Rowing offers a unique recreational experience and a low impact, all-round workout in a fun, social, outdoor settiNG. Conveniently located in the Port Lands, close to downtown, Hanlan is the ideal spot in the GTA to take up the sport of rowing. COME ENJOY OUR breathtaking views of the Toronto waterfront.
Hanlan's Learn to Row course offerings are designed to instruct participants in the fundamentals of sculling, in which each rower holds two oars. (Opportunities dedicated to learning sweep rowing can be arranged, please see our Special Events page). All entry-level courses require no previous experience, and include 12 hours of instruction with a 4:1 student to instructor ratio, ensuring each participant receives the attention necessary to acquire the fundamentals of the rowing stroke, rowing terminology, water safety, and basic boat-handling skills.
Crews are accompanied at all times by an instructor, and all equipment is provided by Hanlan Boat Club.
REQUIREMENTS: All participants must be able to swim and commit to all scheduled sessions.
CLASS MAKEUP POLICY: Safety is our primary concern. If in the event of unfavourable weather (unsafe, unrowable conditions such as high wind, rough water, or thunderstorms) a class needs to be cancelled completely, a make-up session will be scheduled. Make-up sessions are scheduled at the discretion of the Learn-To-Row Coordinator, in accordance with staff and equipment availability, and are typically added to the end of the scheduled session. If a participant is unable to attend one of the make-up sessions scheduled by the Coordinator, no additional make-up session will be provided.
For further details of our Cancellation and Refund Policy, see the Fee Schedule & Refund chapter of the Member Handbook.
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Hanlan offers three streams of Learn-To-Row courses: Sport, Juniors, and Adult Competitive. Courses are run on either weekend mornings or two evenings during the week for several consecutive weeks. Please consult the 2017 schedule of course offerings for their respective dates and times. (N.B. Opportunities for custom-arranged private one-on-one lessons or or small group sessions can be found on our Private Lessons and Special Events pages).
Designed for adult participants (18+) with modest physical fitness and no previous experience in rowing who wish to learn the fundamentals of the sport. Here you will acquire the skills necessary to transition to our Recreational program (a portion of your Learn-To-Row fee will be applied towards a recreational membership). Ideal for those who are interested in enjoying the water at their own pace, or have an eye on long-distance competitive rowing in the form of coastal rowing.
(12 hours) $340 + HST
Designed for participants aged 13-18, with good physical fitness and no previous experience in rowing. This course is specially designed to prepare participants for entry into the Junior Competitive Program, subject to assessment by the Juniors Program Coach (a portion of your LTR-J course fee will be applied towards a Junior Competitive membership). The first part of the course will focus on fundamentals of technique in training boats, but then participants will transition to racing shells and learn the boatmanship required for training competitively. (Please note that opportunities for a sport-style Learn-To-Row for Juniors is available through the Youth Water Sports Camp in July).
(12 hours) $340 + HST
2018 course schedule
LTR: Sport Saturday & Sunday at 10:00am-1pm, Apr 28-29, May 5-6
LTR: Juniors Monday & Wednesday at 4:30pm-6pm, May 7-8, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30
LTR: Sport Monday & Wednesday at 6:30pm-8pm, May 7-8, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30
LTR: Juniors Saturday & Sunday at 10:00am-1pm, May 12-13, May 19-20
LTR: Sport Weekends Saturday & Sunday at 10:00am to 1pm, June 2, 3, 9, 10
LTR: Juniors Weekdays Monday & Wednesday at 4:30pm to 6pm, June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 25, 27
LTR: Sport Weekdays Monday & Wednesday at 6:30pm to 8pm, June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 19, 25, 27
LTR: Sport Weekends Saturday & Sunday at 10:00am to 1pm, June 16, 17, 23, 24
LTR: Sport Weekends Saturday & Sunday at 10:00am to 1pm, July 7, 8, 14, 15
LTR: Juniors Weekdays Monday & Wednesday at 4:30pm to 6pm, July 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25
LTR: Sport Weekdays Monday & Wednesday at 6:30pm to 8pm, July 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25
LTR: Sport Weekends Saturday & Sunday at 10:00am to 1pm, July 21, 22, 28, 29
*To be placed on the waitlist, please email the LTR Coordinator at email@example.com
Hugh Fletcher will be coordinating the learn-to-row program for 2018. The role of the coordinator is to answer any questions relating to the program, to make sure we have the appropriate coaches confirmed for each session, and if necessary to notify registrants if a session has to be cancelled. Bad weather and other factors can necessitate that we cancel and reschedule a session for safety reasons and when that happens we make every attempt to contact all the people ahead of time.
Please send any questions or comments to the email address below.