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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 register 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 while making new friends and enjoying the cityscape from a new perspective! Choose from one of the following Groups:

Group A (Weekend Mornings):
April 25, 26, May 3, 10, 17 ● 9:00am-Noon

Group B (Weekend Afternoons):
April 25, 26, May 3, 10, 17 ● 1:00-4:00pm

Group C (Monday + Wednesday Evenings):
April 27, 29, May 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20 ● 6:00-8:00pm

Group D (Tuesday + Thursday Evenings):
April 28, 30, May 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21 ● 6:00-8:00pm

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.


$275 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