Learn To Row Program

The Kelowna Rowing Club has multiple certified coaches to help you experience the fun of rowing on Lake Okanagan. It’s surprising to us how many people think rowing is some kind of elite sport only suitable for those with Olympian dispositions and strong backs - not true!

Age range is from teens to seniors, from racing to just enjoying the water in a single or with a crew of 4. No special aerobic training is required- just regular folks who want to experience the fastest human powered craft on the lake.

The LTR program begins on a stationary rower (ERG) to help teach the basic rowing sequence but quickly progresses to the lake in our single or double training shells fitted with pontoons.


From one of our Coach boats over a series of 6 1.5 hour sessions we will help you become proficient at the rowing stroke while gaining confidence on the water in a rowing shell.


Upon completion you have the bragging rights to say you are now a Novice Rower or if you like you can apply the cost of your LTR training towards a club membership (making your LTR lessons free) and row for the entire season!


If this sounds like fun you can continue with the registration process below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need prior experience to join the Learn to Row program?

Not at all! Our program welcomes everyone, whether you're a complete beginner or have some prior experience. Our certified coaches will guide you through every step of the process, ensuring a smooth learning experience.

What equipment do I need for the Learn to Row program?

We provide all the necessary equipment, including rowing shells, oars, and safety gear. You just need to come dressed in comfortable athletic clothing and bring a water bottle.

What age groups participate in the Learn to Row program?

Our program is open to a wide range of ages, from teens to seniors. Whether you're a high school student looking to try something new or a retiree seeking an enjoyable outdoor activity, there's a place for you in our program.

Is rowing only for competitive athletes?

Absolutely not! While we do offer opportunities for competitive racing, our program is designed for everyone, regardless of their fitness level or athletic background. Whether you're interested in casual rowing for recreation or have aspirations for competition, we have options to suit your goals. Check out our programs below for more info

How does the Learn to Row program work?

The program begins with a land session on a stationary rower (ERG) to teach the basic rowing technique. As you progress, you'll transition to the water in our training shells, accompanied by our coaches in coach boats. Over six sessions, you'll learn and refine your rowing skills while gaining confidence on the water.

What happens after completing the Learn to Row program?

Upon completion, you'll have the skills and confidence to consider yourself a Novice Rower. You can choose to continue rowing by applying the cost of your Learn to Row training towards a club membership, essentially making your Learn to Row lessons free. This allows you to row for the entire season and become part of our rowing community.

  • Learn To Row #4

    Saturday and Sunday mornings

    9:00 am to 11:00 am

    May 18, 19, 25, 26

  • Learn To Row #5

    Wednesday and Friday mornings

    6:00 am to 7:30 am

    May 22, 24, 29, 31
    June 5, 7



Member registration for 2024 is open to all experienced rowers - novice, recreational, university and competitive adults and youth. This includes rowers who completed Learn to Row in a prior season, and rowers who have any past school, university or club rowing experience.

***Spring Learn to Row courses are available to join now***

Register on the RCA Web Registration System:

  1. Register with Rowing Canada Aviron
  2. Pay online
For registration help and other payment options, click here.

    It is helpful to review the Rowing Canada Safety Modules

    Members must be in good standing and registration must be complete at least 48 hours prior to your first program session date. This activates your "on-the-water insurance". You cannot participate in our programming without activated insurance. Payment must be received before starting your program.

    • Recreational

      Enjoy the serene waters of Okanagan Lake with our recreational rowing programs.

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    • Youth

      Engage in our youth programs designed to foster a love for rowing among your enthusiasts.

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    • Competitive

      Challenge yourself with our competitive programs aimed at enhancing your rowing skills.

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