Learn to Row

Learn to Row Levels 1 & 2

Thank you for choosing TopRow!

Rowing is a healthy and complete outdoor sport that you can learn at any age and practice throughout the year. TopRow offers Learn to Row courses from mid-March through mid-November giving you the opportunity to pick up the oars. What a great way to get fit, have fun and enjoy the beauty of the Passaic River! You will gain an insight into the world of rowing, learn the basics of the sport and enjoy the scenery around the Bergen County Rowing Center.

Overview of the course:

  • 1 hour per lesson
  • Suitable for beginners/novices
  • Learn basic technique of sweep rowing (one oar) in theory and practice
  • Coaching and guidance by our rowing instructors
  • Rowing in stable rowing shells (LiteBoats)

Each course is 8 weeks long. Please note you are expected to attend all 8 sessions, unless previously discussed with the head instructor. The Learn to Row 2 program picks up where Learn to Row 1 left off, deepening your rowing knowledge and skills.

When you have finished both of the courses Learn to Row 1 & 2, you can start a new challenge to take the Learn to Scull course!

No experience needed

8 weeks

8 lessons of 1 hour each

Start dates LTR courses
Annual program



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Bergen County Rowing Center

(P.R.R.A Boathouse)


What class should I sign up for if I have never set foot in a boat?

A Learn-to-Row 1 class.

What happens after I complete the Level 1 Learn to Row and I want to take another class?

Sign up for a Learn-to-Row 2 class an eight-week course that allows you to take your skills to the next level.

Do I need to know how to swim?

To join our adult rowing programs, yes. Rowing takes place on the water, and while falling out of the boat is very unlikely, it is possible. Therefore, each class participant must confirm that they are able to swim when they register for our classes.

Do you require a swim test?

We do not require adult rowers to pass a swim test. They must confirm during registration that they can swim.

What is the refund/credit policy?

No refunds will be given once the program has started. If you withdraw at least two weeks before the first session, you will be credited for the class, minus a $50 processing fee.

Do I need to attend all classes?

Since the skills you learn in rowing are cumulative, it is important that you make every effort to come to each class so you learn along with your group. You should communicate with your coach in advance if you cannot make a class.

Can I make up classes that I miss?

No, unfortunately, we do not offer make-up classes.

Do we still have class in inclement weather?

Yes! We row on the water in the rain and the cold, but if there is thunder and lightning or it is very windy, we have an alternative training. Classes will not be rescheduled due to weather.

What should I wear?

Layers are your best bet for cold weather rowing. Keep in mind that the clothes you wear will very likely get dirty so please wear clothing that you do not mind getting wet. It is best to wear form-fitting clothing like Lycra. This type of clothing is less likely to get in the way while rowing.

Are there showers and changing rooms at the boathouse?

There are showers and a small changing room. Feel free to change once you arrive at the boathouse.

Where can I park?

Parking is possible right in front of the boathouse. 

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