This program is specifically designed for those who have no rowing experience.
Rowers with prior experience may be evaluated to determine the best way to proceed. Whether you need a quick refresher, the full course, or simply club orientation. Our goal is to create a safe rowing environment and to help you enjoy Lake Woodlands.
There are two ways to row, sweep and scull. Sweep rowing involves the classic long boats with eight rowers and a helmsman, known as the coxswain, calling out commands and steering. Each rower has one long oar, held with both hands. Sculling involves smaller boats known as singles, doubles and quads where each rower has two oars. You can learn more about the differences between sweep and scull here.
The LTR course is designed to get you on the water and rowing. Course topics include rowing safety, equipment handling, terminology and of course, lots of rowing technique! Participants learn to row in our modern fleet of boats and all equipment is provided. RCTW has a professional coaching staff that will teach you the basics of rowing so you can feel confident on the water. RCTW members also volunteer in the boat with you so you can learn from rowers with on-the-water experience. From the dock to the lake, our instructors are with you every step of the way. After completing the RCTW course, you will be invited to become an Rowing Club of the Woodlands Club Participant.
Participants should wear comfortable but tight fitting clothing, such as cycling shorts or long leggings and athletic tops. Loose fitting clothing is not recommended because it may become tangled in the rowing equipment. Our boats have built-in shoes, so you can wear sandals, tennis shoes or other footwear to class but you need to bring socks. Bring an extra pair of socks with you in case yours get wet or you need extra cushion. In hot weather, use sunscreen, hats or visors. In cool weather, wear layers of close-fitting garments. Always bring water in non-breakable bottles to your course – you will have water breaks throughout the course. Rowing Club of The Woodlands does not have locker room facilities but we do have small lockers for your personal belongings. Please bring your own lock.
Cost of LTR:
$180 for 3 sessions/approximately 2 hours each. We schedule your lessons as much as possible to meet your schedule. You will learn the basic skills required to begin your rowing journey. Lessons are focused to teach basic technique, water, and boating safety while introducing you to other members and club activities. Please note you need to be able to swim without a life jacket.