Program Description


Where do I start?

We know that trying out a new sport, moving up a level or joining a new team is exciting but also a little daunting. There’s a place for everyone at LMC so please read on for more information about what we offer and how our programs are structured….

What Level Am I?

LMC caters to a variety of different levels from complete beginners to advanced:

Learn to Row:

This level is for complete beginners, with no prior experience necessary. You will learn the basic phases of the rowing stroke, how the equipment works and what it’s called, how to get in and out of the boat and-most importantly-how to put your oar in the water and go somewhere! Learn to Row is open to any one, ages 18 and up and we offer both weekend and weeklong sessions.

Novice (1-3 rowing sessions at LMC or elsewhere):

This level is for rowers who have completed up to three rowing sessions at LMC or elsewhere (i.e. Spring, Summer A, Summer B). Novice rowing lets you increase your skills and confidence in the boat without feeling overwhelmed by the need to keep up with experienced rowers. You will work on gaining a greater understanding of the rowing stroke, how to navigate and cox, how to handle your oars and becoming more familiar with common drills and commands. Individuals who show better than average progress can be accelerated into the Open level with instructor approval.

Open (3+ rowing sessions):

This level is for rowers who are proficient at a variety of different rowing skills, including: steering and docking the boat, boat handling, rowing phases, body position, a multitude of drills and a firm grasp of rowing terminology. Additionally, Open rowers typically transition into a work out based, not a skills focused session. Rowers can expect to be rowing for a large percentage of the class, although skill sessions and individual feedback also form part of the lesson.

Advanced Rowing/Racing Shells (Instructor Approval  Required):

This level is for rowers who meet and exceed the Open row standards. Advanced are expected to be able engage in more independent boat handling and navigation as well as to handle the physical components of a more challenging, race-level on water work out. Advanced rowing is also taught in more challenging boats (for example, racing quad shells) and is only open to those who are competent in all aspects of being in and handling a racing shell. Advanced rowing requires instructor approval, as well as swim tests.


What kind of boat will I be in?

LMC’s fleet is centered around a variety of different sculling boats (which have two oars per person, rather than one, aka ‘sweep’ rowing). We have small boats (1/2 people) and crew boats (4/5 people). We also have a pilot sweep 8 program that is invitation only at the moment.

Small Boats:

These are one person (singles) or two person boats (doubles). LMC owns Hudson tubs, Alden Stars, Echoes, a Maas double and a few other small boat racing shells. Small boats are used in a variety of different scenarios and we also offer dedicated Small Boat Classes at the Novice and Open/Advanced Level (instructor approval required for Open/Advanced Small Boat).

Hudson T11 Quads:

LMC owns four Hudson T11 Quads (four people, one coxswain). These open water/coastal boats are used across all levels, and even the advanced classes will go out in these boats on windy or rough days. They are stable, sliding seat shells that provide a great way of facilitating both the learning and advancement of your rowing. If you sign up for Learn to Row, Beginner or Open, you will most likely row in a Hudson T11.

Racing Quads:

LMC owns two coxless racing quads. These fast and light boats require a comprehensive knowledge of both rowing and the waterway and they provide a chance for some of our adult rowers to test and sharpen their rowing skills and abilities. The Advanced/Racing Quad class is for rowers who have met the criteria as outlined above for this class.


Cancellation Fees

Class fees will be refunded upon written cancellation received prior to 30 days from the start of class. A $50 administration fee will be assessed for these changes.

Private Lessons/Group Bookings

If none of the class times work for you or you’d prefer more individual attention, please contact us for information about private lesson rates and availability. We instruct all levels (from complete beginner to advanced) in a variety of different boats. Group bookings (2+) are also available upon request and we welcome enquires from groups or employers and can provide flexible, informative and fun tailored sessions. Please email: for more information about either of these options.

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