Open
Aug 5/6, 12/3 Session III
4 Spots Open
Session II
8 Spots Open
Aug 19/20, 26/27 Session III
8 Spots Open
Summer Classes
T/TH Classes Scull I Scull II Sweep I Time
June 13/15, 20/22 Session IV 6-8pm
2 Spots Open
July 11/13, 18/20 Session V Session IV 6-8pm
3 Spots Open 5 Spots Open
July 25/27, Aug 1/3 Session V Session IV 6-8pm
5 Spots Open 8 Spots Open
Aug 8/10, 15/17
Session V 6-8pm
6 Spots Open

NOVICE COACHED ROWING PROGRAM    Mon, Wed, Fri 5:15 – 7:00am

In order to participate in a Competitive Coached Program you must complete at least 6 months in the Novice Coached Rowing Program.This is a year-round program with a focus on improving fitness and rowing technique in a group setting that promotes the enjoyment of the sport. This program is for rowers who:

  • Have completed Scull I, Scull II and Sweep I.

  • Want to improve rowing skills, technique and fitness.

  • May want to transition into the Recreational or Competitive Program.

Private Lessons
Private lessons are available for $60/hour for members and $80/hour for non-members.
Group lessons are $80/hour the first person and $40 for each additional person, up to 4 people.To Register or for more information email info@sandiegorowing.org
or call 858-488-1893

Mail full payment to:
San Diego Rowing Club
P.O. Box 99856
San Diego, CA 92169