Learn to Row

About Learn to Row

Bair Island Aquatic Center (BIAC) invites you to join us on the water! Register now for one of our spring or summer Masters Learn to Row classes. These classes offer an exceptional opportunity for adults (21 and older) of all abilities to experience this beautiful and traditional sport in a friendly, supportive environment. Rowing is a wonderful form of low-impact exercise. Classes are held in the waters surrounding Bair Island.

 Looking for juniors learn to row camps?
Norcal Crew offers summer rowing camps and Novice Crew for those under 21 throughout the school year:

Where and when?
 Learn to Row sessions are two days long. Classes are held on the weekends at BIAC in Redwood City. The Schedule tables show specific dates and times for all sessions.

What does it cost and what do I get? In addition to the Learn to Row classes, the $250 fee includes one month of coaching with our Novice Crew and a two-month BIAC trial membership.

Membership in BIAC includes access to our ergometers (rowing machines) and use of our sweep shells (boats).

Meet the boats, crew, and coaches. There are no prerequisites, other than the ability to swim 100 meters. We start with introductions to coaches, boats and crew (you!).

What will I learn? Rowers will learn sweep rowing (one oar per person) in a rowing shell. The first day, participants spend some time on land, learning the basic stroke on ergometers and getting familiar with the boats. The second day, most of the time is spent on the water. All sessions include instruction on dock safety, boat and oar handling, launching, basic rowing technique through drills and docking.

What should I wear and bring? Wear comfortable and close-fitting workout clothing. Bicycling gear is great for rowing. Loose or baggy clothing can get caught in the sliding seat or an oar handle. In colder weather, wear layers. Shoes should provide good traction and be able to get wet. However, they will be left on the dock while rowing.

Other articles to bring include a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and drinking water.

Where can I learn more about rowing and Bair Island?
Explore our website for more information about our programs and facility, as well as rowing terminology and equipment.

Here are a few pages newcomers might find fun and helpful:


Our Waters

Rowing Basics


Rowing Photo Gallery

2018 Schedule


Coming soon!

Our Learn to Row coordinator is Karen Dixon.
email: learntorow@gobair.org
phone: (650) 503-3261 

Summer Sessions
We offer Learn to Row sessions throughout the Summer. It's a great time to join us, meet our crew teams, and try a new sport.

10 AM - 1 PM
10 AM - 1 PM
National Learn to Row DayJun 02-
LTR #1Jun 09Jun 10
LTR #2Jul 21Jul 22
LTR #3
Aug 04Aug 05
LTR #4
Aug 11Aug 12
LTR #5Aug 25Aug 26
LTR #6 - CANCELLEDSep 08Sep 09

How to Sign Up for Learn to Row

  1. Check out Learn to Row/Scull for more information.
  2. If you have questions, email learntorow@gobair.org or call (650) 503-3261 to talk to a Learn to Row coordinator.
  3. To enroll in a Learn to Row session, click on the session above or go to our Events Page, find the session, click the Register button on the bottom left of the block, and complete the registration process.

Refund Policy
We offer a full refund up to one week before your session starts. We will refund $200 if you must cancel within a week of your session. No refunds are offered after the first day of class, although if necessary we will make every effort to reschedule you in a later session.

I am a Learn to Row graduate. What's next? After Learn to Row, you can join our Masters Novice Crew. The Novice Crew, like our more advanced crews, meets year-round in a coached program with technical instruction and planned workouts. Most rowing is in sweep boats (8+'s and 4+'s), with some time spent sculling (1x, 2x, 4x, two oars per person). The Novice Crew scrimmages with novices from other clubs and participates in local regattas in Masters Novice categories. We encourage you to take sculling lessons soon after you learn sweep rowing.

If you plan to join us as a full member after your three-month trial membership, consider volunteering at BIAC. This helps you fulfill a 12-hour annual volunteer requirement, and get to know our club and members. Here's where to log your volunteer hours.

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