Learn to Row

2020 Beginning Adult Scull & Sweep Classes
Saturday/Sunday AM & Tuesday/Thursday PM Options

The sculling course introduces sculling technique, terminology, and water safety using recreational singles. Small class size ensures individual attention and rapid progression. Class minimum is 3 and is maximum 5.

The sweep course introduces sweep rowing (team boat) technique, terminology, and water safety using a training barge, then moving quickly into the sleek racing shells. Class minimum is 4 and maximum 8.

To register or find out more information about the classes, please contact at [email protected] or call Chris at 858-352-8380.

Weekend Schedule
Dates (All Dates Listed) Scull I Scull II Time Cost
Nov 21/22, 28/29 Full   7-9am $160
Nov 22, 29, Dec 6, 13   Full 9-11am $160
Dec 5/6, 12/13 Full   7-9am $160

To Register and for more information email [email protected] or call 858-352-8380.

What to wear:  Rowing has many moving parts. Appropriate rowing attire includes snug fitting cloths, so they do not get caught in the rigging. Spandex shorts are best and a tighter fitting shirt.

What to bring:  An extra pair of socks (they will get wet), water bottle, sunscreen and sunglasses.  You may want to bring a change of clothes, lockers rooms with hot showers are available.


On the first day of class, you must pass a functional assessment to determine your physical ability to participate safely in these classes. Rowing is a physically demanding and challenging sport to learn and will place a strain on your body.  The boats and equipment are designed such that are able to accommodate persons within a specified range of height, weight, and body size.  In general, the body weight limit is 230 lbs unless well over 6′ tall.  For your own safety, SDRC reserves the right to decline your participation in these classes (in which case you will receive a full refund). Must be able to swim 50 yards in the bay.

Mail full payment to:
San Diego Rowing Club
P.O. Box 99856
San Diego, CA 92169


Private Lessons

Private lessons are available for $60/lesson for members and $80/lesson for non-members.
Member Group lessons are $60/lesson the first person and $30 for each additional person, up to 4 people.
Non Member Group lessons are $80/lesson the first person and $40 for each additional person, up to 4 people.

Bigger groups can be accommodated but please contact SDRC to arrange. We also have Team Building Events available for much larger groups.

To become a member of the San Diego Rowing Club you must complete the Scull I & Scull II classes (or take six private lessons). To participate in the adult recreational rowing programs you must be a member and complete Sculling and Sweep Rowing classes. Be prepared to take a “flip test” (self-rescue in and out of rowing shell before joining the club). Shower and changing facilities are available at the rowing club.