Learn to Row

Learn to Row (LTR) is a 3 day learn to row class, designed to teach the basics of proper sweep rowing. Classes are co-ed and for all students of grade 7 – 12 of the USC schools.

All this for FREE!

If you have questions, please read first the FAQ under the form or contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible .


Do I need rowing experience?
This is an introductory level course. Most participants have never set foot in a rowing shell before their first class.

Are there any physical requirements?
To fit in the boats rowers need to be at least 4’8” tall and weigh less than 300lbs.

Do I need to know how to swim?

What if I cannot make all of the classes?
We are offering two sessions to help alleviate any scheduling difficulties. It is imperative you make all 3 sessions of the course in order to maximize your rowing knowledge.

What if it rains?
If it’s a light rain, we’ll go out anyway. If it’s a heavy rain or if thunderstorms are in the area, we will reschedule as timing allows. Communication will be via e-mail.

If I can’t make Learn to Row fit into my schedule, can I still row?
If you’re a beginner and want to learn to row, but none of our current programming works for you, please contact us and we will see about other options for you. If you have some rowing experience, tell us about it in your email and we will figure out which program best suits your needs.

What if I don’t want to row but am interested in being a coxswain?
We are always on the lookout for new coxswains to steer us through practices and on to victory in regattas. If you are relatively small in stature and big in assertiveness, let’s talk! We do offer training and we’ll be glad to set up a plan that works for you. Coxswains generally need to be under 5’6” (though we do make exceptions) and the less they weigh the better.

What do I wear
Wear comfortable clothing – sweatpants or shorts/spandex, t-shirt or sweatshirt and sneakers. It is advisable to wear a warm outer layer that can be taken off later.

What do I bring
Water bottle and whatever you usually do for sun protection.

Willing to learn and have a good time.

USC Rowing association reserves the right to cancel a session due to lack of registrations

“John found a safe and supportive place at the USC Rowing Association to nurture his new athletic endeavor. He appreciated the coaches’ firm yet encouraging guidance and immediately felt part of the group. He loved that he got to get right on the water and start rowing on day one.” – Mother of a Summer 2018 Learn to Row participant

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