Learn to Row

First Time Rowing

BARC offers training classes in Spring-Summer for first-time rowers. The Learn to Row Course, consisting of 4 x 2 hour weekend sessions is offered for individuals who plan to pursue rowing at BARC. Students are required to attend all four sessions, with no planned absences. Upon successful graduation from the course, you are entitled to a free one-month trial membership to the club.

Cost: $105 per person


All classes will run through two consecutive weekends, Saturday and Sunday. Classes start promptly at 8:30 am.

SPECIAL NOTICE: Learn to Row classes have been limited to no more than four (4) students per session. MASKS ARE OPTIONAL while in our boathouse. IF YOU HAVE TESTED POSITIVE OR HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19, please stay home.

Minimum Agility and Attendance Requirements

The Learn to Row Course is a strenuous activity, requiring flexibility and agility on the part of students. At a minimum, students must affirm they are capable of the following in order to register for the course:

1) I am a strong swimmer and able to tread water for 10 minutes, unaided and unassisted, with no fear of water

2) I am able to do moderate exercise for an hour

3) I weigh less than 220 pounds

4) I am able to sit down on the floor unaided by furniture from a standing position, and then stand back up, thus simulating getting into/out of a boat

5) I am least 14 years of age and if under 18, acknowledge that I must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or US Rowing SafeSport certified volunteer

6) I am committed to taking all four sessions of the Learn to Row course, with no planned absences.

Schedule of Classes for 2022:

Class #1: April 23, 24, 30, May 1

Class #2: May 21, 22, 28, 29

Class #3: June 18, 19, 25, 26

Class #4: July 16, 17, 23, 24

Class #5: August 27, 28, Sep 3, 4

Class #6: Oct 8, 9, 15, 16

Reservations and Payment

Follow the steps below in order to register for the Learn to Row course.

1) Review and ensure that you meet the Minimum Agility and Attendance Requirements shown above.

2) Select your desired class number and quantity of seats and submit your payment by using the PayPal button below. If a class is full, you will be redirected back to our website where you can try a different class. Please note that payment reserves your spot(s) in the class and is therefore subject to the cancellation terms in the FAQ section below.

3) Once payment is completed, a member of our club will reach out to you with a welcome email prompting you to complete and return the following forms to the class coordinator: Student Background Form, Emergency Contact Form, US Rowing Waiver of Liability, Membership Form, and Medical Form.

For any questions, please send an email to classes@barchouston.org.

Learn To Row Classes


What if I already know how to row?

BARC requires a "Check Out" for all experienced rowers before joining the club. Please see our join page for more information.

What if the class dates don’t fit into my schedule? Can I take private lessons?

BARC is an all-volunteer club, so member availability to teach private lessons is limited. For information on availability and instructor fees for private lessons, please send an e-mail to classes@barchouston.org. Once your reservation is confirmed for private lessons, please download and familiarize yourself with our BARC Private Rowing Lesson checklist prior to your lesson.

What if I have to cancel?

The $105 Learn to Row fee will be refunded on two conditions:

  1. Notice of cancellation must be given no later than 72 hours before class, by Tuesday, in other words, for a Saturday class, and
  2. Another student can be found to fill the canceled spot.

What type of clothing should I wear?

The best clothing for rowing is bike shorts and a t-shirt. In the winter, layers are helpful as you will warm up once you start rowing. Avoid bulky clothing.

Do I need to be able to swim?

Yes! At some point, you will fall into the water – it happens to everyone. In addition, a certain degree of flexibility and agility is required as learning to row is a strenuous activity. Please see our Flexibility & Agility guidelines, above.

Where do you row?

Lake Mark Kramer (also known as Mud Lake or Pasadena Lake) in Harris County Clear Lake Park; please see our map here.

Rowing Improvement and Tips

Whether you are brand new to rowing or an experienced rower, we have links to rowing improvement resources on our links page, here.

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