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Learn to Row

Whether you want a one day opportunity to try rowing, hoping to start on a path toward long-term involvement in a new sport, or looking for a meaningful and engaging team building event, we have options to get you on the water!

Experience Rowing Day

Got rowing on your “bucket list?”  Just finished reading The Boys in the Boat and want to give rowing a try, but you don’t have any experience or the interest in making a long-term commitment?  Looking for a fun outing for you, your friends, or a truly unique date?  Our Experience Rowing Day is a one-day, fun and easy-going way to learn the basics of rowing without making a big commitment. No experience required!!!  The Experience Rowing Day may be your first step toward pursuing a new favorite sport, an easy way to experience the history of rowing, or simply a fun Saturday activity!

Register for one of our Experience Rowing Classes by selecting the Sign Up tab and selecting Experience Rowing under the Adult Learn to Row heading.

Adult Learn to Row, Levels 1 and 2

Our Adult Learn to Row Level 1 program is designed for individuals with no (or very litle) rowing experience who want a full-body workout and the camaraderie of a team sport. This 4 week class includes eight 90-minute coached practices and is the prerequisite for Adult Learn to Row Level 2.

Our Adult Learn to Row Level 2 program is designed for individuals who have completed Adult Learn to Row 1 (or have completed at least 8 coached sessions) and who want to continue learning to row in order to gain the skills necessary to row independently or join a Recreational Rowing Team. This 4 week class includes eight 90-minute coached practices and is the prerequisite for joining the Recreational Rowing League.

Register for Adult Learn to Row Level 1 by selecting the Sign Up tab and selecting Adult Learn to Row Level 2 under the Adult Learn to Row heading.

Sculling 101: Introduction to Sculling Program

Our Introduction to Sculling Class is a one day class for new members to get oriented to the equipment, dock etiquette, safety and the basics of the sculling stroke.  This class is for PRC members only and is required for registration for other Adult Sculling classes.

Register for Sculling 101: Introduction to Sculling by selecting the Sign Up tab; add membership to your cart to complete the registration.

Peer Mentors for Adult Beginning Scullers

If you are interested in getting on the water to practice your new sculling skills outside of class time, but you don’t yet feel comfortable going out alone, you can connect with one of our Team of PRC Peer Mentors.  These are adult PRC members who are volunteering to help “newbies” get boats down, get on the water and just be a friendly face and buddy on the water.  If you’re interested, please contact us via Email (Peer Mentors are free, but available only to PRC members).

Adult Beginning Rowing

Adult Beginning Rowing is offered seasonally as an introduction to the sport of rowing where individuals with little to no experience will develop the skills necessary to enjoy rowing on their own or join a team upon successful completion. This program emphasizes the art of sweep rowing (1 oar per person), though participants may also scull (2 oars per person). Skills are developed from the first week of class through the last week, and regular attendance (at least 2 practices/week) is expected. Practices are offered 4 days a week and participants may attend any of the available practices. Class registration also includes use of the PRC fitness facility indoor training equipment Monday-Friday from 8:30-3:00pm. $100 discount to PRC members.

Registration for Adult Beginning Rowing is currently closed.

Private Lessons

If your schedule doesn’t allow you to learn to row in one of our scheduled classes,  you can arrange a private lesson or series of lessons with one of our staff of qualified coaches. Private coaching is available to members or non-members and can be scheduled Mondays-Fridays 8am-3pm, Saturdays 9am-8pm, or Sundays 9am-8pm.

If you would like to schedule a private lesson, please contact us via Email.  You will also need to provide a signed copy of the PRC Liability waiver.

Corporate and Team Building Events

Rowing is a powerful example of teamwork at its best.  For the boat to move smoothly and efficiently, the members of a crew must adapt to each other, communicate responsively and be accountable to something bigger than any one individual.   Good crews, fast crews, slow crews, and brand-new crews all go through the same process of learning to work together, and the lessons learned in the boat are highly relevant in a professional environment.

By getting out of the office and onto the water, your team will have the opportunity to hit the “reset” button as your crew explores new ways to solve problems, communicate effectively, and have fun in pursuit of a common goal.

We customize our Corporate and Team Building Events to the needs of your team.  Please contact us via email at jessica@pocockfoundation.org or call 206-686-6390 to get your team, corporation, or group on the water.

Youth and Junior Learn to Row

Kids and teens ages 12-18 who want to learn to row can get involved with rowing through our Junior Programs.  We offer year-round opportunities for Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers to learn and participate in rowing, including summer camps, a Middle School Rowing and Fitness Club (fall-spring), and a High School Competitive Team (fall-spring).  For more information about our Junior Programs, please select the Junior Programs tab on the menu.


“Harmony, balance, and rhythm. They're the three things that stay with you your whole life.” George Yeoman Pocock


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