Learn to row

For May-August 2022, we are offering group lessons. After eight sessions, you will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of sculling (rowing with an oar in each hand).
  • Know what is like to row in a range of boats – quads, doubles, and singles. We have many stable boats suitable for learning, which means you don’t have to be an expert to row in a single.
  • Be able to join the club and take part in our member rows as soon as you complete the course – where you can continue to progress and develop your skills with our coaches.

The eight sessions run over a period of four to five weeks and cost $390. We receive support from the Government of Canada through the Canada Summer Jobs program, which allow us to employ coaches to run this programming. You must also join Rowing Canada Aviron ($25) and Rowing BC ($15) to be able to participate in any activity at the club.

You must be able to swim to take lessons at FCRC. Over the first six sessions you will learn how to row with up to seven other people, led by two of our coaches. These will take place twice a week for three weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings from either 4pm or 6.30pm. Each lesson lasts approximately 2 hours, but can run to 2.5 hours. We have a range of stable boats that are ideal to learn in – from crew boats designed for ocean rowing, to our Wavecutter singles that are designed with novice rowers in mind.

For your final two sessions, you will join our coached member rows. Here you will get the opportunity to continue learning with our coaches, but also experience what a member row is like, and meet and row with members of the club. You can check the schedule to see when member rows take place, and we ask that you join the member rows within two weeks of your sixth lesson.

Spaces for lessons are limited, and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Follow the links to reserve your space for your preferred date. You must create an account with RCA to sign up. Once you have reserved your space, you will receive electronic payment instructions. If we don’t receive payment within 24 hours, we will cancel the reservation.

You can check out the club schedule for full details of the lesson times for each group. When you know which group you would like to be a part of, you can follow the links below. You will need to create a RCA account in order to complete the booking.

Group 1: 4pm-6pm, starting May 3rd 2022

Group 2: 6.30-8.30pm, starting May 3rd 2022

Group 3: 4pm-6pm, starting May 24th 2022

Group 4: 6.30-8.30pm, starting May 24th 2022

Group 5: 4pm-6pm, starting June 14th 2022

Group 6: 6.30-8.30pm, starting June 14th 2022

Group 7: 4pm-6pm, starting July 5th 2022

Group 8: 6.30-8.30pm, starting July 5th 2022