Annual Junior Learn to Row Days Scheduled

April 19 – 21, 2019 & May 3 – 5, 2019

If you want to learn to row, the best way to get your feet wet is to join us on one of our annual Junior Learn to Row Days.

You can pre-register to be sure of a seat in a boat on novice day. After your introductory class, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for one of our week-long workshops, which is the first step in joining the Des Moines Rowing Club. Spots for the Learn to Row Day are on a first-come, first-serve basis with priority given to those that reserve a time in advance, so reserve your spot as soon as possible. 

Learn to Row Day Details

For your introductory class on Learn to Row Day, you’ll spend approximately two (2) hours with us. You’ll first learn the basics of the stroke on the erg (rowing machine), rowing terms, parts of the boat, and how to lift and maneuver the boat. Next, you’ll go out in an eight-person boat with an experienced coxswain, stroke and bow rower. You’ll apply the same basics of the stroke you learned on the erg and become familiar with a few basic commands from the coxswain. There is no commitment to join the club by participating in Learn to Row Day, but it’s a great way to find out if you’d like to go through our week-long workshop!

What should you bring?

One of the most important things to bring to Learn to Row Day is your calendar, because if you decide to participate in one of our week-long workshops knowing your availability will be important. This is a first-come, first-serve opportunity, so signing up on Learn to Row Day is the best way to secure one of the 12 seats in your preferred workshop. To confirm your spot, you’ll need to register online. The fee of $25 for the and is due in order to secure and retain your seat on your crew. 

What happens after Learn to Row Day?

Graduates of the learn to row day may decide to continue on to one of our Juniors Week-Long Workshop. After the workshop you will have the option to continue on by joining the Des Moines Rowing Junior Program held at the Des Moines Rowing Club’s main boathouse at Birdland Marina. This program will include additional training with a coach, and rowing 2x week to train for races beginning July 15, if desired. 


If you have any questions about our Junior Learn to Row Day or the Junior Program, please contact our Junior Head Coach.