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New to Rowing? Try our Learn to Row Program


Come learn to row with DC Strokes! Get an introduction to the team sport of rowing while meeting new friends and enjoying the cityscape from a new perspective.

DC Strokes offers a gay-friendly environment and a welcoming community for all. The Learn to Row Program (LTR) is designed for people with no previous rowing experience and teaches the basics from square one. All learn to row sessions include: land training on ergometers, rowing on the water using a training barge and an eight-person rowing shell, personal attention from coaches to help you develop your form and rowing skills, and a question-and-answer session, as well as a review of lessons learned, at the conclusion of each day's class. Student-to-instructor ratios are 12 to 1 or better to ensure good interaction with coaches.
If you have prior rowing experience, even if it was a while ago, you may be able to go straight to the Novice Program or even one of our more advanced programs. Please contact us at prior to registering for LTR.

DC Strokes offers rowing programs for all levels and interests. In June, rowers who complete LTR are invited to join the Novice Program, which offers opportunities to continue developing rowing skill, build fitness and strength, and try racing at a couple of local regattas.

LTR Lead Coach: Elisabeth Morgan
Assistant Coach:  Elisabeth McCabe

What you will learn:
  • Fundamentals of the rowing stroke and body mechanics
  • Rowing and equipment terminology
  • Correct use of rowing machines, known as ergometers
  • How to set a boat and establish correct timing
  • Oar blade techniques, including feathering
  • Boat safety

The learn to row course has two parts and lasts 4 weeks:

Part I:
June 19-29, Monday through Thursday, from 6:00-8:00pm.

Part II: After completing Part I you will transition to rowing with the Novice Program for 2 weeks, from July 3 to July 13.  Classes are held Monday to Thursday, from 6:15-8:00pm.  You are free to choose which nights you come, although a minimum of two nights per week is recommended.  At this conclusion of the 2 week period, you will be able to officially join the Novice Program if you wish to do so. 

All Learn to Row sessions are located at the Anacostia Community Boathouse:  
1900 M St SE
Washington, DC 20003


Photo by Monica Pilsch

Ready to Sign Up?


Choose your session:

$250 per session.  Payable by personal check, credit or debit card.

  • Please note that you do not need to be a member of DC Strokes to sign up for LTR
  • Once the class begins, no refund is available


Please contact us at prior to registering for LTR.