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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Course descriptions

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).


LTR-R: 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)  $330 + HST


LTR-J: Juniors 

Designed for participants aged 14-18, 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)  $330 + HST

LTR-AC1: Adult Competitive 1 

Designed for adult participants (18+) with good physical fitness and no previous experience in sculling, who are interested in pursuing competitive rowing. 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. Prepares participants for LTR-AC2; a portion of the LTR-AC1 course fee can be applied toward a Recreational membership).

(12 hours)  $330 + HST

LTR-AC2: Adult Competitive 2 

Pre-requisite: Completion of LTR-AC1 or permission of the LTR Coordinator

Designed for adult participants (18+) with good physical fitness and mastery of the fundamentals of rowing. This course is ideal for former competitive scullers who have had a long absence from the sport and want to refresh their skills in a group environment or graduates of LTR-AC1 who hope to transition to our Masters Competitive Program (subject to assessment by the Masters Coach; a portion of your LTR-AC1 course fee will be applied towards a Masters Competitive membership). All instruction will take place in racing shells, and is focused on building the fitness and technical skill required for satisfying participation in competition.

(6 hours) $165 + HST


2018 course schedule tba

2017 course schedule


LTR-R: Sport                                     Saturday & Sunday at 10:00am-1pm, Apr 29-30, May 6-7                SOLD OUT--Wait list*   

LTR-J: Juniors                                   Tuesday & Thursday at 6:30pm-8pm, May 2-25                                 SOLD OUT--Wait list* 

LTR-AC1: Adult Competitive 1    Saturday & Sunday at 9:30am-12:30pm, May 13-14, 20-21              SOLD OUT--Wait list*



LTR-R: Sport                                     Monday &  Wednesday at 7pm-8:30pm, Jun 5-28                             SOLD OUT--Wait list*

                                                            Tuesday & Thursday at 7pm-8:30pm, Jun 6-29                                  SOLD OUT--Wait list*

LTR-J: Juniors                                   Monday & Wednesday at 5:30-7pm, May 29-Jun 21                         1 seat left

LTR-AC1: Adult Competitive 1    Tuesday & Thursday at 5:30pm-7pm, Jun 6-29                                  SOLD OUT--Wait list*

LTR-AC2: Adult Competitive 2    Saturday & Sunday at 10:00am-1:00pm,  Jun 10-11                          8 seats left



LTR-R: Sport                                     Monday & Wednesday at 5:30-7pm, Jul 3-26                                   SOLD OUT--Wait list*

                                                            Tuesday & Thursday at 5:30pm-7pm, Jul 4-27                                 cancelled

                                                            Saturday & Sunday at 10:00am-1:00pm, Jul 22-23, 29-30              cancelled

LTR-AC1: Adult Competitive 1    Tuesday & Thursday at 7pm-8:30pm, Jul 4-27                               cancelled

LTR-AC2: Adult Competitive 2    Monday & Wednesday at 7pm-8:30pm, Jul 3-13                             3 seats left

                                                           Monday & Wednesday at 7pm-8:30pm, Jul 18-27                           4 seats left



LTR-R: Sport                                    Monday &  Wednesday at 6-8pm, Aug 14-30                                 SOLD OUT

LTR-J: Juniors                                  Saturday & Sunday at 10:00am-1:00pm, Aug 19-20, 26-27          5 seats left

LTR-AC1: Adult Competitive 1   Tuesday & Thursday at 6pm-8pm, Aug 15-31                                 cancelled



LTR-R: Sport                                   Saturday & Sunday at 10:00am-1:00pm, Sept 9-10, 16-17             2 seats left

LTR-AC2: Adult Competitive 2  Tuesday & Thursday at 6:30 pm-8pm, Sept 5-14                             4 seats left


*To be placed on the waitlist, please email the LTR Coordinator at herrle.hanlan@gmail.com


Learn-to-Row Coordinator

Jeanette Herrle discovered rowing as an adult, when a group of Queen’s University English Dept faculty decided it would be fun to do a Learn to Row in 2002 at the Kingston Rowing Club, and muddled their way through under the tutelage of future Olympian Morgan Jarvis. Having competed with a modicum of success as a Masters athlete for the past decade, first as a cox and then as a rower, she came to Hanlan in 2006 and fell in love with its rustic charm and endless expanse of water. With nearly twenty years of academic teaching experience at the secondary and postsecondary levels, she has come to love coaching and worked in almost every program at Hanlan, learning the trade from a series of gifted coaches while remaining an active competitive athlete.  Jeanette’s experience of the many benefits—and challenges—associated with a later in life entry into the sport give her a particularly empathetic and supportive approach to both novice and Masters rowers.

Email: ltr@hanlanboatclub.ca for any inquiries.