Team Builders

“It isn’t enough for the muscles of a crew to work in unison; their hearts and minds must also be as one”—George Pocock, as quoted in Daniel James Brown’s The Boys in the Boat

The Team Builders program offers a small group (minimum of 4), fully customized, single day introduction to rowing that falls somewhere between our very successful multi-session formal Learn to Row program and private, one-on-one lessons. No experience is required, and all equipment is provided by Hanlan Boat Club. Crews are accompanied at all times by their coach.

Rowing, often declared “the ultimate team sport,” is an ideal fit for corporate and institutional groups looking for a team building activity, but it also provides a unique special event for any group looking to spend a few hours bonding on the water in a low impact, whole body physical activity. Hanlan’s location near Tommy Thompson Park provides a “cottage country in downtown Toronto” setting, in which our patient and experienced instructors will introduce participants to the sport, with a 4:1 coach to rower ratio geared toward maximizing safety and fun.  

"I have a much greater appreciation for the teamwork and strength that goes into rowing. You challenged us and encouraged us just the right amount. By the end of the session we all felt pretty good about what we had accomplished!” —Robert French, The Forever Group 

For further information, please inquire with Jeanette Herrle at


None - Experienced


Ability to Swim | Modest Physical Fitness 




Custom Sessions, Contact to Organize


Experienced groups of rowers traveling from other clubs (ie. international clubs) can organize unique rows and experiences as well. See the city from a perspective few have the opportunity to see! We enjoy welcoming members from the rowing community from all around the world. Previous groups have toured the Toronto Islands, a six hour round trip with a barbecue on the island. Contact to organize. 


Program Coordinator - Jeanette Herrle

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.