| Learn To Row
A two day clinic for men and women of all ages. No experience is necessary. Learn the skills, get out on the water, and join the Crew!
- July 7 & 8, 2018
- Time: 8:30am - 11:30 am
- Cost $200 includes weekend clinic and a month of free rowing with weekday mornings, evenings, and weekend row times available.
If you’re looking for an introduction to the sport of rowing, the Learn To Row program is for you! Participants will learn the basics of rowing technique, boat handling skills, and rowing commands in a fun, safe environment. Designed to give prospective rowers an introduction to the sport, our classes focus on the basics of sweep rowing (one oar) with an emphasis on learning how to row as a crew of 4 or 8 and a coxswain. The clinics are taught by our staff of experienced coaches. Following an initial orientation and land training, you will actually be on the water your first day. Students will join experienced rowers in 8-person shells. On your second day, you continue to be on the water as you build your skills and begin to feel the camaraderie that comes along with learning as part of a team. Your initial sessions are not overly vigorous or physically taxing. The clinic is designed to help you feel comfortable in the boat, learn basic rowing skills, and experience the thrill of the sport.
Registration is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. So sign up now!
Beginners must participate in a learn to row session in order to develop the technique needed to row safely with current members. Participants must be able to lift 20 lbs over their heads and be able to perform knee bends which will be required to safely carry and place the boat in the water. Modest swimming skills are necessary. Although the chance of falling out of the boat is negligible, in an emergency all athletes must be able to swim until rescued. Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) are provided for all rowers. A safety boat with emergency supplies is within 500 meters of the boat at all times.
What To Wear
Typical athletic gear is all that is required. Avoid wearing jeans, oversized sweatshirts, or baggy clothing of any type which may get caught in the movable parts of the boat and rowing machines. Please wear gym shoes or water shoes, not sandals.
Tampa Athletic Club adheres to the safety regulations established by our sport’s governing body the U.S. Rowing Association.
What To Bring
Sunscreen, sunglasses, athletic socks, and a large refillable bottle of water is a good idea. Please try to avoid disposable plastic water bottles. A towel or change of clothes might not be a bad idea either, as you may get splashed on occasion.
Other Necessary Information
Please be on time or preferably a few minutes early. Since rowing is an outdoor sport we will be going out rain or shine. If lighting storms or dangerously high winds do occur the clinic can be easily move indoors for continued training on rowing machines.
Directions To The Boathouse
The Boathouse is located at the Tampa Bypass Canal in Harney Park. Harney Park lies about 8 miles east of the center of Tampa's downtown district. Take I-4 (or the Crosstown) east to Highway 301. Exit and head North on Highway 301. The Park is about 1 mile north of I-4 on the right. The entrance is adjacent to Mike’s BBQ. The address for Mike's BBQ is 7117 N. US Highway 301 Tampa, FL 33610 if you need to GPS a location close to the course. Please see our Contact Page for a map with the option to generate directions.