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: $100 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 REQUIRED while in our boathouse. MAKE SURE to have a mask.

Next Availability: The schedule for spring 2022 classes will be posted in March 2022.

Please note that we are not planning to schedule the Try It You’ll Like it (TIYLI) course until after the pandemic

Agility and Attendance Guidelines

The Learn to Row Course is a strenuous activity, requiring flexibility and agility on the part of the student. At a minimum, we expect a student to:

  • Be a strong swimmer and able to tread water for 10 minutes, unaided and unassisted, with no fear of water
  • Be able to do moderate exercise for an hour
  • Weigh less than 220 pounds
  • Be 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
  • Be at least 14 years of age and willing to row recreationally with a parent or legal guardian.
  • Be committed to taking all four sessions of the Learn to Row course, with no planned absences.

Reservations and Payment

Reservations are required for all classes. A payment of $100 must be made when making a reservation. A payment link and a description of the 2022 registration process will posted shortly. Once registration is complete, students will be asked to sign a waiver and provide an emergency point of contact. The limit is 4 students per class.


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 $100 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.

A credit will be issued for another class to be taken within 12 months.

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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