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New to Rowing? Try our Learn to Row Programs!


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 an LGBTQ+ 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 or prior to registering for LTR.

DC Strokes offers rowing programs for all levels and interests. 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.


  • 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


DC Strokes Learn to Row course has two parts:

Part I: 
Learn the basics of rowing in this condensed two-week course.  Sessions run either Saturday + Sunday mornings (9 am - noon), Saturday + Sunday afternoons (1 - 4 pm), or Monday through Thursday (evenings) 6:15 - 8 pm.

 Choose from one of the following Sessions:

Session A: Saturday+Sunday AM (9 am - noon); April 20-21 + April 27-28 

Session B: Saturday+Sunday PM (1 - 4 pm); April 20-21 + April 27-28 

Session C: Monday-Thursday PM (6:15 - 8 pm); April 15-18 + April 22-25

Session D: Monday-Thursday PM (6:15 - 8 pm); April 29-May 2 + May 6-9

Session E: Monday-Thursday PM (6:15 - 8 pm); May 13-16 + May 20-23 [Pending Demand]



Part II: Transition to Novice Program
After completing Part I you will transition to rowing with the Novice Program.   Your first two weeks of Novice are included in your Learn to Row registration.  Classes are held Monday to Thursday, from 6:15-8:00pm. At this conclusion of the 2 week period, you will be able to officially join the Novice Program.


$255 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

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If you have any questions about the registration process, please email