You’ve never rowed, but you’d love to try it. Sign up for our seasonal learn to row sessions.
Youth Learn to Row provides a complete overview of the sport, regardless of previous experience. The Seasonal Learn-To-Row Clinics are similar to the Summer Learn to Row Camps, except the sessions shorter and spread over the first three weeks of the Fall and Spring seasons.
During each sessions you will learn the essentials of sweep rowing (one oar per person) with training starting on land on rowing machines and then in an eight oar rowing shell on Fort Loudoun Lake using experienced peer mentoring so that rowers can get a sense of the rowing stroke in a stable environment. New rowers are introduced to the basics of the sport, learning rowing terminology, how to handle the equipment, and the elements of proper rowing technique. Also covered as part of Learn to Row is coxing technique; boat safety; and concepts of physical well-being, including hydration, core strength, flexibility, and diet.
Youth Learn to Row offer prospective rowers an opportunity to "test drive" our team and see what all of the hype is about! Most of our current rowers have never even seen rowing before they started. Once the Learn-To-Row Clinic is completed rowers are invited to join our Novice Competitive Team or our Non-Competitive Crew Academy to continue rowing.
Good attendance is crucial to safety and maximum learning - we expect rowers to attend every class. If rowers cannot commit to a minimum of 80% class attendance overall, we generally encourage giving Learn to Row another session.
Camp is led by the ETRO coaching staff, directed by Head Coach Allen Eubanks, and held at our Boathouse located at 3452 Louisville Road. Please note: Rowing on the water is subject to level of skill and conditions. Wind above 14 mph could potentially effect practice and may lead to some campers rowing on the water, while others participate in land activities.
No prior rowing experience is required. There are no tryouts to join, juniors can start the year they turn 12 through the summer after they complete high school. To ensure athlete and equipment safety we ask new rowers to be able to lift 45 pounds over their head, which is the athletes part of the shell. All rowers need to know how to swim. If you cannot swim, you probably shouldn’t be on the water rowing. Sweep rowing is a team sport that requires prolonged physical exertion and highly coordinated physical endurance. Sweep rowing may not be appropriate for all rowers. ETRO reserves the right to determine whether sweep rowing is a match for each applicant. Participants should watch the USRowing Safety Video prior to season.
These classes are outdoor and are dependent on the weather. Conditions can feel very different on the water than on land, so dressing in layers is useful. Once we start on the water we row rain or shine, so be prepared. Wear clothing that is comfortable for exercising, and fit close to the body (so it won’t get caught in the seat/slide). Footwear should have rubber bottoms and always bring a water bottle. It is also a great idea to bring sunscreen, towel, hat, water bottle, and snacks if needed.