Anchorage Rowing Association
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Year 1

Rowing Classes

ARA has two types of classes for people who want to learn to row.

Learn to Row teaches sweep rowing which is a team sport. You will row in an 8-person sweep rowing shell using one 13-foot oar on either the port or starboard side of the boat. The rowers face the stern (back) of the boat and a coxswain (cox, the 9th person and non-rower) sits in the stern of the boat and provides direction to the rowers. Learn to Scull teaches sculling which can be done as an individual, or in boats with 2 or 4 rowers (singles, doubles and quads). Sculling in singles can be taught throughout the season through private lessons but opportunities to learn sweep rowing are limited to the Learn to Row classes or special events, such as our annual Dave Thorsness Rowing Challenge fundraiser. We start Learn to Row classes as soon as Sand Lake thaws since sweep rowing in 8s is generally stable and safe in colder water. Learn to Scull starts later in June when the water warms up a bit since sculling, especially in singles, can be less stable than rowing in bigger boats. Sweep rowing and sculling are different, but both are really fun!

Our tentative dates for classes are:

Learn to Row 1 – Monday & Wednesdays May 13, 15, 20 and 22 from 6-8 pm with a mandatory pool session on Sunday May 12th from 8 am – 11 am.
Click here to register for Learn to Row 1

Learn to Row 2 (weekend intensive) – Friday, May 17 from 6-8pm, and Saturday, and Sunday May 18 & 19 from 11:30 am – 2 pm with a mandatory pool session on Sunday, May 12th from 8 am to 11 am.
Click here to register for Learn to Row 2

Learn to Scull 1 – Friday, June 7 from 6-8 pm, Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9 from 10 am – 12pm. Attendance at pool session is recommended, May 12th from 8am – 11am.
Click here to register for Learn to Scull 1

Learn to Scull 2 - Friday, July 13 from 6-8 pm, Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15 from 10 am – 12pm. Attendance at pool session is recommended, May 12th from 8am – 11am.
Click here to register for Learn to Scull 2

 

The fees for the classes are:

Learn to Row 1 or 2: $200

Learn to Scull 1 or 2: $200

 

Why are class dates tentative?
Some years the lake thaws later which could impact the start of classes, especially the Learn to Row classes. Our first priority is to make sure conditions are safe for novice rowers. It doesn’t occur often, but if classes are delayed due to lake conditions, participants will be notified and we will work to reschedule the classes.

 

If you have any questions regarding our classes, please contact President@AnchorageRowing.com