Adult Intro To Rowing

The Intro to Rowing classes are intended for those who have never rowed before, but would like to "get their feet wet" and try something new!

How to Sign Up:

1 - Register for Adult Intro to Rowing on Regatta Central under Clubs / Oak Ridge Rowing / Learn to Row.

2 - Download the ORRA Annual Liability Release Waiver (first page only) and submit to a coach prior to your first row.

Dates and Requirements:

The Intro to Rowing classes are intended for those who have never rowed before. Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:15-8:15pm.

  • No ORRA membership required

  • Open to all adults age 19 and up, any gender

  • No special skills needed, just a willingness to learn!

  • A good level of fitness is helpful, but not required

What To expect:

Welcome! We’re happy you have an interest in rowing with us, and we believe you'll like it. Your decision to join our team and learn to row will have a positive impact on you for the rest of your life.

We are located in Melton Lake Park, the Oak Ridge Boathouse, 697 Melton Lake Drive, Oak Ridge, TN. Easily accessible with in 20 minutes from Oak Ridge, Clinton, Oliver Springs,  as well as North and West Knoxville.

Preparing for Practice:

  1. Rowing is a team sport, those that register for a class or program are expected to be present and on time for each practice session. When rowers are late or absent it could keep others out of practice. (Most rowing classes are in team boats.)

  2. Practices will begin and end on time. Once boats launch they will not return to the boathouse until the end of practice. Rowers who arrive late risk being excluded from practice for the session.

  3. If weather prevents the class from rowing on the water, they will move to the ergs. Rowers should STILL COME TO PRACTICE, unless notified from a coach.

  4. The coach will gather the team and start practice with a short meeting.

What to Wear/Bring:

  1. All participants should come dressed in athletic gear. Tighter fitting shorts and t-shirts are better since baggy, loose clothing may get caught in the sliding seat when you row.

  2. Bring socks. The boats have their own shoes, so you don’t need any special footwear, but you should bring an extra pair of tennis shoes for when you are erging and warming up on land. (If you have smaller feet, a pair of thin water shoes or booties may be helpful in filling bigger shoes)

  3. Bring water in the boat. We suggest purchasing an athletic water bottle. Please consider the environment and do not bring disposable water bottles to practice if possible.

  4. On sunny days, bring sunscreen, a hat or visor, and sunglasses to keep the sun and glare from the water out of your eyes.

  5. There are cubbies in the restroom and boat bays to store personal items (please keep all items of value locked in your car or at home).

 If you would like to do some reading about our sport, consult websites such as

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We are available to answer any questions by email or phone: | (865) 482-6538

If you get lost on the first day, or anything comes up at the last minute, feel free to call (865)482-6538. But most of all, be prepared to have fun. We’re happy to have you with us, and we hope you are excited to be a part of our club and the rowing community.