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The MRRA Learn-To-Sweep program has openings for anyone 18 or older who wants to learn how to row in a team-oriented and low-pressure learning environment. The program runs for 4 week sessions beginning on Mondays in June and meets twice per week, Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:00pm sharp to 8:00pm. Weather permitting, all sessions are conducted on the water with Coach providing instruction from a launch.

In this program, the student will learn the very basics of rowing, including basic safety precautions, terminology of the sport and the essential mechanics of the art of rowing. You'll spend most of each session on the water in a relaxed learning environment that will give you a good foundation about the sport, and a great low-impact aerobic workout. For those inclined to continue rowing after LTSWEEP, the MRRA also offers Masters Sweep for the duration of the summer and into the fall racing season.

We love coxswains. If you are a college student with some coxswain experience and would like to improve your skills under the direction of professional coaching in a low-stress beginner boat, this program is for you.

Program Details

  • Program runs Mon/Wed 6:00pm to 8pm for four weeks
  • Cost is $125 per person. BRING A FRIEND and you both row for $99 each!
  • No experience is necessary, but reasonable fitness and flexibility is a plus.
  • Expect to be on the water for at least an hour to 90 minutes in each session. Coaching instruction will be mixed with drills and short workout pieces, providing a good mix of instruction and exercise.
  • Capacity in the program is limited - first-come, first-served basis.
  • Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The classic "eight" sweep boat. Eight rowers, one oar each plus a coxswain.

The "four" is composed of four rowers with one oar each. In the "4-" or "straight four", there is no coxswain, in the "4+" there is a coxswain steering the boat.


The 2018 Season dates are as follows:

  • At minimum, the program will have eight sessions and meet twice per week, starting on Monday evenings and running for 4 weeks.
  • A reliable attendance pattern is expected of all participants.
LTSWEEP I - June 11 thru July 9, Mon/Wed, no class on July 4. Beginner level, no experience required.
LTSWEEP II - July 11 thru August 06. Continuing Sweep - Prerequisite is LTSWEEP I.
LTSWEEP III - August 8 thru September 5, Mon/Wed, no class on Sept. 3. Continuing Sweep - Prerequisite is LTSWEEP II.

About Sweep Rowing

Sweep is the act of rowing with a single oar per person in a multi-person boat. In our popular Learn To Sweep 4-week session, participants will learn to row an "eight" in a coxswain piloted boat, building on technique and teamwork to achieve the balance and speed that is the essence of the sport.

Questions? If you are interested in participating, write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to be put on the list and reserve your place in the queue. And please take a moment to review the paperwork requirements in advance of the program. Most notably, a swim test certification from your local YMCA will be required.

Program cost is Per Individual; there is no discount for additional family members. This four week session meets twice per week, usually two evenings per week. Additional sessions will be made available during the program. The program is limited to 12-16 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your name, date of birth, and contact information for more information.


Last Updated on Friday, 16 March 2018 22:43