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Learn to row in San Diego

Enjoy our sport in one of the most iconic watersport venues in the nation on Mission Bay, or with stunning views of Coronado and downtown San Diego on San Diego Bay

Want to learn how to row? Rowing is a full body workout that blends power and cardiovascular endurance. It is a lifelong sport available to people of almost any age, and provides opportunities for both community and camaraderie, as well as independent focus and development.

The San Diego Crew Classic, along with Pride Sprints, are proud to support FREE Learn to Row events on Mission Bay and San Diego Bay to provide introductory experiences to people who are interested in learning about the sport. Click the links below to learn more about local learn to row events.

San Diego Rowing Club

1220 El Carmel Pl., San Diego, CA 92019

ZLAC Rowing Club

1111 Pacific Beach Dr., San Diego, CA 92109

Community Rowing San Diego

3300 Pepper Park Pl., National City, CA 91950


What does a Learn to Row session entail?

A Learn to Row session will be conducted and supervised by experienced rowing coaches and rowers from local rowing clubs. Participants will learn about rowing equipment (boats, oars, coaching launches, indoor rowing machines etc.) and how to handle equipment safely and properly.

The session will include a land component to cover safety and rowing technique before moving to on the water rowing. Participants will work together with experienced rowers to load the boats and oars into the water, and take their first strokes!

What should I bring?

  • Comfortable athletic clothing and shoes that may get wet, sweaty or sandy
  • Close fitting clothing like lycra is recommended but not required; very loose or oversized clothing is not recommended (basketball shorts, baggy sweatshirts, etc.)
  • Sun protection: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm
  • Weather-appropriate outdoor gear (rain gear, layers etc.) – Learn to Row is a rain or shine event!
  • Refillable water bottle

Do I need any previous experience?

No! Learn to Row programs are meant for true novices who are being introduced to the sport for the first time. Participants with past rowing experience are also welcome, but experience is not required.

Are there health or accessibility limitations for participants?

All participants will be required to sign a waiver of liability prior to joining the Learn to Row session. Participants should consult their physicians before engaging in a new exercise routine.

For participants requiring disability access or adaptive equipment, please contact us directly so we can arrange for accommodation:

Are there age restrictions?

Learn to Row is open to people ages 13 and up.

What are the swimming requirements?

Learn to Row participants should not expect to be submerged in the water during their session, but as with any water sport, capsizing is always a possibility. Participants must be able to swim competently, and sign a waiver stating as such; participants who are not able to swim but still want to participate in Learn to Row must consent to wearing PFD for the duration of the on the water segment of the program.


Pride Sprints

San Diego Crew Classic