Discover Rowing


For people who have never rowed on the water, start here! This class is a single day class using the city of Tempe’s Barge, designed to provide you with the basic understanding and skills of sweep rowing.


  • You may complete and submit a float test prior to your first session. Many city pools (such as Tempe’s Kiwanis Recreation Center) and private gyms (such as Lifetime Fitness) will administer float tests. Email your completed test form to or bring it with you to the first session.  If you do not have a float test you will be required to wear a personal floatation device (PFD) while on the Barge.
  • You must also be able to
    • Complete a full squat, down and up
    • Bend over and touch your hands to your knees or lower
    • Walk up and down one flight of stairs without using the handrail

Rio’s COVID-19 policy currently makes masks optional for fully vaccinated rowers.

Subject to change due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Check your email often as you approach your session date.

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