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, double and 4 person boats. Important aspects covered in the course include:

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

  • Rigging your boat

  • Launching and docking

  • Maneuverability 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 2nd. LTR consists of 5 lessons. The first lesson is 2 hrs long. Subsequent lessons are each 1.5 hrs. Check schedule for dates/times, and plan to attend all 5 lessons in your set.


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 $275. and includes your lessons plus membership in the Nelson Rowing Club. As a NRC member you will be registered with RCA (Canada’s national rowing organization). Your NRC membership entitles you to row for one year and allows you to participate in planned events such as organized rowing tours and our annual regatta.


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 2019 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 or phone 250 551-7148.

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


In response to the Covid 19 virus situation the Nelson Rowing Club has cancelled or postponed all rowing classes, programs and events until further notice.


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