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  • Learn To Row Water
  • Learn To Row Boats
  • Sunset Masters

Unlike other sports, rowing can be learned at any age and fitness level. Taking an introductory class with Row New York is a great way to get fit, have fun, and enjoy the beauty of the river against the backdrop of the city, a truly unique experience. These classes take place in the spring, summer, and fall at the Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse on the Harlem River in Upper Manhattan.

A big thank you to everyone who participated in our 2016 classes. Over 130 people got to experience rowing on the water with us and joined the Row New York community. Please check back in for details on the 2017 season! 

Level 1 – Intensive Learn-to-Row session, $125. All classes take place on Saturdays from 9:00am-1:00pm.

  • -One-day program.
  • -Learn basics of sweep rowing.
  • -Develop working knowledge of the sport including vocabulary and equipment.
  • -Learn proper rowing technique on land and on the water.
  • -Advance to water on a stable rowing barge to develop on-water technique.

This session prepares participants for our Level 2 course, in which advanced rowing skills are acquired on the water. Questions about Learn-to-Row? Visit our Q&A page.

Interested in Learn-to-Row 1 class? Please check back in for our next scheduled course or contact our Director of Community Rowing, Matt Logue, at matt@rownewyork.org for more information.


Level 2 – Learn-to-Row 2 picks up where Learn-to-Row 1 left off.  Participants will continue to enhance their rowing technique and boat moving skills in this 8-session course. The majority of the time will be spent on the water with increased focus on working together, developing rhythm, and building the power to move the boat. All classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8pm.

After completing Learn-to-Row 2, participants will have the opportunity to continue rowing with our Recreational Masters program.

The prerequisite for this course is our Learn-to-Row 1 program. Questions about Learn-to-Row? Visit our Q&A page

Interested in Learn-to-Row 2? Please check back in for our next scheduled course or contact our Director of Community Rowing, Matt Logue, at matt@rownewyork.org for more information.


Please wear clothing that you can get wet or muddy, and keep in mind that form-fitting clothing such as spandex is less likely to get in the way during rowing. We row on the water in all weather except in instances of thunder and lightning or severe wind, when we train indoors on rowing machines. On-water classes are not rescheduled due to weather.

Since the skills you learn in rowing are cumulative, it is important that you make every effort to come to every class. Note that we do not offer make-up classes. If fewer than ten people register for a particular class, the class will be cancelled and participants will be invited to attend a different session. If registrants are not available for a future class, a refund will be issued.

A service fee of $50 will apply to all other refunds granted more than two weeks prior to the start of a session. If a registrant withdraws less than two weeks before class starts and we cannot fill your spot, a refund will not be granted.