Learn to Row

Youth and Adult Classes

COVID-19

Return to Rowing Plan

The Kelowna Rowing Club has taken into account the guidelines set out by the Provincial Health Officer, Rowing BC, Rowing Canada Aviron, viaSport and WorkSafe BC.

In following these guidelines, Kelowna Rowing Club offers full memberships to those interested in rowing with us in 2021. We are unable to offer drop-in rowing or punch cards this season.

If you do not have past experience, you will have to complete Learn to Row lessons (included with your membership) prior to participating in regular practice sessions.

At this time, participation is limited to rowing in single shells and/or family-group double shells. Please read the Return to Rowing Plan before you register.

Return to Rowing Plan

The Learn to Row program introduces the sport of rowing and teaches the fundamentals.

Two young rowers

Classes take place on land and water with qualified instructors. Participants will learn basic rowing terminology, rowing technique, boat balance, water safety, boat handling, and etiquette. Students are guaranteed 9 hours of on the water training.

Two rowers with mountains in background

Learn

Rowing
Technique

A good rowing technique will allow the rower to enjoy the sport and their surroundings.

Rowing stroke: Catch

Catch

The oar blades are placed in the water by lifting handles up.

Rowing stroke: Drive

Drive

Pressure is applied to the oars causing the boat to move forward.

Rowing stroke: Finish

Finish

The oar blades are removed from the water by pressing the handles down.

Rowing stroke: Recovery

Recovery

Prepare the body for the next stroke by moving into position.

Rhythm

Students will learn the basic rhythms of rowing by first practicing on an ergonometer (erg). An erg simulates the movements a rower will experience on the water. All students will practice this technique until they are comfortable and understand the basic rhythms of rowing.

Two people using ergonometers

Balance

Students will learn to safely maintain balance in a variety of scenarios, such as getting in and out of the boat, controlling the boat, and moving the boat. Balancing in the boat is essential for enjoying the sport.

Rowers from back of boat

Harmony

Students will learn how to synchronize their movements with other people in the boat. The stable 4 person boats are used so students can focus on the movements. Rowing in unison is essential for balance, speed, and fun.

Four students rowing

Rowing is a low-impact activity that is accessible to people of all sizes, shapes, and fitness levels.

Two young rowers talking to the coach

Learn

Boat
Confidence

Confidence helps rowers enjoy the sport, and prepares students for a variety of situtations while on the water.

Handling

Students will learn how to safely lift, move, and place boats in the water. Proper boat handling is important for the well being of everyone in the class. Students will always lift boats with at least one other person.

Four rowers carrying a boat

Safety

Students will learn how to use a personal floatation device (PFD) and what to do in emergency situations. For safety reasons, space is limited in each course to a maximum of 4 rowers.

Rowers in boat

Etiquette

Students will learn how to carry oars, and care for the very expensive boats (rowing shells). Boats are very fragile and dropping a boat will cause severe damage to the shell.

Oars laying on the beach

As long as you can swim, bend your knees, and safely handle the equipment, you can probably row.

Four rowers preparing for a race

All Ages

Youth & Adult

Anyone can learn to row, and everyone is welcome, from teenagers to adults.

Two young rowers

Ages 12 - 18

Youth Program

We recommend that youth be at least in grade 7 so that they can handle the equipment safely and are tall enough to fit into the boat.

Four rowers and a coxswain

Ages 19+

Adult Program

As long as you can swim and bend your knees, you can probably row. Rowing is an incredible sport that will benefit you both physically and mentally.

Cluster of single rowers

Ages 12 - 18

After School Program

Rowing will help your teenager(s) meet and exceed their daily exercise recommendations and keep them engaged in a wonderful outdoor activity they can enjoy for a lifetime.

Rowers returning to shore

Ages 19+

Corporate Program

Rowing is the perfect team building activity as it requires collaboration, trust, focus, and mental grit to move the boat efficiently.


Choose a course

Upcoming Courses

For safety reasons, space is limited to a maximum of 4 rowers.

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Future courses will depend on Coach availability and participant interest. Please contact us if none of the above dates/times work for you.

Boats, Oars, and Personal Floatation Devices are provided by the club. Just bring yourself and a desire to learn.

Rowers returning from first row

Try something new

Learn to Row

No rowing experience is necessary. Learn the fundamentals of rowing. Membership is included.

Youth Learn to Row
$254

Includes

  • 9 hours of rowing
  • Qualified Instructor(s)
  • Insurance
  • Full Membership
  • Rowing Canada Membership
  • Rowing BC Membership
  • No taxes
Adult Learn to Row
$354

Includes

  • 9 hours of rowing
  • Qualified Instructor(s)
  • Insurance
  • Full Membership
  • Rowing Canada Membership
  • Rowing BC Membership
  • No taxes
After School Program

Includes

  • 9 hours of rowing
  • Qualified Instructor(s)
  • Insurance
  • Full Membership
  • Rowing Canada Membership
  • Rowing BC Membership
  • No taxes
Not Available
Corporate Program

Includes

  • 9 hours of rowing
  • Qualified Instructor(s)
  • Insurance
  • Full Membership
  • Rowing Canada Membership
  • Rowing BC Membership
  • No taxes
Not Available

Kelowna Rowing Club is a non-profit club; we do not charge tax on fees.


Classes are held at the club

Location

4111 Gellatly Road, West Kelowna, BC

Location Map of 4111 Gellatly Road, West Kelowna, BC

The club is a safe and welcoming place for all ages and genders. Try rowing and meet new people.