Minnesota Boat Club   Rowing in St. Paul since 1870

Adult Learn to Row/Scull Classes  

2014 Classes

The dock is out and the 2014 season is over!  You can learn more about our classes below. If you'd like to receive an email in the spring when our 2015 schedule is available, please send an email to learntorow@boatclub.org with "2015 Schedule" in the subject line.

Learn to Row

Learn to Row classes teach sweep rowing, which is a team sport where each rower has one oar. This class will introduce you to rowing technique, terminology and equipment, and engage you in a rigerous exercise that uses all of your major muscle groups.

Students begin learning on an indoor rowing machine, then move to a rowing training-barge out on the mighty Mississippi River. The final days of the class will be in an 8 person rowing shell! Our instructors are experienced rowers who will guide you through each step.

Competitive rowers are among the most fit athletes there are. Even at the beginner level, some basic strength and fitness is required. If your idea of exercise is a quiet stroll around the block after dinner, or if you have trouble getting up off the floor or going up/down a flight of stairs, this class is probably too demanding for you at this time. If you already lead an active lifestyle and enjoy activities like biking, swimming, hiking, or even playing with kids all day, you're ready to have a great experience while learning to row.

Each Learn To Row session consists of 8 classes (13 hours) over 2 1/2 weeks.

After completing a Learn to Row session, you will have enough basic skill to row at the Novice level.  We invite you to row with our Novice Team for the week following your class, at no additional charge. Graduates are also welcome to become members of the Minnesota Boat Club.  You will receive more details from the coach of your session.

We are offering 5 Learn to Row sessions in 2014. Please check the dates and times carefully; classes are most successful when everyone can attend each day!

Sessions A and C are held on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.

June 3

Times   Session A
  Session C
6 - 7 p.m. T May 27 T July 8
6 - 7:30 p.m. Th May 29 Th July 10
10 a.m. - noon Sa May 31 Sa July 12
6 - 7:30 p.m. T June 3 T July 15
6 - 7:30 p.m. Th June 5 Th July 17
10 a.m. - noon Sa June 7 Sa July 19
6 - 8 p.m. T June 10 T July 22
6 - 7:30 p.m. Th June 12 Th July 24


Sessions B, D and F are weeknights only: Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

Times   Session B
  Session D
  Session F
6 - 7 p.m. M June 2 M July 14 M August 4
6 - 7:30 p.m. W June 4 W July 16 W August 6
6 - 7:30 p.m. F June 6 F July 18 F August 8
6 - 7:30 p.m. M June 9 M July 21 M August 11
6 - 7:30 p.m. W June 11 W July 23 W August 13
6 - 8 p.m. F June 13 F July 25 F August 15
6 - 8 p.m. M June 16 M July 28 M August 18
6 - 8 p.m. W June 18 W July 30 W August 20


Learn to Scull

In sculling, each person has two oars.  Sculling boats come in three sizes:  1 person, 2 person & 4 person.  Our classes are taught in individual boats, on Lake Phalen in St Paul.  The Minnesota Boat Club may be offering additional semi-private sculling lessons, also in individual boats, over the summer.  If you would like to be notified of future opportunities to learn to scull, please send an email with "Sculling" in the memo line to: learntorow@boatclub.org   Our Club and Competitieve rowing teams also spend some time in sculling boats.

Times   Session I
  Session II
8 - 9:30 a.m. T June 17 T July 8
8 - 9:30 a.m. W June 18 W July 9
8 - 9:30 a.m. Th June 19 Th July 10
8 - 9:30 a.m. T June 24 T July 15
8 - 9:30 a.m. W June 25 W July 16
8 - 9:30 a.m. Th June 26 Th July 17


General Information


Students must be able to swim and/or tread water for 15 minutes.

Students must be at least 14 years old.  (13 - 18 year olds, consider our one-day High School Learn To Row Classes.)

Class Size

Each session will have 8 to 12 students and 1 or 2 instructors.

Course Fee

The course fee for each Learn To Row or Learn to Scull session is $220.


After you register for a session someone will contact you via email, usually within 1 business day, to confirm your spot.


Meet at the Minnesota Boat Club, on Raspberry Island (under the Wabasha Street bridge) in St Paul. Please check the directions under "Contact" on our  home page; your GPS probably won't find us by address!

What to Wear/Bring

Wear old tennis shoes or other stable footwear.  (No sandles or flipflops.)  You should also wear fitted shorts, like Spandex, because looser clothes can get stuck in the moving parts of the rowing machines and boats.  If you have a water bottle it's good to bring it.  There is water available at the club.

Waiting List

If the session you wanted to take is full, you can register and be placed on the waiting list.  If a space opens up, we will contact you to confirm your interest BEFORE you are charged anything or placed in the class.


Rowing is a weather-dependant sport, but classes will be held rain or shine, with as much time as possible spent in boats.

Make-Up Classes

Because this is a team sport, we can not offer make-up classes for individuals.  Please choose a session that allows you to attend and participate in all the classes!

Refund Policy

You can receive a full refund if you cancel your enrollment more than two weeks prior to your session. You will receive a 50% refund ($110) if you cancel 8 to 14 days before the start of your session. No refund will be given if you cancel during the week before you session.

Contact us

If you have any other questions, please contact the School of Rowing coordinator, Kerry, at learntorow@boatclub.org