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About the 2020 Learn-To-Row program at CLRA:
Normally around this time of the year we would have a Learn-To-Row weekend at the Princeton University Boathouse.
During that event we would demonstrate what the sport of Rowing is all about, including presentations, as well as live and hands-on demonstrations of indoor and outdoor rowing equipment.
Alas, this year is not normal in any way, but we still want to promote the sport we all love in the hope that we will soon be able to get back to it.
Therefore we will have an online event and we hope that you will join us !  Saturday, June 20, 2020,  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM.  See the club video here.
During the video event we will give a short presentation about how to start learning to row. We will likely also show some videos taken during CLRA's practices (last year) to show what 
our daily rowing practice - normally - looks like. 
We will - of course - also discuss our plans for LTR this year: We're committed to having a LTR class, but we have to be flexible with scheduling as we will only find out  in July if and when the
Boathouse will be opened again.
If you'd like to participate in the event please email our club at:
We will record the event and will post a link to the recording on this page when we can.
The CLRA LTR committee.


Carnegie Lake Rowing Association (CLRA) conducts a Learn-to-Row Program to teach the sport of rowing to individuals without any rowing experience. Our aim is to attract new club members of any age who are or want to be physically fit, like an outdoor water sport, and are aware of the significant time commitment rowing requires. If this resonates with you, then we cordially invite you to apply to our Learn-to-Row Program (LTR). You will enjoy it!

The LTR program runs once a year, from mid-September through late December.  We start with a weekend course (a full day on Saturday September 7, 2019 and the afternoon of Sunday September 8, 2019). Participation in that weekend is mandatory and includes land and on-the-water introductions to rowing. After the weekend, the training sessions are scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 5:30 AM and Sunday afternoons at 2 PM.  Training sessions last approximately 90 minutes. The morning sessions finished no later than 7:00 AM. On-the-water sessions end on Thanksgiving, at which time you can participate in a friendly scrimmage (annual CLRA Turkey Row) with club members. After Thanksgiving, we transition to indoor training and conditioning sessions on rowing machines.
The number of participants in our LTR program is limited to 45 individuals, due to the number of boats and coaches. We work under the principle of first-come, first serve (based on submission of payment)and we notify all applicants about their status when we close registration. When we exceed our capacity (45) you are put on a waiting list (in a chronological order).  When a participant withdraws prior to the start of the program, we will refund you (minus a $20 administrative fee). We don’t provide any refund once the program has started (Saturday of the Learn-To-Row Week End). 
You must successfully complete a swim test which consists of being observed by a certified lifeguard who states that you can stay afloat, head above water for a period of ten minutes. This requirement can be completed at any public (YMCA, YWCA, recreation de­partment, etc.) or private (country club, hotel or swim club) pool. 
Click here for the 2019 Learn-to-Row Application. After you complete the online registration process and make a payment of $375 by credit card you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the swim test form.  Print out the swim test form and bring the completed form when you start the program (Learn-To-Row Week End).  A completed swim test form must be received before you can participate in the program

Complete the application and submit your payment of $375 before August 15.  All applications are finalized by August 20 (or later in case we still have openings, but in general we reach capacity by mid August).During the last week of August you will receive an email indicating that you have been accepted or not.
Requirements for joining the Learn-to-Row Program:
1.             Be one of the first 45 completed applications
2.             Payment of the all inclusive Learn-to-Row program fee ($375)
3.             Participate in the mandatory LTR weekend
4.             Swim test successfully completed
5.             Minimum Age:  High school student (we recommend Jr. or Sr.) or older
6.             Be in good physical condition and able to lift and carry 30 pounds over your head.

Requirements for successfully completing the Learn-to-Row Program:
1.    Complete a minimum of 10 on-the-water rowing sessions before Thanksgiving. 
a.    There are ap­proximately 25 plus opportunities to row on-the-water. Make sure that your personal schedule and any traveling require­ments will allow you to meet these goals. 
b.    Many Sundays are not available due to regatta conflicts so every participant should row at least one additional time during the week.
2.     Participate regularly. Our Learn-to-Row program is structured so that new skills are introduced each week and you should partici­pate weekly. There is a progressive increase in training regimen and skill acquisition. 
3.    Final evaluation from the coach(es) as having learned the basics of rowing. 
What do we expect at LTR?
1.    When you sign up, you show up (it’s a team sport)
2.    You like being outside, even in bad weather
3.    You are timely, 5:30 AM = 5:30 AM!
4.    You like teamwork and you work cooperatively
5.    You like improving your physical fitness
6.    You like receiving guidance from a coach
7.    You like learning a new skill and taking on a new challenge
8.    You like having fun
9.     You like meeting new people

If after reading this you are still excited then continue with the submission process and you will absolutely enjoy our Learn-to-Row program. Rowing is a life-changing activity that shapes the body and the mind.

We look forward to seeing you and are excited that you are interested in rowing. Please contact us if you have a specific question. All communications with CLRA occur through email, we do not provide a phone number.  Contact us at
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Sincerely, the LTR Committee

Patrick De Deyne
Frank Hoffmann
Rene Kraus
Veronipue Oomen
Susan Weinstein


It's a big commitment, and it is as rewarding as it is challenging. Makes getting up at 4:45 a.m. amazingly easy and a lot of fun.

It's hard work that rewards you with a feeling of accomplishment. It's a social activity that provides an opportunity for building new relationships. It's spiritual - I really like the lake in the early morning.

I was pleasantly surprised how organized the program was. I never expected that a group of people would have so much passion about an extra-curricular activity. I never expected to get the level of coaching that we got over the past 3 months. It was great.

I was a little surprised at how physically demanding the program is. I think it should be to achieve the desired results.

The coaches pushed us in an encouraging and patient manner bringing out our best.

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