Experience Rowing!

You can get an idea of what rowing is all about in just 50 minutes, however to obtain balance, comfort and the rhythm of rowing it takes time on the water. Classes run from late spring into early fall. Our next classes are planned for late spring of 2017.

We invite you to experience the joy of rowing with the Wichita Rowing Association for a brief instruction of the basics of rowing on an ergometer. Then, out to the river where you will practice sculling on dock rowers and take a seat in the shell to learn how to scull on the water. Our experienced coaches will guide you through every step of the way.

What to Expect

Volunteers will be on hand to walk you through the different stations.
  • Sign in and fill out a waiver.
  • Get a tour of the shelter 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.


  • The Wichita Community Rowing Center, 551 S. Nimms
  • South Riverside Park.

Who can join?

The minimum age for participation is 14. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent.

When? Choose from one of the class times listed below:

Class Type
Adult Intro To Rowing:
Take this class first to get your toes wet (no pun intended) and see what our rowing program is all about. That way you have a chance to try it out. Whether wanting a fun way to stay active or something more competitive, rowing is an awesome outdoor activity for all ages. However, it does take some movability to get in and out of a boat so this class is a neat way to try out rowing before joining the club.

 Class Dates  Class Time
 May 31  5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
 July 8  8:30 am - 11:00 am
 July 29  8:30 am - 11: 00 am

Adult Learn To Row:
We recommend you take the longer Adult Learn to Row class to learn to row on your own. This class offers individualized instruction and a chance to take small steps so you are more confident to row on your own. If you have rowed before or you do other small boat activities you may just sign up for the longer class but it is very beneficial to take both and gets you more water time.

Class Dates Class Time
June 12, 14, 19, 21, 24 Monday & Wednesday 6pm - 8pm Saturday 8:30am - 11:30am
July 10, 12, 17, 19, 22 Monday & Wednesday 6pm - 8pm Saturday 8:30am - 11:30am
July 31, August 2, 7, 9, 12 Monday & Wednesday 6pm - 8pm Saturday 8:30am - 11:30am

Juniors Learn To Row:
This class not only teaches students, age 14 - 18, about the sport of rowing.  It also offers a great opportunity for them to get acquainted with the Coaches and the Junior Crew.

Class Dates Class Time
June 15, 17 Thursday 6pm - 8pm Saturday 9am - 11am
July 13, 15 Thursday 6pm - 8pm Saturday 9am - 11am
August 3, 5 Thursday 6pm - 8pm Saturday 9am - 11am

To register, click here to complete our online registration. Feel free to email our Learn To Row instructor, Valan Polley here with any questions. What you need before you row: Before you're able to row please process the paperwork done before the class begins. We will need for you to sign a waiver and have a paper copy of a swim test so it's good to show up a few minutes early the first day to any class. Swimming test forms can be found here. You can get these done at the YMCA or Wichita State University Gym. Just ask the front desk and they can help you out.

What To Wear?

We recommend comfortable, but not baggy, clothes. Bring shoes that you can slip out of at the dock and an extra pair of socks. Sunscreen, sunglasses and water bottles are always a good idea. We may have to adjust the details of the program according to the conditions, but this is an outdoor sport and we will conduct the day in any weather except thunderstorms.
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