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Adult Learn to Row

The Nelson Rowing Club offers adults (19+ yrs) the Learn to Row (LTR) program. This program teaches and encourages the sport of rowing on the beautiful Kootenay Lake.

In the safe environment of LTR you will learn basic sculling technique in single person rowing boats. Important aspects covered in the course include:

  • Careful boat-handling (moving your boat from rack to water)

  • Launching and docking

  • Maneuvering on the water

  • Understanding the terminology specific to rowing and the equipment used.


It's all about fun, safety, personal challenge, and participation in a healthy outdoor activity!

Rowing is a life-long sport!  It promotes balance, strength, focus, and allows rowers to push themselves as they see fit - to get a work out or to take it easy and appreciate the lake.

Program Details

Where? The Nelson Rowing Club is located at Lakeside Park. We're the blue barn between the Streetcar Barn and the Tennis Courts.


When? Each LTR program is 12 hours of instruction delivered in two-hour lessons - two lessons each week for three weeks. The LTR courses this year are:

6am weekday - May

Tuesday and Thursday 6am - 8am

May 7 - May 23

6pm weekday - May

Tuesday and Thursday 6pm - 8pm

May 7 - May 23

10am weekend - May

Saturday and Sunday 10am - 12pm 

May 11 - May 26

6am weekday - June

Tuesday and Thursday 6am - 8am

June 4 - June 20

6pm weekday - June

Tuesday and Thursday 6pm - 8pm

June 4 - June 20

10am weekend - June

Saturday and Sunday 10am - 12pm 

June 8 - June 23

What to Bring?  All equipment is provided, including personal flotation devices.  You'll need to dress for outdoor exercise.


Cost? The cost is $325 and includes your lessons and a 2024 membership in the Nelson Rowing Club. As a NRC member you will be automatically registered as a member of our sport's provincial and national organizations (Rowing BC and Rowing Canada Aviron).


And then what? Once you have completed the LTR program you will have lots of opportunity to row with others in the club before the season ends in October. Your coach will let you know how to connect with the general membership to set up rowing dates. Further coaching and group sessions will be arranged as needed.

How to Register?

Please Contact Us for scheduling information and Availability. 

Click here to register

Under the Programs heading, select the LTR program that matches your schedule.  After you register for the program, look for the prompt to pay by credit card. Email us if you need to pay by another method.

The Nelson Rowing Club reserves the right to cancel programs in the event of insufficient registration or scheduling conflicts.

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