Learn to Row in a Single

Rowing in a one person boat

Learn to Row in a Single

Thank you for choosing TopRow.

Rowing is a healthy and complete outdoor sport that is low impact and fully body, perfect for all ages and experience levels. TopRow New Haven offers 8-week courses year round, giving you the opportunity to pick up the oars and experience what New Haven Harbor has to offer! It is a great way to get fit, have fun, and enjoy the outdoors. Upon completion of this course and showing adequate knowledge and skill, rowers will be invited to join Canal Dock Boathouse where they can continue rowing amongst fellow boathouse members outside of TopRow courses. 

Overview of the course:

  • 1 hour per class
  • Previous sculling experience required (Learn to Scull 2 or equivalent)
  • Coaching and guidance from our rowing instructors
  • Rowing in stable one person rowing shells

Each course is 4 weeks long and will have 2 lessons per week. 

Learn to Scull 2 (or equivalent)

Duration Per Course
4 weeks

8 lessons of 1 hour each

Times Available
(start time options listed)

MON – Off
6:30 am, 7:30 am, 8:30 am
5:30 pm, 6:30 pm
7:00 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am

Start Dates
Annual program


475 Long Wharf Dr
New Haven, CT 06511
map & directions


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 dollar 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?

Street parking is available on Long Wharf Drive across from the boathouse. Please note this parking can fill up on summer evenings.

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