Our programs introduce beginners to the sport of rowing, while providing regular training opportunities to intermediate and advanced rowers. In partnership with NMC, TACR also provides indoor instruction and training during fall and winter. Outdoor rowing programs are taught on Boardman Lake, with participants assembling at Hull Park Launch. All ages and fitness levels are welcome (14 and older recommended) with hardship rates available. For additional information, please email Also please check out our partners: The TC Tritons High School and Middle School rowing programs!

Winter Training 2020

In partnership with Elite Fitness North, TACR offers indoor training in the Fall and Winter:

Elite Fitness North
1209 South Garfield Avenue Suite A
Traverse City, MI 49686

Participants are coached on Concept 2 rowing machines, with video review of technique on select nights. Whether a competitive or recreational rower, and regardless of the sport or current fitness level, provides a great workout routine.

January 6 - March 26Mon/Wed5:30-6:30
January 6 - March 26Mon/Wed6:30-7:30(Beginners)
January 6 - March 26Tues/Thur5:30-6:30

10 participants
2 weekday evenings over 12 weeks
Additional classes scheduled based on demand
No experience required

Learn To Row

This 3-hour class is for beginners with no prior rowing experience. Some may say it is the “bucket list” class as you can get exposure to rowing and determine that you would like to take the Novice I Sweep class and develop your rowing skills. Learn to Row exposes participants to the basics of rowing (land & water) and you will come away knowing terms like: feathering, square blade, foot stretcher and rigger. The only requirement is that you are open to learn a new sport.

Please print & fill out the following documents prior to attending the Learn to Row class:

(#1A) May 25Sat9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
(#1B) May 25Sat12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
(#2A) July 13Sat9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
(#2B) July 13Sat12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
August 3Sat09:00 AM - 11:30 AM

8 participants
No experience required

Novice I Sweep Rowing

This is a great class for those who have not rowed in several years and for participants coming from a Learn to Row class. Each class covers the basics of sweep rowing in an eight-person rowing boat and will provide participants with a set of rowing skills along with fundamentals of technique in a fun group environment. Upon successful completion of this class, participants can progress to Novice Recreational Rowing or Novice Sculling.

May 28 - June 13Tues/Thurs6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
June 18 - July 9Tues/Thurs6:00PM - 8:00PM
July 16 - August 1Tues/Thurs6:00PM - 8:00PM
August 6 - August 22Tues/Thurs6:00PM - 8:00PM
August 27 - September 12Tues/Thurs6:00PM - 8:00PM

8 participants
Learn to Row or previous experience required

Novice Recreational Rowing

Fun, recreational rowing environment where participants continue to improve their rowing skills, get good exercise and technical coaching during each practice session. Participants would have a range of skill levels, depending on their ability; plus, includes athletes who vary in age, rowing experience and fitness. Participants looking to move to the Intermediate level must demonstrate: 1) Good technical rowing skills; 2) Learn how to be a boat coxswain; 3) Take a 2k erg test; 4) Be in their 2nd year of rowing.

May 28 - July 9Tues/Thurs5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
July 16 - August 22Tues/Thurs5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
August 27 - September 12Tues/Thurs5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

9 participants
Novice Sweep I or previous experience required

Advanced Sweep Rowing

This class is for participants who want the “rubber to hit the road” or in rowing terms the blade cutting the water. Athletes will be pushed to a higher level of performance by focusing on cardio endurance, precise technique, and race preparation. Participants must: 1) Meet technical and endurance

(erg) criteria; 2) Commitment to race; 3) Commitment to be a sub; 4) Coxswain commitment; 5) Participation commitment; 6) Pass 1x certification to row in 2x or 4x boat.

Rowers MUST:

· Meet fitness (Erg test) and technical rowing standard

· Sub for Novice I and Novice Recreational programs

· Commitment to race

· Commitment to coxswain boat ( Will need to define rotation for 8’s and 4’s)

· Commitment to row independently 1x/week and working out 5-6 days/week

· Participation commitment (i.e. If boat practices 2x/week, rower must be available)

· Demonstrated ability to focus on technique, intensity, endurance and race preparation

· Any 2x or 4x rower MUST be able to row a 1x independently. (Pass 1x certification…see attached document)

May 2 - May 23Tues/Thurs6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ($105)
May 29 - July 3Wed6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ($90)
June 8 - October 26Sat7:00 AM - 9:00 AM ($300)
July 10 - August 15Wed6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ($90)

Up to 18 participants
Spring, Summer, and Fall sessions
Intermediate Sweep or competitive rowing experience required
Prices Vary

Intermediate Sweep Rowing

This class is for participants who want to enjoy a workout with some intensity, improve their technical skills and who desire to row in a non-racing environment with like-minded athletes. If this is your objective and you have at least 2 years of on-water rowing experience, then this is the class for you.

Pre-recs: LTR, Novice I & Novice II, along with coach recommendation to move up from Novice II.

Rowers MUST:

· Have slide control (speed transition from hands away/body over)

· Show fluidity of rowing motion (Arms, Back, Legs)

· Show good hand/body movement during recovery & drive

· Change out on the fly (When rowing by 4’s or 6’s)

· Have ability to row port/starboard

· Have blade depth control (Catch and finish)

· Have good oar/body position at catch/finish

· Balance boat with feet

· Show good catch & finish timing

· Taken coxswain training

· Completed 2k erg test

· Be in 2nd year of rowing

The above objective criteria will allow the coach to provide rowers with good feedback so rowers understand if they can move from Novice Recreational to Intermediate; plus, feedback on areas that need improvement before making the move to the Intermediate level.

18 participants
Prices Vary

May 2 - May 23Tues/Thurs6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ($105)
May 27 - July 3Mon/Wed6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ($180)
July 8 - August 15Mon/Wed6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ($180)
August 19 - September 11Mon/Wed6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ($120)