What is Intro to Rowing?
Rio Salado Rowing Club’s Introduction to Rowing class will introduce you to the basics of rowing, so that you might discover all the fun and joy of this sport!  In this class you will learn to scull, in which each rower has two oars, in one-person boats, called "singles".  For details on sculling versus sweep rowing, click here . (note: this class was formerly called Discover Rowing) 

Click here to register for Intro to Rowing

Intro to Rowing is designed for adults (over the age of 18) who have never experienced rowing on the water. We realize some of you exercisers out there may have rowed on a machine, the “erg”, but we can safely say that rowing on the water is a completely different (better!) experience. You will be in a small group of people who, like you, have no idea what they’re doing, so you’ll all be in the same boat!  Rio’s Intro to Rowing class is for adults of all ages and fitness levels, though you do need some basic fitness level (see below) and have been exercising regularly, before beginning rowing.  Intro to Rowing is a ton of fun, and after taking it, you will want to learn more! 

Upon graduating from your Intro to Rowing class, you are eligible to sign up for next level class, “Rowing Level 1”.  (requires coach's approval)  In the Rowing Level 1 class, you will develop your skills on the water with other rowers at a similar level, instructed by one of Rio's coaching staff.   For more information on Rowing Level 1 and other classes, go here.


Intro to Rowing is a four session class, designed to provide you with a very basic understanding of rowing.  The class meets twice a week for two weeks.  The first session is on land and gives you an overview of the sport of rowing, terminology and equipment particular to rowing on the water, and a rowing machine (called an “erg”) demonstration of the stroke, with practice on the erg or other instructional equipment.  The second, third and fourth sessions are on the water!  We will go out in singles, with the coach and one experienced Rio rower assisting. 

All of Rio Salado Rowing Club's activities are COVID19 safe; all precautions are followed
.  Click here for our COVID19 response. 

At this time, Intro to Rowing participants and staff are required to wear face masks while on land and practice social distancing.  

Maximum Intro to Rowing class size is FOUR.  Classes fill quickly, please register early.

2021 Intro to Rowing Winter/Spring Schedule REMAINING DATES as of 02/14/2021


February Evening Class (Mon/Wed)

February 15th            6:00-8:00pm

February 17th            6:00-8:00pm 

February 22nd           6:00-8:00pm 

February 24th            6:00-8:00pm 


February/March Weekend Class (Sat/Sun)

February 27th            10am-12pm

February 28th            10am-12pm

March 6th                   10am-12pm 

March 7th                   10am-12pm


March Evening Class (Mon/Wed)

March 15th                 6:00-8:00pm

March 17th                 6:00-8:00pm

March 22nd                6:00-8:00pm

March 24th                 6:00-8:00pm  


March/April Weekend Class (Sat/Sun)

March 27th                 10am-12pm

March 28th                 10am-12pm

April 3rd                     10am-12pm

April 4th                      10am-12pm


April Evening Class (Mon/Wed)

April 12th                    6:00-8:00pm

April 14th                    6:00-8:00pm

April 19th                    6:00-8:00pm 

April 21st                    6:00-8:00pm  


May Evening Class (Mon/Wed)

May 17th                    6:00-8:00pm

May 19th                    6:00-8:00pm

May 24th                    6:00-8:00pm

May 26th                    6:00-8:00pm  

Subject to change  

Upon registration, you will be sent details about each session, with instructions on how to prepare, what to bring, etc.

FLOAT TEST is required prior to first session.  Click here to get the form; "float test" is the second form in the list.  Please email completed form to pamn@rowrio.org   Participants may also bring a printout of the completed Float test to the first class.  If the completed float test is not received, the participant may not get in a boat.  They may observe and participate on land only.  No refund will be given if the participant does not have the completed float test.

Fitness Requirements:

Rowing is a physically demanding sport.  While people of all fitness levels can learn and excel in rowing, in order to avoid injury and prepare you for the class, it is highly recommended you are able to do the following, at a minimum, prior to the first class.
-- Able to lift 20-25 pounds and carry it on one shoulder as you walk for 5 minutes.
-- Able to do a full squat (go all the way down and back up) without support
-- Able to bend over and reach your hands to your knees or lower
-- Able to walk up one flight of stairs without using the railing

If you have any concerns about your ability to handle these physical requirements, please check with your medical provider prior to registering for the class.

COST:  $150.00 per person for the 4 session class.  All equipment is included.

Click here to register for Intro to Rowing

If you'd like to register a group of four on a session offered or for different dates, please email the Pam Neuharth at pamn@rowrio.org

Note: minimum class size is two participants.  If fewer than two people register by Saturday prior to the first class, the class may be cancelled.  In this event, registration fees can either be applied to a future class or refunded.

Questions?  Email pamn@rowrio.org




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