Visit Your Local Boat Club for National Learn to Row Day, Saturday, June 1, 2024

Each year, on the first Saturday in June, the rowing community bands together to share the joy of our sport with others for National Learn to Row Day. Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 1, 2024, to participate in this annual tradition, organized by U.S. Rowing and Concept 2 Inc. in an effort to introduce the sport of rowing to people of all ages and fitness levels. This year’s theme is “A Seat in the Boat for Everyone,” which aligns with U.S. Rowing’s #UnitedWeRow initiative.

How to Host a Learn to Row Event

For rowing groups looking to host a Learn to Row event, U.S. Rowing and Concept 2 have assembled resources for planning and advertising to the local community. They are also incorporating several giveaways into the mix to motivate clubs to get into the LTR spirit. The first giveaway invites club leaders to complete U.S. Rowing’s “Opening the Boathouse Doors” course, available on The Launch platform within U.S. Rowing’s member portal, by June 1, for the chance to win a brand new Concept2 RowErg.

Starting Friday, May 17, rowing groups can reshare, via Instagram stories, a list of resources for organizations looking to diversify their boathouse for a second drawing with a new Concept 2 RowErg as the prize. A final sweepstakes invites people to let @USRowing and @Concept2 know they are participating in Learn to Row day by tagging both groups in a post on Instagram stories. The prize is also a brand-new Concept 2 RowErg machine.

Find a Learn to Row Event Near You

As a company founded by rowers for rowers, Rowing Pad is passionate about championing our sport and is many benefits. Rowing connects you to nature and provides a full-body workout. Even if you don’t think you have access to a waterway for rowing nearby, you might be surprised to learn that a rowing club is operating somewhere not too far—many different types of rivers, lakes, bays, inlets, and more can be used for rowing. It’s an excellent activity for pre-teens and teens in search of a challenge and plenty of camaraderie. And of course, rowing is equally rewarding for adults of all ages—our community is incredibly welcoming!

Here in the Granite State, where Rowing Pad is located, we have a rich rowing heritage, with well-run high school and collegiate programs and an abundance of scenic waterways. Many rowing clubs in New Hampshire and the surrounding areas pull out all the stops for Learn to Row day each year, as they seek to connect with potential new participants in their communities and make rowing accessible for all. Check out our roundup of regional Learn to Row events taking place June 1, 2024. (Tell them your friends at Rowing Pad sent you!)

Looking to row in another location? Use U.S. Rowing’s map (featured toward the bottom of the LTR site) to find a boat club near you and check out the offerings for new rowers. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to try something new or to share your love for rowing with someone you think might enjoy it. Happy rowing to all for the 2024 Learn to Row. Always remember to grab your Rowing Pad boat or erg pad before setting off on your next adventure.

Follow US Rowing @usrowing and @concept2inc on Instagram for more details.

GREAT BAY ROWING CLUB (DOVER, NH)

Join Great Bay Rowing Club at the Community Trail Entrance at the Dover Transportation Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 1. An exciting feature of this year’s event is that local author and GBR rower Linnea Hartsuyker will be giving a talk on rowing in the time of the Vikings. GBR coaches and athletes will give demonstrations and offer community members a chance to try rowing for themselves!

This wonderful non-profit local club, which rows on the Cocheco River, offers everything from learn-to-row programs and sculling classes for juniors (grades 8 through 12) and adults to competitive racing for all ages and levels. It also has adaptive rowing equipment available. The positive energy at GBR will surely win you over—check out the Instagram account to catch up on their recent accomplishments, including a second time claiming the title of Granite State Sculling Championship Team Trophy Winners. [With our headquarters right nearby, Rowing Pad is proud to sponsor Great Bay Rowing.]

AMOSKEAG ROWING CLUB (HOOKSETT, NH)

Those along the more northern reaches of the Merrimack River have a great rowing resource in the Amoskeag Rowing Club, which operates out of its boathouse in Hooksett and offers a nice mix of rowing programs, including college conditioning and master’s refresher courses. From 9 to 11 a.m., you can stop by for an open house, tour of the facilities, and some instruction on rowing technique, then hop into a boat for a free on-water lesson. Who knows? You might want to sign up for one of the adult or junior learn-to-row sculling programs on the spot and find yourself participating in the annual Blue Heron Regatta come August.

CONCORD CREW (CONCORD, NH)

To celebrate Learn to Row 2024, this nonprofit, competitive regional rowing team based on the Merrimack will be holding an open house for middle and high school students as well as adults. Concord Crew, with its youth programming for boys and girls in grades 8 through 12, has a long tradition of teaching kids sweep oar and sculling technique. The club also recently added adult recreational and competitive masters programs, summer collegiate and club competitive rowing, and summer technical recreation rowing to its offerings! Stop by on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to take a tour of the boathouse (located at 15 Loudon Road), talk to the coaches, try out the rowing machines, and even head out on the water with some of the club’s experienced rowers and coxswains to get a feel for the sport.

GENTLE GIANT ROWING CLUB (SOMERVILLE, MA)

Just north of Boston, Gentle Giant Rowing Club operates out of the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse, set along the Mystic River in Somerville, Massachusetts. Visit this not-for-profit organization on June 3 for a view into the community spirit, fun, and camaraderie that come with belonging to a local boat club. The Learn to Row programming runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the boathouse, with land rowing on the club’s rowing machines (“ergs”) and “tanking,” which means sitting in a boat in the water against the dock and practicing the stroke process. After newbies have “tanked,” they can get out on the river in the club’s barge or in one of the hulls with experienced rowers to take their first official strokes on the Mystic.

If you catch the rowing bug, you can sign up for GGRC’s great learn to row sweep and scull classes, among other excellent programming for adults, youth, and partnerships with nearby high schools. What’s the story behind the club’s name? Its title sponsor is Gentle Giant Moving Club, founded by a lifelong rower to bring the dedication and teamwork of sports to the moving industry.

Stop by any of these wonderful clubs this Saturday and give rowing a try!