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 Hugh Fletcher 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.