Next LTR Program: September 2023 (6-month program) is SOLD OUT
Weekend Intensive: September 23-24, 2023 (SOLD OUT)
The Learn-to-Row program is 6 months long and includes a one weekend (Saturday and Sunday) intensive called LTR Weekend followed by 6-months of practice rows. The $300 weekend fee covers only the weekend intensive and following 1 week of rowing. This event typically sells out within a couple of minutes of registration opening. We ask that only those that are willing to commit to the entire program apply.
The LTR program begins with an orientation weekend intensive, held from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Attendance both days is MANDATORY. Please do not apply if you are unsure that you can be there for the entire weekend session. Orientation culminates with a fun club-wide barbecue that allows new rowers to meet club members.
What can you expect on LTR weekend?
You will learn fundamentals of rowing, boat-handling skills and safety. Rowing technique is practiced first on the ergometer (rowing machine) and then you will actually get into a boat and ROW on the water! Despite how easy rowing may appear, this sport is highly technical, taking many years to master. There is so much to learn including the language of rowing, stroke sequence, balancing the boat (setting), and technical detail. You should be willing to work on technique for the first month or two of rowing. The intense cardio workout will come after that. If you are looking only for cardio you may want to consider sticking with rowing machines (ergs).
What should I wear/bring?
To participate in the LTR program, individuals are required to:
What is the cost of the Learn To Row orientation?
The LTR weekend intensive is $300 per rower, which includes the orientation weekend and two free rows the following week. Payment is required at the time of registration and is non-refundable. You will also be required to sign up for a USRowing membership which costs $20.
What is the cost of continuing in the LTR program?
After orientation, LTR rowers, like all other LARC members, pay $240 (this will increase a bit in 2023) for the next 6 months of LTR rowing. There will also be a required $100 coaching fee which covers the 6-month period.
What does rowing look like?
How do I prepare for participating in the Learn-to-Row Program?
Have you ever been on a rowing machine (erg) in a gym or have you taken a rowing class? If not, we encourage you to try the erg (land rowing) before the Learn To Row weekend. Most fitness centers have ergs available as part of their workout equipment. You can also go to iROW Fitness Studio in Los Angeles and rent time on equipment without having a membership. Here’s an example of good technique on the erg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQ82RYIFLN8
How can I increase my odds of getting a spot in the next Learn-to-Row Program?
We know that spots filling up quickly can be very frustrating for those who have made previous attempts to get into the program. Therefore, we are offering an additional, early registration date for those who have signed up for a package of erg (rowing machine) or sculling classes. These spots are limited; however, if you are unable to secure a spot during early registration, you will have another chance to try for a spot during open registration. We do not offer erg or sculling classes at LARC, but below is a list of places that do:
UCLA Marine Aquatic Center (MAC) https://www.recreation.ucla.edu/mac#16942732-rowing
Erg Classes and Sculling:
The Row House
This location offers a variety of erg classes. Their Full Row class would be most beneficial for LTRs. They often have deals and discounts on packages as well.
These classes are not mandatory and are not affiliated with LARC. Registration for our LTR classes is still open to everyone. This is just an option for those that want to increase their chances of securing a spot in the LTR program. Please note you will still need to pay the LTR registration fee for LTR Weekend by completing online registration on the date(s) mentioned above.
In order to qualify for priority early registration, you must forward Marygrace Coquia (our VP of Membership) at firstname.lastname@example.org the confirmation email that you are enrolled in an erg or sculling class. You may also take a package of erg or sculling classes elsewhere and be eligible for early registration as long as you forward the confirmation to Marygrace. The early registration date will then be emailed to you.
Erg and/or sculling lessons will be very helpful for learning how to sweep row because you will have learned and been able to practice the basic body mechanics of rowing prior to joining LTR.