Advanced Rowing Course

Advanced courses

Advanced Rowing Course

This rowing course is for anyone who has experience beyond Learn to Row 2 and Learn to Scull 2 but isn’t ready for the Racing Masters just yet. Think of it as the most flexible recreational rowing option.

The aim of the Advanced course is to improve your technique and speed and will mostly happen in sculling Liteboats. During the course the intensity of the sessions will increase allowing you to row further every week. Advanced groups also have the opportunity to take out racing shells at the discretion of their instructor.  Please let us know about your preferences between these two options, along with any other goals you may have, when you register.

Our advanced courses run in four blocks of eight weeks throughout the year, beginning March 31st, June 1st, July 27th, and September 22nd in 2020. To sign up for Advanced courses, you need both sweep and sculling experience – if you’re not sure if this program is for you, email us at and we’ll help determine the best course for you. 

Overview of the course:

  • Duration: 8 weeks
  • 1 hour per lesson
  • Suitable everyone who has finished Learn to Scull 2 (or equivalent)
  • Coaching and guidance by our rowing instructors targeted to your goals
  • Rowing in LiteBoats (or racing shells at instructor’s discretion)

Required experience
Completed Learn to Scull 1&2

8 weeks

1 weekly training of 1 hour each

Start dates LTR courses:
Annual program


Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse
3579 Harlem River Drive
New York, NY 10034
map & directions


What class should I sign up for if I have never set foot in a boat?

A Learn to Row 1 class. The Learn to Scull classes are designed for rowers that already followed the Learn to Row 1&2.

What happens after I complete the Level 1 Learn-to-Scull and I want to take another class?

Sign up for a Learn to Scull 2 class, an eight-week course that allows you to take your skills to the next level.

And after Learn to Scull 2?

Join the Masters program! We have a recreational and competitive program for rowers who have prior experience or have completed Level 2 Learn to Scull Class. We encourage Masters to commit to a season at a time of rowing at our Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse.

Do I need to know how to swim?

To join our adult rowing programs, yes. Rowing takes place on the water, and while falling out of the boat is very unlikely, it is possible. Therefore, each class participant must confirm that they are able to swim when they register for our classes.

Do you require a swim test?

We do not require adult rowers to pass a swim test. They must confirm during registration that they can swim.

What is the refund/credit policy?

No refunds will be given once the program has started. If you withdraw at least two weeks before the first session, you will be credited for the class, minus a $50 processing fee.

Do I need to attend all classes?

Since the skills you learn in rowing are cumulative, it is important that you make every effort to come to each class so you learn along with your group. You should send us an email ( in advance if you cannot make a class.

Can I make up classes that I miss?

No, unfortunately, we do not offer make-up classes.

Do we still have class in inclement weather?

Yes! We row on the water in the rain and the cold, but if there is thunder and lightning or it is very windy, we train indoors on rowing machines. Classes will not be rescheduled due to weather.

What should I wear?

Layers are your best bet for cold weather rowing. Keep in mind that the clothes you wear will very likely get dirty so please wear clothing that you do not mind getting wet. It is best to wear form-fitting clothing like spandex. This type of clothing is less likely to get in the way while rowing.

Are there showers and locker rooms at the boathouse?

There are showers and a small changing room with a limited number of wallet lockers. Feel free to change once you arrive at the boathouse. Please bring your own lock.

Can I leave personal belongings in the boathouse while I row?

We provide a limited number of wallet-sized lockers for our adult athletes, but there is no guarantee that one will be available during the busiest times of the day. As such, please limit what personal items you bring with you to the boathouse. Row New York is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. Please bring your own lock.

Where can I park?

Parking at the Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse is not advisable, however, there are some limited streets to find parking.

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