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OKC RIVERSPORT is hosting a free Learn to Row Day on Saturday, June 1 at the Chesapeake Boathouse on the Oklahoma River. Free lessons will be offered from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to teach participants the basics of rowing.   

The session begins on land with an overview of the sport. Participants learn the basic rowing stroke on a land rowing machine. The classes will then move to the water using stable “oar boards.” New rowers will be able to take a few strokes on the water to experience what it’s like to row in a single.    

“You don’t have to be an athlete to make it happen,” explained RIVERSPORT Executive Director Mike Knopp. “Recreational rowers range in age from 12 to 90, it’s never too early or too late to take up the sport.”   

Extended Learn to Row lessons will be offered this summer for participants interested in getting involved in the sport. RIVERSPORT offers both recreational and competitive rowing programs for both youth and adults.    

Learn to Row Day is open to anyone ages 14 and older. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes, tennis shoes and socks, and to bring a hat, sunglasses, water bottle and sunscreen.   

Saturday, June 1, 2024
11:00a – 4:00p
Chesapeake Boathouse
725 S. Lincoln, Oklahoma City

RIVERSPORT is participating in US Rowing’s National Learn to Row initiative by offering free Learn to Row lessons. It’s a great opportunity to see if you’d like to get into the sport of rowing!

Participants will start on ergs – land rowing machines – to learn the basic motion, then move to Oar Boards to get on the water. A new innovation in rowing, these specially equipped paddle boards offer a stable platform for new rowers to practice the rowing stroke.

Learn to Row Day is free, but registration is required. The event is open to ages 14 and older. Participants should wear comfortable clothes, athletic shoes & socks, and bring a hat, sunglasses, water bottle & sunscreen.

If you’d like to continue with the sport, weekend-long Learn to Row classes for adults are available all summer; week-long rowing camps are offered for youth wanting to get into the sport. RIVERSPORT also offers both recreational and competitive rowing programs for youth and adults.

Wondering what you need to bring or wear? Check out our Rowing FAQ’s for all the answers.

The sessions are free, but pre-registration is required and can be done online at https://www.riversportokc.org/lessons/learn-to-row-day/ or call (405) 552-4040 to learn more.