igetrowing.com / Getting Started

Getting Started

Getting Started
  • You’ve never rowed, but you’d love to try it. The best way to find out if rowing is for you is to come out and learn how to row with East Tennessee Rowing in one of our beginner Camps or Clinics:
  • ETRO recognizes that the sport of rowing can be an unfamiliar sport. Therefore, we designed these beginner sessions to introduce the fundamental technique and movements required to be successful in the sport of rowing. This is a great way to do just as the name says: learn how to row!
  • In an effort to provide a complete overview of the sport our team of professional coaching staff present the essentials of sweep rowing (one oar per person) starting on land using rowing machines. Once the basic movements are introduced we will get you on the water in an eight oar rowing shell on Fort Loudoun Lake. Instruction will include the basics of the sport, learning rowing terminology, how to handle the equipment, and the elements of proper rowing technique.  Potential coxswains will be able to try coxing, as well.
  • To get started, no prior rowing experience is required. Most of our current rowers have never even seen rowing before they started. Or requirements are to ensure participant and equipment safety.
    • Able to lift 45 pounds overhead, the athletes part of a rowing shell. 
    • Able to swim. If you cannot swim, you probably shouldn’t be on the water rowing. 
    • Participants may register the year they turn 12 years of age.
    • Participants should watch the USRowing Safety Video prior to season. 
  • Once complete with our on-ramp programs participant are invited to continue with either our
  • Training is held at our Boathouse located at 3452 Louisville RoadThese classes are outdoor and are contingent on the weather conditions, available daylight, and water level. Our boathouse is on Fort Loudoun Lake next to Louisville Point Park just past Topside Rd, a convenient 20-minute drive from West Knoxville and Farragut along the Pellissippi Parkway, Downtown Knoxville using Alcoa Hwy, or anywhere in Blount County using Louisville Road.
  • Wear Clothing that is comfortable for exercising, and fit close to the body (so it won’t get caught in the seat/slide). Conditions can feel very different on the water than on land, so dressing in layers is useful. Footwear should have rubber bottoms and always bring a water bottle.


  • Camps and Clinics for beginner middle and high school students, ages 12-18. New rowers are welcome to begin at the start of any of our seasons. Many join our current families start through our summer camps on Fort Loudon Lake or by attending our seasonal youth learn-to-row clinics., before joining a fall team during the school year.
  • For more information contact our Head Coach .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (865) 850-4649
  • Summer Camp

ETRO’s Five Day Learn-to-Row Summer Camps are a fun way to introduce beginners to the amazing sport of rowing on beautiful Fort Loudoun Lake.  Each session is capped at 24 campers to ensure personal attention and skill development at the rower’s own pace. The camp begins with the basic rowing stroke mechanics, boat handling and terminology before taking the new rowers on the water for their first strokes in one of our eight-oared racing shells. 

2018 Summer Camp Schedule

Cost: $125






06/04 – 06/08

Mon- Fri, 8:30 - 11:30​​




06/11 – 06/15

Mon- Fri, 8:30 - 11:30​​




06/18 – 06/22

Mon- Fri, 8:30 - 11:30​​




07/09 – 07/13

Mon- Fri, 8:30 - 11:30​​




07/16 – 07/20

Mon- Fri, 8:30 - 11:30​​




07/23 – 07/27

Mon- Fri, 8:30 - 11:30​​


  • If Learn-to-Row participant choose to continue $50 will be applied toward their seasonal rowing fees.
  • Pre-Season Clinics

This is a great opportunity for a new athletes looking to join our competitive rowing team. These pre-season clinics are the held first two weeks of the spring and fall season for middle and high school students. As these clinics are held during the recruiting period prospective members are able to join at any time and our coaches will bring them up to speed. Upon completion youth are encouraged to join our Novice Competitive Team to continue rowing during the school year. 


2018 Seasonal Learn To Row Clinics

Cost: $75​

Fall Clinic

08/20 – 9/7

M | T | R | F

6:30 - 8:00p


No practice on Labor Day. 9/4-9/7 4:15p-6:15

Spring Clinic



4:30p – 6:30p




8:00a – 3:00p


It’s never too late to take up the sport of rowing.

  • Immersion Clinics
  • For more information contact our Masters Coach Will Baker.​

  • These one week introductory clinics for the beginner adult. are spread over a week to maximize your learning experience while minimizing the impact on your schedule. 
  • Following the Immersion Clinic we invite you to join our Masters Rowing classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (6:15-8:00 PM) and Saturday mornings (9:00-10:30 AM).
  • 2018 Adult Learn to Row Immersion Clinics

Cost: $125

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evening 6 PM – 8 PM and Saturday 7 AM – 11 AM.











8/28 – 9/1



The participant fee for the weekend covers coaching, launch fuel, and equipment usage. There is no travel, uniforms, or equipment to purchase for participation. Walk-up registration is available. All payments must be made at the time of registration. There are no refunds or prorated payments for Lear-To-Row programs. Family and multiple sessions discounts available. Please see the staff for more details.