About Learn to Row
Bair Island Aquatic Center (BIAC) invites you to join us on the water! Register now for one of our spring or summer Learn to Row classes. These classes offer an exceptional opportunity for people of all abilities to experience this beautiful and traditional sport in a friendly, supportive environment. Rowing is a wonderful form of low-impact exercise. Classes are held in the waters surrounding Bair Island.
Where and when?
Learn to Row sessions are two days long. Classes are held on the weekends at BIAC in Redwood City. The Schedule tables show specific dates and times for all sessions.
What does it cost and what do I get? In addition to the Learn to Row classes, the $250 fee includes one month of coaching with our Novice Crew and a three-month BIAC trial membership.
Membership in BIAC includes access to our ergometers (rowing machines) and use of our sweep shells (boats).Meet the boats, crew, and coaches.
There are no prerequisites, other than the ability to swim 100 meters. We start with introductions to coaches, boats and crew (you!).
What will I learn? Rowers will learn sweep rowing (one oar per person) in 4- and 8-person shells. The first day, participants spend some time on land, learning the basic stroke on ergometers and getting familiar with the boats. The second day, most of the time is spent on the water. All sessions include instruction on dock safety, boat and oar handling, launching, basic rowing technique through drills and docking.
What should I wear and bring? Wear comfortable and close-fitting workout clothing. Bicycling gear is great for rowing. Loose or baggy clothing can get caught in the sliding seat or an oar handle. In colder weather, wear layers. Shoes should provide good traction and be able to get wet. However, they will be left on the dock while rowing.
Other articles to bring include a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and drinking water.
Where can I learn more about rowing and Bair Island?
Explore our website for more information about our programs and facility, as well as rowing terminology and equipment.
Here are a few pages newcomers might find fun and helpful:
Rowing Photo Gallery