Try Rowing with U.P. Rowing!
Adult and Youth Learn to Row Program
Every year in June U.P. Rowing hosts its annual Learn to Row program for those interested in learning how to row. There are classes for adults and youth. If you are interested in participating in this year's program, please see our Calendar of Events page and join us at our no-obligation Informational Meet & Greet (you can even print your Membership Packet ahead of time!). Membership Packets will also be available at the Informational Meet & Greet.
If you have previous rowing experience please contact us, or join us for our Informational Meet & Greet, and our required Registration day.
New and returning members
We have many opportunities for you to row (sweep or scull), whether you are new to rowing, or have previous experience. All our coaches are Level II certified, and equipment is provided for you. All you have to do is provide your own PFD (life jacket). Off-season erg training is also offered in the wintertime. Please contact us if you are interested.
ADULT LEARN TO ROW CLASS (single) $200. Includes first year membership and free T shirt.
ADULT ROWER (Prior rowing experience) $200.
YOUTH (High School-age) $120. Includes free T shirt
COLLEGE STUDENT ROWER $60 (must have prior rowing experience)
WINTER ERG ONLY $100 (rowing machine only, no on-water rowing)
SOCIAL (Non rower) $50.
GUEST ROWERS WELCOME (out-of-town guests must have prior rowing experience)
COXSWAIN (We will train) What the heck is a coxswain? Click here to find out. There is special pricing available for those unique individuals who are small in stature, and who like bossing people around.
Learn to Row format: How do I get started? What can I expect?
Youth Learn to Row (14-18):
We are very proud to be able to offer youth rowing in our community. Rowing is as much an individual sport as it is a team sport. It fosters discipline, teamwork, concentration, and commitment. Many of our youth have gone on to the collegiate level, and one of our former youth rowers has even advanced to represent the U.S. in the 2015 Summer World University Games, Gwangju, South Korea.
Athletes, and non-athletes alike are encouraged to try rowing. It is a great cross-training platform for many sports including basketball, volleyball, and swimming. Additionally, many high-schoolers who have never found the right high-school sport for them, have found their sport in rowing.
If you would like to check out the sport for yourself, please join us at our Informational Meeting (with parent or guardian), and then attend the required Registration Day at MSHS where you can fulfill the pre-class requirements:
Mondays and Wednesdays 7:00-8:30pm.
Rowing is a sport with a dramatic learning curve, and we want you to get the most out of the class. Because each session builds upon the last, attendance of 80% or higher is strongly recommended.
Adult Learn to Row (18+):
If you have little, or no rowing experience, our Learn to Row program could be for you. As you consider joining us for the Adult Learn to Row class this year, we do highly recommend joining us for our Meet & Greet. Here is where we introduce ourselves, explain what we do, show you a slideshow, and explain our Learn to Row class format. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our program.
If, after attending our Meet & Greet, you think rowing is an activity for you, then please attend our required Registration Day at MSHS. Here is where you will fulfill all your pre-class requirements:
After your one Saturday session, you will continue twice a week with 1.5 hour coached classes (Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00-9:30am; or Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-7:00pm) until the beginning of July. After that you are considered a graduate! Then we welcome and encourage you to sign up for the Experienced rows via our online polling system. During these sessions, there will always be one or more experienced members in attendance to help assist, and some additional coaching is possible.
Experienced rowers have multiple opportunities each week to sweep row and scull at either our Marquette site on beautiful Lake Superior, or our Negaunee site on charming Teal Lake.
Rowing is a sport with a dramatic learning curve, so attendance for the first Saturday class is essential and required. We want you to get the most out of the class, and because each session builds upon the last, attendance of 80% or higher is strongly recommended.
Competitive Rowing Program:
The CRP exists for the improvement of technique and fitness for masters rowers with two or more years of experience. USRowing certified coaches, along with key volunteers, will provide regular training to prepare athletes to compete locally and nationally. Training includes off-season erg training (January-October), and on-water coaching and evaluation (June-October). Athletes will need to pass an erg test, and an on-water technique evaluation with observance from a coach before being considered for the Competitive program.
U.S. Rowing Level II Coaches: Debi Cook, Sally Davis, Deb Jean, Sue Lakanen, Kyle Mohr, Tensi Parsons, Ann Piereson, Mary Ritter, Amanda Studinger, Kate Studinger, Simone Vajda, Sue Vandewalle, and Lynn Vanwelsenaers.
Certified Erg Coaches: Lynn Baldwin, Deb Jean, Tensi Parsons, Ann Piereson, Simone Vajda, and Susan Vandewalle.
Rower's Wardrobe: It Ain't Just Stylin’
Let’s face it: Rowers like to look good but their attire is not just a fashion statement. It’s really about function and safety. To avoid hypothermia we wear synthetic materials (which wick moisture away from the skin during exercise) and wool or polar fleece (which are warm even when wet). Cotton, on the other hand, we leave on the beach. Rowers also wear lycra/spandex shorts or pants which are form fitting (so they don’t snag in the wheels under the seat) and allow unrestricted range of motion. Long shirt-tails, baggie shorts, cut-offs, and jeans are considered only après row apparel. Here’s a rower’s wardrobe checklist:
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