Adult Learn to Row

Learn To Row Info

Adult Learn to Row sessions are not currently on our schedule this summer (2019). We are currently developing our novice/“rookie” members through the summer months and we may be bringing on new members by the end of the summer. Sorry for the inconvenience. Please reach out to Joe Cincotta so you can be added to our list of inquiries.

Winter 2019-2020 - Erg Sessions

December - February; we may have designated erg sessions to bring on new rowers in the winter months.

Summer 2019 - Learn to Row Sessions

As listed above, we do not currently have learn to row sessions on the schedule for this summer. We do not have an adult team coach, therefore adding these sessions is difficult. We are currently working to develop our novice members before bringing on new members to the club.


We currently do not have a regular adult coach on staff. Other staff members to note are Roger Huffman (Club Director and Head Junior Girls Team Coach), and Joe Cincotta (Club President). 


There are two types of rowing: sculling and sweep rowing. In sculling, each athlete holds two oars (one in each hand), and can scull alone in a single shell (boat) or with a partner in a double shell or with 3 others in a quad (shell). In sweep rowing, each rower holds only one oar and rows as part of a crew (which generally includes a coxswain and 4 or 8 rowers). As an adult novice rower at The Milwaukee Rowing Club, you can learn how to scull (we currently do not have sweep Learn to Row opportunities).

Sculling offers a way for you to row at a time that is convenient for your schedule. The Club has several single shells, double shells, and two quads for members' use. For beginners, we also have wide-bottom trainer singles which are more stable than the narrow shells used for racing. Some people take a year or more to graduate out of the trainer singles; it all depends on how determined you are and how much you practice on the water.

Sculling (and rowing) is a very technical sport, not really a "leisure" activity. Please read our entire website to learn more before you consider joining. Check out "single sculling" videos on the Internet (YouTube) and feel free to come on down to our boathouse to watch club members rowing or sculling. It is a mentally challenging sport even for experienced rowers who have been rowing for many years. There is always some technical aspect that can be worked on by doing drills in the boat, focusing on bladework, body position, etc.


Adult classes for sweep rowing will not be held. To still experience rowing in Milwaukee, we invite you to consider joining The Milwaukee Rowing Club and learning how to scull! Sessions for learning to scull will be available. After a few initial outings, new scullers can enjoy the sport alone or with other scullers (new or experienced).


  • Swim at least 200 meters (self-certify on waiver)

  • Tread water for at least 10 minutes (self-certify on waiver)

  • Lift a minimum of 40 pounds over head (self-certify on waiver)

  • Sign the MRC waiver

  • View U.S. Rowing Safety DVD

  • Take an online safety quiz based on MRC rules and U.S. Rowing Safety DVD


If you want more information, please contact: - for any questions regarding adult sculling at the Milwaukee Rowing Club.