Taste of Rowing classes are just that... a taste! See and experience how rowers train on and off the water.


1 class

Instructional Time:

3 hours


Learn to Row classes offer a thorough introduction to the sport of rowing, and, we hope, a great way for you to join our club if you enjoy the sport.


8 classes over 3 weeks

Instructional Time:

13.5 hours


If interested in rowing at the middle or high school level check out our Junior Team!


multiple sessions per week

Instructional Time:

1-2 hours per session


Once you've learned some basics indoors, you'll go out in our very stable training boat, also known as a rowing "barge".  It is wide enough that your coaches will be able to walk right down the middle and give you individual, hands-on instruction. You'll see the river and downtown St Paul from a new perspective, and share your experience with up to other adventurous people.  This class is not a path to membership - it's designed to be a terrific, stand-alone experience.

Our Taste of Rowing classes are just 3 hours long, and you'll be amazed at how much you can learn in that time! 

Schedule: 1 class

Instructional Time: 3 hours



  • Must be able to swim and/or tread water for 15 minutes.

  • Must be at least 14 years old.

For additional details please see the More Information section below.

Sign up to get notified when registration opens. Once available, the registration link will appear below.



If you've always wanted to join a rowing team, this class is the place to start. Although there is no obligation to join the club, after completing Learn to Row, participants have the option to join the Minnesota Boat Club and continue rowing as a member of the Novice team.​ But, for now, this class with introduce you to all aspects of rowing technique.

We will start by teaching you good technique, and then (in the nicest possible way!) making sure you use it. We will also consistently use "real" rowing terminology so that if you do continue, you will already speak the language.  Understanding what your coach wants you to do is an essential first step towards being able to do it. Once basic technique has been established on our indoor rowing machines, the class will move to the water where participants will progress their technique using our stable training boats. If participant technique and class timeline permits, the class will conclude with time in a real rowing shell!

Schedule: 8 classes over 3 weeks

Instructional Time: 13.5 hours



  • Must be able to swim and/or tread water for 15 minutes.

  • Must be at least 14 years old.

For additional details please see the More Information section below.

Follow the link below to register. If all the Learn to Row spots are filled make sure to sign up for notifications by following the "Get Notified" link below.

Use the buttons below to register or, sign up to get notified when Learn to Row spots become available.





"Very good pace of introducing the skills."




  • Must be able to swim and/or tread water for 15 minutes.

  • Must be at least 14 years old. 



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


Waiting List

If the class you wanted to take is full, you can register and be placed on a waiting list.  If a space opens up, you will be contacted to see if you are still interested BEFORE you are charged anything or placed in the class.


Next Year

If our classes didn't work out for you this year, but you would like to be notified when our 2021 schedule comes out, please sign up to receive 


What to Wear and Bring

  • Wear old tennis shoes or other stable footwear (no sandals or flip-flops).

  • Wear fitted shorts, like Spandex, because looser clothes can get stuck in the moving parts of the rowing machines and boats.

  • Bring a water bottle; you can fill it up at the boathouse.


How to Find Us

Click here for detailed directions.​


Class Size

Due to COVID-19 the number of participants we accept per session will be determined closer to the event dates in order to comply with state and US Rowing guidelines.



Rowing is a weather-dependent 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 cannot offer make-up classes for individuals. Please choose a session that allows you to attend and participate in all the classes!



Boats come in different sizes.   The boats we use for our rowing classes can accommodate rowers up to 240 lbs. The maximum width for each seat in the boat is 24", or about the width of an easy chair.  Our equipment is not safe for anyone beyond those limitations.


Refund Policy

There is a non-refundable, $10 deposit included in your registration.  You can receive the remainder ($80 for Taste of Rowing; $215 for Learn to Row) back if you cancel your enrollment more than two weeks prior to your session. You will receive a 50% refund ($40 for Taste of Rowing; $112 for Learn to Row) 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 your session. Due to COVID-19, if you become ill or someone you're living with becomes ill, we will give a full refund (exempt from the $10 deposit). The cancellation must be made at least 24 hours before class.


Custom Classes

It's also possible to have us coordinate a class specifically for your group of 8-12 people. Maybe your cycling group, book club or golf buddies would like to take a rowing class with you.  We can try to have your class meet on 3 days and times that work the best for your group!