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AARC Learn to Row Program (LTR)

In sweep rowing each rower uses one oar.  AARC's Learn to Row (LTR) classes are designed for adults of all ages and abilities with no previous rowing experience. Many AARC club members learned to row in one of our classes!  Classes are scheduled throughout the spring and summer and prepare rowers for AARC’s Technical Rowing program.   Prefer two oars?  Try Learn to Scull                   

What's included:
  • One month of structured lessons that meet three times per week. Meets 3 x per week (attendance at most practices is required); Coach to student ratio of approximately 1:8.  See table below for meeting times.
  • Followed by one month of participation in the Technical Sweep Program.  The second month is more flexible; you may signup (one week in advance) to row up to three times per week during coached practices.  Meet club members and continue to improve your rowing skills.  Technical Sweep practices are held on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings.  
  • Use of AARC boats and equipment during lessons and Technical Sweep practices
  • Ann Arbor Rowing Club T-shirt
  • Social events with new rowers and AARC members


What to expect
LTR begins on land with training on Concept2 rowing machines. Once students become comfortable with the basics the class goes out on the water in an 8 person shell.  There is no training or fitness level necessary for this class, but a certain amount of mobility is needed.

Is a Learn-to-row class right for me?
There is no training or fitness level necessary for this class, but rowing requires a certain about of mobility to enter and exit the boat safely.  If you are able to get down to the floor in a sitting position using only one hand, and then get back up again, you should be fine.  If you have difficulties with this maneuver, you may want to take a mobility course (e.g., yoga, tai chi, etc.) to improve your flexibility before enrolling in the class.  If you have questions, please contact a coach ( 

Additional Requirements  

  • Minimum age - 16 or older
  • Sign Rowing Waiver
  • Register and pay (see link below)

2019 Sessions and Registration
It is strongly recommended that you miss no more than two classes during the first month in order for all participants to completely benefit from the curriculum. The second month is more flexible. Classes are limited to 10 registrants, so sign up early to ensure your seat and get the registration discount!    
  • $295 for the 2-month program
  • $195 Students (college, professional & graduate students)
  • Sign up early-classes fill fast!  
  • AARC endeavors to make rowing accessible to the broad community. To support participation, scholarships are available to those with financial need.
  • Please read our Refund Policy prior to making the commitment to our programs.
  • To register, click on the appropriate button in the "session" column in the table below.
  • Learn to Row Intro Packet
2019 Dates and Signups
Classes are Done for 2019
More to come in 2020 

Session Month #1
Days Time
Month #2 Technical Sweep Next Step:
Register for Prorated
Next Step:
Register for
LTR1 completed
May 6 - 31 Mon, Tues, Fri 6:20-8:00 PM June July & August $240 July & August $190
LTR2 completed May 8- June 1 Wed, Thurs, *Sat   6:20-8:00 PM
*8:00-9:40 AM
June July & August $240 July & August $190
LTR3 completed June  Mon, Wed, Thurs 6:20-8:00 PM  July August
LTR4 completed  June Mon, Wed, Fri  6:00 - 7:30 AM July August
cancelled -Aug 1   Mon, Wed, Thur  6:20-8:00 PM  August  Sign up for Fall Technical Sign up for Fall Technical 
underway!  Aug 5 Aug - 29 Mon,Wed, Thur 6:20-8:00 PM  September  October

Rowing after LTR   

LTR graduates become AARC Novice members in the year they graduate (the membership runs through the end of October). You are invited to join our Technical Sweep Program and continue gaining physical fitness and rowing skills through technique-focused coaching. If you transition directly from LTR to Technical Sweep, monthly Technical Sweep rowing fees apply beginning in the second month (see table above).
AARC endeavors to make rowing accessible to the broad community.  Scholarships are available to those with financial need to support participation.  
AARC is a 501(c)3 organization.  Donations made to AARC may be eligible for tax deduction.  Please check with your tax consultant.
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