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Experience Rowing Through Learn to Row!

We invite you to experience the joy of rowing with Wichita Rowing Association's instruction on the basics.  First, practice on the rowing machine.  Then, out to the river where you will practice sculling on dock rowers and take a seat in a boat to learn how to scull on the water.  Our experienced coaches will guide you through every step of the way, helping you to develop the balance, comfort and rhythm of rowing.

What to Expect:

Volunteers will be on hand to walk you through the each step.
  • Sign in and turn in necessary forms.
  • Get a tour of the boathouse and the boats.
  • Learn about different boats and rowing terminology.
  • Practice the rowing stroke on a stationary rowing machine.
  • Get in a boat and go out on the river with a volunteer rower.

Who can join?

The minimum age for participation is 14.

Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent.  A completed swimtest is also required, or a life vest must be worn.

Due to equipment design limitations, participants must weigh less than 250 pounds.


The Riverside Rowing Center is located at South Riverside Park,  531 Nims Street, Wichita, KS 67203  (next to Tennis Center)

When?  Choose from one of the classes listed below.

2023 Class Schedule

Class Type: Learn To Row

Cost: $150

Take this 5-session class and learn to row on your own. This class offers individualized instruction and a chance to take small steps so you are more confident on the water.  Graduates of this class are eligible to become members of WRA and use club equipment.  

Class Dates

(M, W, Sat, M, W)

Class Times
May 31, June 2, 3, 5, 7

  Mon's, Wed's, Fri's      6:00 - 8:00 pm

  Saturday      10:30 am - 12:30pm

 July 12, 14, 15, 17, 19   Mon's, Wed's, Fri's     6:00 - 8:00 pm     Saturday    10:30 am - 12:30 pm
August 23, 25, 26, 28, 30   Mon's, Wed's, Fri's     6:00 - 8:00 pm    Saturday     10:30 am - 12:30 pm

A class with morning times may be available if there is enough interest.  If you are interested, please email our Learn To Row instructor  here.  

Rowing is a water sport, and as such, requires a certain degree of mobility.

By registering, participants are agreeing that they are able to accomplish the following skills: tread water for 5 minutes; swim 50 m (two laps of a pool); lift 30 pounds overhead; and squat, bend, and reach with full range of motion. If you have concerns regarding any of these requirements, please  contact  the instructor before registering.

Click here to complete our online registration by choosing the desired class on the calendar.

Feel free to email our Learn To Row instructor  here with any questions. 

What you need before you row:    You will need to sign a waiver prior to your first class.  See the box below titled "What to Bring" for information and links to these forms.   Because of this paperwork it's good to show up a few minutes early the first day, if possible.

What To Wear?

We recommend comfortable, but not baggy, athletic clothes. And shoes that you can slip in and out of at easily on the dock.  


Cancellation due to weather

WRA makes every effort to provide you with a safe and enjoyable class at the planned time.  However, sometimes weather or river conditions force us to reschedule on short notice. This is an outdoor sport and we will conduct the class in any weather except thunderstorms, very high winds or flooding of the river. If this happens we’ll work with you to make up the class at a time that fits your schedule. The instructor will contact you via email if the class needs to be cancelled due to weather. If you have questions feel free to email our Learn To Row instructor  here.

Cancellation by student

If it becomes necessary for a registered student to cancel, refunds will be made as follows:

  • Notice given 7 days or more in advance – full refund, minus $10 processing fee.
  • Notice given less than 7 days in advance – 50% refund, minus $10 processing fee.

NOTE:  Or we will happily apply the refund to a future Learn-to-Row class.

What to Bring?

  • Suggested:
    • Water Bottle 
    • Sunscreen 
    • Hat/ Sunglasses

  • Hopefully you won't need these items but they are handy to have in the car:
    • Extra pair of socks
    • Towel

Wichita Rowing Association

P.O. Box 2785, Wichita, KS 67201-2785
Riverside Rowing Center located at
531 Nims | South Riverside Park

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