Adult and Youth Rowing

No matter your rowing experience (or lack thereof) HRCR has a place for you. All programs are first-come, first-served. Sign up for the HRCR newsletter to stay in the loop, find out about programs and special events and to register for classes.

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Never rowed before?

We offer a two part Learn-to-Row experience. Take our one-day Intro to Rowing class to learn the basics and see if rowing is for you. Afterwards, you are ready to take our eight session Learn-to-Row class where you’ll get hands-on training in the fundamentals of rowing. Once you have completed the Learn-to-Row course, you are ready to join our experienced rowers on the water, where you will continue to develop your skills during coached practice.

Learn to Row

So you want to learn how to row?

We did too—and found that rowing is fun, rewarding, and a wonderful way to keep fit. Read on to find out what our Learn-to-Row lessons are like. Sign up for the HRCR newsletter to find out when classes are starting and how to register!

Harlem River Community Rowing offers a two-part experience. Part one is a 3-hour Intro to Rowing class, which will introduce you to the basics of rowing, water safety and boat handling. After that you are read to move on to our eight session Learn-to-Row class. Learn-to-Row participants will receive approximately 18 hours of hands-on training to continue developing their skills in:

  • basic understanding of boating rules and safety procedures
  • working knowledge of rowing commands
  • basic proficiency in sculling and/or sweep rowing
  • overview of rowing equipment
  • steering commands for bowing and coxing

You don’t need to be an athlete, tall, or extraordinarily fit to participate; classes can accommodate people at most fitness levels and ages, from the late teens and up. It is mandatory for safety reasons, however, that you are a competent swimmer; are able to do deep-knee bends and stand up from a seated position on the ground; and can carry at least 30 pounds overhead. If you have any questions about the physical requirements or have special medical concerns, please email us prior to signing up. After completing all your classes, you’ll have the skills needed to join the HRCR masters crew.


When are the classes?

Contact us for information regarding scheduling for the 2015 season. Once you have completed Intro to Rowing, you may register for our Learn-to-Row class, which is approximately four weeks long and consists of eight sessions (four weekend mornings and four weekday evenings) with two “rain date” make-up sessions. Please make sure you are available for all eight sessions.


How do I register?

Contact our Learn-to-Row coordinator. She’ll send you registration materials to be completed and returned in order to secure your spot. Please note that we can only take a limited number of students per session/group, and the list of interested students is long. Registration is first come, first serve.


How much does it cost?

Intro to Rowing: $10.00 per person

Learn to Row: $200 per person

Once your class has started, refunds are not available. Ask about our 25% Neighbor Discount for Bronx Community Boards 4-7. Not sure of your Community Board? Visit to find out.

Itchin’ to get back in the boat?

Our masters crew is for you. We row several weekday evenings and on weekend mornings. Come as often as you can and we’ll get you back out on the water. We welcome rowers of all experience levels from LTR graduates to Olympians.

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How does it work?

HRCR rows on a weekly “drop in” schedule, typically Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday and Sunday mornings. HRCR members sign up for the days they want to row and come on down. Sign-up at least 24 hours in advance and come as often as you’d like.


How do I become a member?

Email HRCR at [email protected] and we’ll get you started.


How much does it cost?

The 2015 dues are $350 per person

Learn-to-Row graduates: Contact us


Ready to race?

Let our coaches know. We’ll work with you to help identify racing teammates, regattas and training times.


Youth Rowing

Harlem River Community Rowing is now offering summer learn to row sessions to youths, ages 14 to 18!

Learn More About Teens Row Harlem River 2015


Teens Row Harlem River is a monthly (July and August) introduction to rowing program for youths, ages 14 through 18, organized and offered by Harlem River Community Rowing through Roberto Clemente State Park (RCSP). Each of the two monthly sessions will be three weeks with three two-hour classes (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) each week. There will be six spaces in each session due to equipment limitations for training.



Although youth in New York City often see waterways around them, most do not know how or if they can access or enjoy them. Teens Row Harlem River enables youths, ages 14 to 18, the opportunity to learn the sport of rowing, focus on health and fitness in a new way, and learn and enjoy one of New York’s major waterways.

It’s all about learning a new skill, getting fit, and having a unique and fun experience on our waterway!



The two sessions will be:

July 7/10-7/26

August 8/14-8/31

Classes will be Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 9-11 AM for three weeks.



Dock, Roberto Clemente State Park


How much does it cost?

$5.00 fee to be paid to RCSP at registration at Park office


Who do I contact at the Park to register?

You can contact Jennifer Ferrari, Jasmin Pallet, Jesseca Williams at 718-299-8750 to register.