What is Intro to Rowing?
Rio Salado Rowing Club’s Introduction to Rowing class will introduce you to the basics of rowing, so that you might discover all the fun and joy of this sport!  Depending on which class you take, you will learn to "scull", in which each rower has two oars, or learn to "sweep" row, in which each rower has one oar.  For details on sculling versus sweep rowing, click here . (note: this class was formerly called Discover Rowing) 

Intro to Rowing is designed for adults (over the age of 18) who have little or no experience rowing on the water. We realize some of you exercisers out there may have used a rowing machine, but we can safely say that rowing on the water is a completely different (better!) experience. You will be in a small group of people who, like you, have no idea what they’re doing, so you’ll all be in the same boat!  Rio’s Intro to Rowing class is for adults of all ages and fitness levels, though you do need some basic fitness level (see below) and have been exercising regularly, before beginning rowing.  Intro to Rowing is a ton of fun, and after taking it, you will want to learn more! 

Upon graduating from your Intro to Rowing class, you are eligible to sign up for next level class, “Rowing Level 1”.   In the Rowing Level 1 class, you will develop your skills on the water with other rowers at a similar level, instructed by one of Rio's coaching staff.   For more information on Rowing Level 1 and other classes, go here.


Intro to Rowing is a four session class, designed to provide you with a basic understanding of rowing.  The class meets twice a week for two weeks.  The first session is on land and gives you an overview of the sport of rowing, terminology and equipment particular to rowing on the water, and a rowing machine (rowers call it an ergometer or "erg") demonstration of the stroke, with practice on the erg or other instructional equipment.  The second, third and fourth sessions are on the water!  . 

Upcoming Intro to Rowing Class Dates

Sweep = each rower has one oar.  Sculling = each rower has two oars.

Fall update: FALL 2021 classes are complete.  Please check this page in December for Spring calendar.  

The following January Intro class is open for registration.   Go here to register.

January 2022

Sweep: 1/8, 1/9, 1/15, 1/16 (7:30am-10:00am)

 If you are unable to register, the class is full.  If you want to be on a waitlist for the class, please email Kim Charrier at KimC@rowrio.org

Schedule subject to change due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances.

NOTE: if you wish to sign up for both a sweep class and a sculling class, please contact Kim Charrier for more info and options. kimc@rowrio.org

COVID19 considerations: 
mask are optional for fully vaccinated people.  Click here for Rio Salado Rowing Club's COVID19 policy.  

FLOAT TEST is required prior to first session.  Click here to get the form; "float test" is the second form in the list.  Please email completed form to pamn@rowrio.org   Participants may also bring a printout of the completed Float test to the first class.  If the completed float test is not received, the participant may not get in a boat.  They may observe and participate on land only.  No refund will be given if the participant does not have the completed float test.

NOTE: City of Tempe pools (i.e. Kiwanis Recreation Center) and Lifetime Fitness Gym pools are suggestions for where to get the Float Test done.  Call the pool to see if they can administer the test.

Fitness Requirements:

Rowing is a physically demanding sport.  While people of all fitness levels can learn and excel in rowing, in order to avoid injury and prepare you for the class, it is highly recommended you are able to do the following, at a minimum, prior to the first class.
-- Able to lift 20-25 pounds and carry it on one shoulder as you walk for 5 minutes.
-- Able to do a full squat (go all the way down and back up) without support
-- Able to bend over and reach your hands to your knees or lower
-- Able to walk up and down one flight of stairs without using the railing

If you have any concerns about your ability to handle these physical requirements, please check with your medical provider prior to registering for the class.

Questions?  Email Kim at KimC@rowrio.org or Pam at pamn@rowrio.org




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