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 primarily to instruct participants in the fundamentals of sculling, in which each rower holds two oars. (Opportunities to learn sweep rowing can be arranged if desired). All entry-level courses require no previous experience, and include 12 hours of training with a qualified instructor. The goal is to ensure each participant acquires 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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Course descriptions

Hanlan offers two streams of Learn-To-Row courses: Sport and Juniors. Courses are run on either weekend mornings or two evenings during the week for several consecutive weeks. Please consult the 2019 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).


LTR: Sport

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) $350 + HST

LTR: Juniors

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) $350 + HST


2019 course schedule


LTR: Sport (01SWE)             Saturday and Sunday at 10 am to 1 pm. May 11, 12, 18, 19

LTR: Juniors (02JWD)          Monday & Wednesday at 4:30pm-6pm. May 13.15.20,22,27,29  Jun 3,5                       

LTR: Sport (03SWD)             Monday & Wednesday at 6:30pm-8pm, May 13.15.20,22,27,29  Jun 3,5        

LTR: Sport (04SWD)          Tuesday & Friday at 6:30pm-8pm. Cancelled        

LTR: Juniors (05JWE)          Saturday & Sunday at 10:00am-1pm, May 25,26 Jun 1,2                  



LTR: Sport (06swe)         Saturday & Sunday at 10:00am-1pm, Jun 8,9,15,16           

LTR: Juniors Weekdays     Insufficient interest            

LTR: Sport (07SWD)     Monday & Wednesday at 6:30pm - 8pm,  June 10,12,17,19,24,26 Jul 1,3

LTR: Sport Weekends       May be scheduled if there is sufficient interest


LTR: Juniors (08JWD) Monday & Wednesday at 4:30pm-6pm. July 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29-31

LTR: Sport (09SWD) Monday & Wednesday at 6:30pm to 8pm, July 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29-31

LTR: Sport (10SWE) Saturday & Sunday at 10:00am to 1pm, July 20-21, 27-28


LTR: Sport (11SWD) Monday & Wednesday at 6:30 - 8pm Aug 26-28, Sep 2-4, 9-11, 16-19

LTR: Sport (12SWE) Saturday & Sunday AT 10am - 1pm Aug 31-Sep 1, 7-8


*To be placed on the waitlist, please email the LTR Coordinator at ltr@hanlanboatclub.ca

Learn-to-Row Coordinator

Hugh Fletcher will be coordinating the learn-to-row program for 2019. 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.

Email: ltr@hanlanboatclub.ca