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Adult Learn to Row

No Experience Required!



  • New to rowing or

  • Needing a refresher course

  • Programmed specifically for adults (interested and a teenager? email


  • Covers the basics of land training and rowing technique.

  • Taught rowing terms, proper boat handling, equipment care, and water safety

  • Participants begin by learning the basics of the rowing stroke on Concept2 RowErgs (indoor rowing machines) before progressing to the water in a sweep (one oar per person) team shell. 

  • Includes 1 Learn to Row class (2hrs) and 4 optional Coached Water Sessions (up to 2hrs each)


  • For the Coached Water Sessions: these sessions are open to more than just our Learn to Row participants

  • Depending on class size, participants may also be introduced to sculling (two oars per person)


Learn to Row classes:

Wednesday, June 14, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Saturday, June 24, 7:30am - 9:30am

Saturday, July 1, 7:30am - 9:30am

Saturday, July 15, 7:30am - 9:30am

Saturday, July 29, 7:30am - 9:30am

Saturday, August 12, 7:30am - 9:30am

Wednesday, August 23, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Saturday, September 9, 7:30am - 9:30am

Saturday, September 23, 7:30am - 9:30am

  • Please arrive 15min prior to the start time to ensure all necessary waivers are completed.

  • OPTIONAL Coached Water Sessions will be held on a rotating schedule every Monday and Wednesday morning (5:45am-8:00am) and Wednesday evening (5:00pm-7:00pm) unless otherwise stated. Participants are allowed 4 sessions.



Canal Dock Boathouse

475 Long Wharf Dr

New Haven, CT 06511

  • Parking is across the street along the curb. Please refrain from parking in the bike lane or up on the drop-off curb. Bike racks are available on the side of the boathouse. If space is available, bicycles may also be stored inside the boat bay.

  • Boathouse entrance is on the water side of the building. Walk around to the back platform.



  • We will always communicate via the email you use for registration.

  • All registrants will be automatically added to Canal Dock Boathouse, Inc monthly newsletter; otherwise, we will only contact you in case of missing registration paperwork, class rescheduling due to weather, or any other important details regarding your upcoming Learn to Row class.

  • For your convenience, the following contact can be reached if you have any questions regarding any of our Adult Learn to Row classes, registration, payment issues, etc.


Tamara Clayton

Canal Dock | Head Masters Coach

Crew Haven Youth Rowing | Assistant Coach




  • If we have to cancel a class, we will communicate via the email you provided during online registration. Cancellations due to weather will be sent no later than 1 hour prior to your lesson - make sure you check your email prior to driving to the boathouse. 

  • Foggy? Not a problem as long as we can still see the opposite bank.

  • We can also row if it is raining - as long as there is no lightning within 10 miles of the waterway; not saying that we will, but know it is a possibility if willing. If this is the case, bring a towel to practice or a change of clothes for your ride home.


  • Canal Dock provides PFDs (life vests) that will be required for all participants regardless of swimming ability. Feel free to bring your own if you desire!

  • Bring towel and spare clothes just in case you fall into the Harbor (rarely happens in team shells).

  • The best clothing to wear is TIGHT FITTING. Current athletes usually wear t-shirts and spandex bottoms or shorts that stop above the knee (basketball shorts and giant/baggy shirts will get caught in moveable parts and can result in tears or grease stains – ruining that article of clothing!). There will be a small space to fit personal items in the boat (everything stored in the boat will get wet). Items can also be handed to the coach to put in the safety launch to keep dry.

  • It will be important for you to bring athletic shoes, a water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat for protection from the sun (bug spray may come in handy, too). There is ZERO shade when out on the water so prepare accordingly. Please do not forget a water bottle! There will be water fountains for refilling purposes if needed (at the beginning and end of each lesson).

  • If cold temperatures occur, please dress in layers. You never know if we’ll be inside or outside for the day. Depending on the type of boat you row, you may have to wear your jacket or hoodie inside-out. Why? Oar handles can get caught in the front pockets. Zippered pockets or no pockets are the best option. If all else fails, athletes can simply wear the article inside-out.

  • Make sure to label all personal belongings just in case you forget something at the BH. We have a lost and found located in a locked office if you do end up leaving something behind. It will be in safe hands if found!



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