Learn To Row: January 2017

Don’t miss this chance to try something new in 2017! Join us for a 7-session Learn To Row Program starting Sunday, 1/8. (Space is limited.)

(Video credit: 2014 Masters novice Allison Lowen)

Start your new year by learning how to row on the amazing Oakland Estuary, the Bay Area’s best and most historic location for rowing.

Our master’s program is conducting a 7-session Learn To Row session (spread over 2 weeks) for men and women. Sign up now — our next Learn To Row won’t be until June.


You, as long as you’re 22 or older (USRowing rules). No experience necessary, all fitness levels welcome. EBRC is a community club open to rowers of all sorts; we do race competitively, but racing is not required.


Your Learn To Row session begins with learning boat handling, terminology, and the rowing stroke. You’ll do some calisthenics and spend some time on an erg (an indoor rowing machine…although we use them outdoors when weather permits!) to get a feel for the parts of the stroke. You’ll take your first strokes from our novice barge, where you’ll begin to get comfortable being on the water and handling oars.

Over the 2 weeks, you will deepen your understanding; have time to interact with the men and women in the novice, competitive, and club programs during their regular practice times (please ask questions!); and prepare to take out a real training shell — an 8+ — like the ones you see in the video above.

Your coach for this session is Sara Nevin, head coach for the Mills Cyclones, former collegiate champion rower, and EBRC Board member. Coach Sara brings to our boathouse not only a lifetime of experience, but also a particular passion for introducing novices to the sport.


Sunday, 1/8: 8 – 11 am
Monday, 1/9: 5:20 – 7:30 am
Thursday, 1/12: 5:20 – 7:30 am
Sunday, 1/15: 8 – 11 am
Monday, 1/162: 5:20 – 7:30 am
Thursday, 1/19: 5:20 – 7:30 am
Sunday, 1/22: 8 – 11 am


Jack London Aquatic Center,
115 Embarcadero
Oakland, CA 94607


The fee for this 7-session program is $150. The full fee must be paid in advance of the first session. Class size is limited to the first 30 paid registrations.


Get ready in advance! Print, complete, and sign your Registration packet, including the waivers. This is required — please bring the packet with you on 1/8.

What to wear and bring:

Layered comfortable but fitted clothing, hat, socks, sunglasses, and a bottle of water. (It can get chilly out there in January, but the sunrise is worth it.)


Send an email to info@easybayrowing.com.

See you on the water!