Learn to Row FAQ

Please check out these FAQ carefully.

Q: Is this class for beginners?

A: Yes. Learn to Row is for those who have never touched an oar in their lives as well as anyone who has rowed before and would like to get back in a boat.

Q: Am I fit enough, tall enough, too old, too heavy, too… to row?

A: If you have a desire to learn, we have the desire to teach you. The great thing about rowing is anyone can do it. No matter whether you are 5’2 or 6’4, have rowed before or have never heard of the sport before now, our Learn To Row program can accommodate you. Our boats can hold individuals up to 285 lbs and any height.

Q: What kind of workout will I get?

A: Rowing is a full body workout. The first few classes focus on learning proper technique – then it’s up to you how much of a workout you get.

Q: I already kayak, canoe, white water raft, etc. Can I skip this class and go right into one of the rowing programs?

A: While your on-water experiences will help with your balance and boat sense, rowing is completely different; the technique and equipment is unique. You will learn the fundamentals of rowing and receive expert instruction in sculling (rowing with two oars, one on each side of the boat) or sweep (team rowing with one oar per person). Emphasis will be on basic technique, boat-handling skills and safety. Learn to Row is important for that reason.

Q: What do I need to wear/bring to class?

A: You shouldn’t have to purchase anything special to participate in Learn to Row. The first class is land-based and once on the water just dress weather appropriately as if you were going for a jog or brisk walk:

•    Cotton or cool-max t-shirt and shorts
•    Clothes that are not baggy or they will get caught in the equipment.
•    Athletic shoes and socks
•    Hats and sunscreen are advised
•    Gloves are not recommended for rowing.

Q: How much time is spent on the water?

A: Of the 4 classes, 3 of them are on-water training, weather permitting.

Q: Do I need to be able to swim?

A: Yes, you must be able to swim and stay afloat for 10 minutes in deep water. If you are uncomfortable in the water, then this program might not be for you. Before starting any workout program, please check with a physician, and discuss any physical conditions you may have with the coaches.

Q: What are my chances of ending up in the water?

A: It’s our goal to be ‘on’ the water and not ‘in’ the water. That said, rowing is a water sport and occasionally rowers end up in the water. Our coaches are equipped to handle these situations quickly and safely.

Q: What happens if I need to miss a class?

A: The first two classes of any session are MANDATORY. If you need to miss a class after those two, please speak with your coach.

Q: Registration, Cancellation, Refunds?

A: Best way to register for MBRC LTR program is using our online secure form or you can download LTR registration and send it to us. We’ll contact you to confirm your spot. Once your credit card is charged there are no refunds. You can reschedule you LTR session if you notify us 48 hours before the first class.

If you like our Learn To Row program you can reserve a spot by registering online via MBRC SECURE FORM or downloading the registration form bellow and mailing, faxing, or dropping it off at Miami Beach Rowing Club.

Download Registration Form: LEARN TO ROW WAIVER