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Bair Island Aquatic Center (BIAC) invites you to join us on the water! Register now for one of our spring or summer Learn to Row classes. Our classes offer an exceptional opportunity for people of all abilities to experience this beautiful and traditional sport in a friendly, supportive environment. Rowing is a wonderful form of low-impact exercise. Classes are held in the waters surrounding Bair Island, the largest remaining restorable wetlands in the South San Francisco Bay.

Learn to Row classes meet Saturdays and Sundays for three hours for two consecutive weekends. Classes meet at BIAC in Redwood City (location). The course fee is $250 and includes one month of coaching in our novice crew as well as a three-month BIAC trial membership.

Membership in BIAC includes access to our ergometers (rowing machines), free introduction to sculling lessons, and use of our single person sculling boats.

There are no prerequisites for the class, other than the ability to swim 100 meters. Rowers will learn sweep rowing (one oar per person) in 4- and 8-person shells (boats). You will spend some time on land, getting familiar with the boats and learning the basic stroke on ergometers. After the first day, most of the time will be spent in a boat and out on the water.

Wear comfortable and close-fitting workout clothing. Bicycling gear is great for rowing. Loose or baggy clothing can get caught in the sliding seat or an oar handle. In colder weather, wear layers. Shoes should provide good traction and be able to get wet. However, they will be left on the dock while rowing.

Other articles to bring include a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and drinking water.

After the Learn to Row class, you will join our novice crew of graduates from our Learn to Row classes. The novice crew, like our more advanced crews, meets year-round, and continues to receive basic instruction in rowing. Most of the rowing is in 4 and 8 person "sweep" boats, although some time is spent in single or multiple person "sculling" boats (two oars per person). The crew prepares for informal scrimmages with novices from other clubs, as well as for local regattas which have special categories for masters novice rowers. We also encourage you to take our free introduction to sculling lessons in single person boats soon after you complete the Learn to Row class.

For more information on our novice crew, see the rowing programs page.


  Dates Times Flyer
Session 1 April 14, 15, 21, 22 Sat & Sun, 9 am to Noon Session 2 Flyer
Session 2 May 12, 13, 19, 20 Sat & Sun, 9 am to Noon Session 2 Flyer
Session 3 June 9, 10, 16, 17 Sat & Sun, 9 am to Noon Session 3 Flyer
Session 4 July 14, 15, 21, 22 Sat & Sun, see flyer for times Session 4 Flyer
Session 5 August 4, 5, August 11, 12 Sat & Sun, see flyer for times Session 5 Flyer
Session 6 September 8, 9, 15, 16 Sat & Sun, 9:00 am - Noon Session 6 Flyer

Registration for Spring and Summer 2012 is open!

  1. Email "LearnToRow at GoBair dot org" to confirm space is available for your session.
  2. Complete the Membership and Liability Waiver forms. Note: On the "ROW, SCULL, PADDLE OR OTHER" line, specify "Learn to Row" and the date of the session you wish to join.
  3. Make out a check to BIAC for $250. This pays for the four-session class, 4 weeks membership in our novice crew, and a three-month BIAC trial membership.  
    Instead of a check, we can contact you via phone to accept a credit card charge.
  4. Mail signed forms (and your check to BIAC if paying via check) to
    Learn to Row, 1450 Maple Street, Redwood City, CA 94063-3029

    We will confirm your enrollment when we receive your forms and payment.

We offer a full refund up to one week before your session starts. We will refund $200 if you must cancel within a week of your session. No refunds are offered after the first day of class, although if necessary we will make every effort to reschedule you in a later session.

Feel free to explore this website for more information about our programs and facility, as well as rowing terminology and equipment.

Email us at "LearnToRow at GoBair dot org"

PLEASE NOTE: the email address above is not literal - type it out as if someone had spoken it to you. We put it here that way because Internet spam crawlers love to capture email addresses on web pages and send us all manner of junk mail. We'd prefer to not miss you in the noise.

© Bair Island Aquatic Center 2012 - "info at GoBair dot org"