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)

  • Rigging your boat

  • Launching and docking

  • Manoeuverability 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!

Program Details

Where? The Nelson Rowing Club is located at Lakeside Park between the Streetcar Barn and the Tennis Courts. Come to the main Boat Bay on the lake side of the building.


When? The first set of lessons begin on May 1st. LTR consists of 4 lessons. The first lesson is 2 hrs long. Subsequent lessons are each 1.5 hrs. Once registration and payment have been received you will be notified with details of your class schedule.


What to Bring?  Arrive at your lesson ready for exercise in comfortable clothing which is not too loose or baggy around the torso or wrists. Dress for the weather! Layers and a hat are recommended. Shoes are attached to the boats so bring socks, neoprene booties or water shoes. All other equipment including PFD’s are provided. Don't forget your water!


Cost? The cost is $280 and includes your lessons plus 1st years membership in the Nelson Rowing Club. Our rowing season typically finishes at the end of October. 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). Further information and learning opportunities are available to you by checking out their respective websites.


What Next? Once you have completed your lessons you will have lots of opportunity to practice your new skills with other experienced rowers. 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.


Why Join LTR?  Rowing increases physical fitness and builds strength, flexibility, mental alertness, confidence and discipline. Club participation provides fellowship and encourages the values of teamwork and commitment. The LTR promotes a healthy attitude toward sport and enhances an appreciation of our environment. Rowing is a “sport for life”.

How to Register?

Use this link to register:

Under the Programs heading, select LTR and Membership Package 2021 and click on Join.

Download and fill out the membership and registration form here

Let us know which class best suits your schedule by contacting us at

Payments can be made when you register on line by e-transfer to or by cash or cheque at your first lesson.

The Nelson Rowing Club reserves the right to cancel programs in the event of insufficient registration or by orders from the Provincial Health Authority, Rowing Canada Aviron, Rowing BC, or ViaSport as a result of the Covid19 pandemic.


The LTR program will begin in May once there are sufficient registrations. You will be contacted by your coach with exact dates before your lessons start. LTR is an ongoing program, and classes will be added accordingly throughout the rowing season for as long as participant interest continues. 


There are three options of set times for LTR classes. These are:

  • Tuesday and Thursday @6am (4 lessons in a 2 week period)

  • Tuesday and Thursday @6pm (4 lessons in a 2 week period)

  • Saturday and Sunday @10am (4 lessons in a 2 week period)