Lookout Rowing Club - Chattanooga, TN

Learn To Row

Learn to Row

Lookout Rowing Club offers sessions each summer for adults interested in learning to row. (If under the age of 18, Chattanooga Junior Rowing offers programs specifically for juniors, even though a family may join LRC under a family membership.) Generally, sessions meet Monday through Friday at the Rowing Center (see Class Schdule for more detail). Our classes are structured to teach each participant to scull proficiently in a single shell, but they will also be exposed to sweep rowing during the class. While learning to row is usually thought to be harder than it looks, most anyone dedicated to learning the sport can get to the level where they can enjoy this sport and get as much exercise as they require.


If you already know how to scull, you may join LRC after preforming a flip test and demonstrating proficiency handling a shell. If you already know how to sweep and only want to sweep row, getting back into a capsized single scull is irrelevant and we have a place for you. For membership information without taking the Learn to Row series, check out the Membership page.


How hard will I physically be working? Will it be like a workout?

You will not be rowing hard as you learn to row. We will be focusing on technique, so the hardest work will be mental for the first week. You may experience some soreness in your lower and upper back and your arms as your body gets used to the mechanics of rowing. As you get more advanced, you will spend longer times on the water rowing by yourself. Always come hydrated, as we may be in the sun for two hours each lesson!


What should I wear?

You should wear athletic clothing, just make sure that your T-shirts and shorts are not baggy. Baggy shorts get caught in the slide of the seat rolling mechanism and your oars and fingers may get caught on loose T-shirts. NO skirts please!


What happens if I cannot make it to a class?

If you can't make a class, you have to make up the time missed at a different time, to be worked out with your instructor. This can be difficult to organize, so please try to make every class.


Will I ever flip over?

Aaaaahhhh - one of the biggest worries of the novice (and even advanced!) rower! When we start rowing, you will not be in a single, as the biggest risk for flipping occurs in this boat. We will start you out in stable boats as you get used to the technique and we will only advance you to a single if we feel you are ready and stable enough. Early on in the class we will have a session where everyone learns to get back into a boat from water. Some students flip many times and some never flip - it's just the luck of the draw! Always have a towel and a change of clothes with you, just in case! :)


When I am done with the class, can I come down to row whenever I want?

Completion of the class does not necessarily mean that you can row on your own. Upon completion of the class, your instructor will let you know if you are ready to go by yourself. Our motto is safety first! If we feel that you are not ready, it is to ensure your safety.


Do I have to become a member to continue rowing?

If you are wanting to continue rowing from the Rowing Center, then yes, membership in the club is required. Your membership fees cover use of the LRC boats, the rowing machines and the locker room facilities. The cost for a year is less than what you would pay for a gym membership, and your learn to row fee is credited against the first years dues. LRC will also offer opportunities to gather as a club in a social setting such as cookouts and "fun rows".


What else is required for Membership?

Our club has no paid staff other than coaching, so there are many opportunities to help the club function. One duty expected of every member is to work at one or both of the head races, The Chattanooga Head Race or the Head of the Hooch, each fall. It is the proceeds from these events that allow us to replace the equipment and help pay the club’s overhead. There is a maintenance fee to be added to the dues of every member who did not work on one head race in the previous year. First year members are exempt, but it is important to volunteer during the year you join to avoid the additional fee your second year of membership.


How do I sign up?

LRC has one membership form and it is available at LookoutRowingClub.com under the membership tab. LRC has different Learn to Row options. The fee may be applied to your membership should you decide to join immediately after the class. Classes are limited to 18 participants for each class and filled in the order that forms, including payment, are received. You will need to submit the membership form, the release form, and payment to Lookout Rowing Club, PO Box 11411, Chattanooga TN 37401.



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