Learn to Row / Erg Classes

Note: Station L classes are for adults only. Youth (18 years of age or under) should check out Rose City Rowing Club, which also rows on the Willamette River and has learn to row classes throughout the year.

Rowing on beautiful Willamette River
Rowing on the beautiful Willamette River

Learn to Erg (Dry Land):

Join us in Learn to Erg to increase your fitness, build your strength, or get started on your health goals — develop proper technique and improve your fitness with instruction from REAL on-water rowing coaches. Learn to use the Concept 2 Indoor Rowing Machine to its full potential and develop your skills in a supportive environment with other athletes.

Each session runs for three weeks, and includes six classes. Classes are capped at 8 participants to ensure one-on-one coaching. Participants receive a $10 discount for on-water Learn to Row sessions in the upcoming rowing year!

Register for a Learn to Erg Class

Pay attention for Learn to Erg Level 2 classes coming soon.

Learn to Row Level 1 (Sweep):

Level 1 Sweep classes are designed for the beginning rower. Classes emphasize safety, rowing technique and individual fitness. Special equipment is not required. Class members learn to row in eight person shells. Our sweep rowing classes are 2 hours long and generally have a class size of 8 to 12 students.

Register for a Level 1 class

Learn to Row Level 2 (Sweep):

Level 2 Sweep classes are designed for graduates of Level 1 or for rowers with some limited experience. Rowing technique, fitness and an introduction to competition are included in this class. Some rowers will take Level 2 for more than one session to hone their skills. Special equipment is not required. Class members learn to row in four or eight person shells. Our sweep rowing classes are 2 hours long and generally have a class size of 8 to 12 students.

Level 2 classes meet for ten weekday classes with five bonus Saturday morning lessons. The Saturday lessons provide extra water time to allow our Level 2 rowers to advance more rapidly. Even if students can’t attend every bonus Saturday lesson, we know that the extra rowing will help everyone. Once you pass the Level 2 class, you are eligible for a deeply discounted club membership fee for the remainder of the rowing year.

Register for a Level 2 class

Learn to Scull:

Learn to Scull is a five lesson course designed as an introduction to sculling for the experienced sweep rower. The curriculum includes the basics of boat handling, safety, river navigation and sculling technique. Members may take this class multiple times until they have the skills necessary to pass the 2x/4x Captains Test.

Register for a Learn to Scull class

Rowers with more than a year of recent rowing experience should check the Membership section of this site and contact the membership coordinator about taking part in a guest row or becoming a member.

General Information About Classes:

View instructions regarding USRowing Membership and the Swim Test

No experience or special equipment is required -– just bring typical workout clothes. All participants in Station L Learn to Row classes must become “Basic” members of the US Rowing Association ($9.75/year) and complete a declaration of swimming ability. Instructions for purchasing the Basic USRowing membership and completing the swimming ability declaration can be found here. If you are taking a Learn to Erg class, you do not need these two items.

Location: All classes meet at the Portland Boathouse, 403 Caruthers St, Portland, OR 97214. The entrance is through the basement door on the NW corner of the building.

On absences: We recognize that people have many demands on their time and that not all students will be able to attend all classes within a course session. If you cannot attend all classes, talk with your instructor so they can give you pointers on how to catch up. There is no way to “make up” missed sessions, but if you only miss a class or two you should be fine. If for some reason we must cancel a class, we will offer the option of a make up class after the session or a refund for that class.

Refund Policy: Station L class sizes are balanced carefully to ensure an appropriate number of participants in each session.  If you cancel your registration 5 or more days before class begins, you will receive a full refund.  If you cancel 4 or fewer days before class begins, you will receive a full refund if we can replace you with someone from our wait list.  If not, you will be given credit for a future class. After the first class meeting, no refunds or credits are available.

Wait List: If the class you wish to take is full, you can sign up for the wait list here.

If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact the Class Registrar.

Instructors: include Peter Edwards, Todd Vogt, Alexia Ingerson, Claudia Loeber, Deirdre O’Brien, and Kevin Mulvaney.

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