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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 our Learn-To-Row Summer Camps, Pre-Season Clinics, and Adult Immersion Clinics. ETRO recognizes that the sport of rowing can be an unfamilar sport. These camps and clinics are designed for complete beginners to rowing and learn the basics of technique and movements required to be successful. Most want to experience the sport first to become more comfortable before signing a longer seasonal commitment. The goal of any of our Learn-To-Row programing is to provide the opportunity for prospective rowers to "test drive" our sport and see what it is all about and do just as the name says: learn how to row!

  • Requirements
    • Each session is capped at 16 to ensure personal attention and skill development. Sessions fill up quickly and participation is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Your spot is not reserved until we receive payment as confirmation. 
    • No prior rowing experience is required. Most of our current rowers have never even seen rowing before they started. Learn-To-Row requirments are 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. Participants should watch the USRowing Safety Video prior to season. Juniors can Learn-To-Row the year they turn 12 through the summer after they complete high school.
    • 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.
  • Directions
  • Receive instruction from our professional coaching staff to provide a complete overview of the sport. During each sessions you will learn 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.
  • These classes are outdoor and are dependent on the weather. 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.​
  • The participant fee for the weekend covers program cost such as coaching, launch fuel, and equipment usage. There is no travel or equipment to purchase for participation. Walk-up registration is available if seats go unfilled. 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.
  • Once Learn-To-Row is complete there is absolutely no obligation to continue, however, if you so choose you can to the non-competetive East Tennessee Rowing has Masters/Adult and Junior/Youth programs to join.
  • What To 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. It is also a great idea to bring sunscreen, towel, hat, water bottle, and snacks if needed. Once we start on the water we row rain or shine, so be prepared.


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

  • Immersion Clinics

    • For beginner adults.These one week introductory clinics are spread over a week to maximize your learning experience while minimizing the impact on your schedule.  
    • Cost: $125
    • Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evening 6 PM – 8 PM and Saturday 7 AM – 11 AM.
    • 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).
    • For more information contact our Masters Coach Will Baker.​
Learn-to-Row Immersion Clinics
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Our options for getting youth 12-18 up to speed include our One Week Summer Camps or Pre-Season Learn-To-Row Clinics

  • Summer Camp

    • Summer Camp designed for beginner middle and high school students.
    • Each camp is three hour per day for five days, Mon- Fri, 8:30 - 11:30​​
      • Cost: $125
        • If Learn-to-Row participant choose to continue $50 will be applied toward their seasonal rowing fees.
        • Once they have completed Summer Camp youth rowers are invited to join our Novice Competitive Team to continue rowing during the school year. 
  • For more information contact our Head Coach .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (865) 850-4649
2018 Summer Camp ScheduleDates 
 Session #1 06/04 – 06/08REGISTER NOW
 Session #2 06/11 – 06/15REGISTER NOW
 Session #3 06/18 – 06/22REGISTER NOW
 Session #4 07/09 – 07/13REGISTER NOW
 Session #5 07/16 – 07/20REGISTER NOW
 Session #607/23 – 07/27REGISTER NOW



  • 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 anytime and our coaches will bring them upto speed. Upon completion youth are encouraged to join our Novice Competitive Team to continue rowing during the school year. 
    • Cost: $75​
    • Fall Learn To Row Clinic: August 20th - September 7th (No practice on Labor Day). [REGISTER NOW]
    • Spring Learn To Row Clinic: February 18th -  March 8th  [REGISTRATION OPENS 1/1]
    • Mon | Tue | Thr | Fri 6:30 - 8:00p, The final week of the clinic we will shift to 4:15p-6:15
    • For more information contact our Head Coach .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (865) 850-4649