Green Lake Adult Crew (GLAC) invites participants of all skill levels to join our rowing team. Novice participants progress from Learn-to-Row, to Developmental Rowing, and then to either Recreational Rowing or Competitive Rowing, while experienced rowers can join the Recreational Rowing and/or Competitive Rowing classes. Read about each rowing class, below, and follow the links to register for an upcoming class.

For questions, contact Nick Fradkin, Masters Rowing Coordinator, at nfradkin@gmail.com.

Learn-to-Row (1A)

Adults new to rowing can take our Learn-to-Row class (R1A), which teaches the fundamentals of rowing.

This class covers the basics of the rowing stroke, rowing terms, boat handling, equipment care, and water safety. Participants begin by learning the basics of the rowing stroke on ergometers (indoor rowing machines) and in docked boats, then quickly progress to rowing in sweep (one oar per person) racing shells. Depending on class size, students may also be introduced to sculling (two oars per person). Satisfactory completion of this class qualifies participants for Developmental Rowing (1B).

Learn-to-row classes meet ten times for two hours each, for a total of 20 hours of instruction. We row rain or shine, so come prepared.

Class registration is required for these sessions.

Register for an upcoming Learn-to-Row class.

Participants must complete and submit a signed Float Test in order to row. A Risk & Release form can be signed prior to, or on, the first day of class.

Developmental Rowing (1B)

Completion of Learn-to-Row (1A) qualifies participants for Developmental Rowing (1B).

The focus of this class is skill development, with special attention to building participants’ sculling and coxing skills. These classes run at the same times as Learn-to-Row classes to enable a smooth transition from one class to the other. Participants are strongly encouraged – and, in most cases, will be asked – to repeat this class before registering for either Recreational Rowing or Competitive Rowing.

Class registration is required for these sessions.

Register for an upcoming Developmental Rowing class (note: the registration site may list these as ‘Learn-to-Row’ classes, rather than ‘Developmental’).

All participants must have current Float Test and Risk & Release forms on file.

Recreational Rowing (2/3)

Participation in Recreational Rowing (2/3) requires completion of Learn-to-Row (1A) and Developmental Rowing (1B) or equivalent rowing experience, and coaches’ approval. Participants must have developed their sweeping and sculling skills to the point at which rowing and setting the boat comes intuitively.

This class has a dual focus of fitness and techniqueMany participants, both novice and experienced, race in the three annual Green Lake regattas, and also opt to race in regional regattas, such as the USRowing Northwest Masters Regional Championships in Vancouver, WA each June.

Recreational Rowing participants practice together on 9-11am Saturday and Sunday, year-round, 9-11am Tuesday and Thursday, year-round (with a break in July), and/or 6:45-8:45pm Tuesday and Thursday in the late spring and summer.

Class registration is expected for participation in these sessions; participants using an open row “punch card” will be boated last.

Register for an upcoming Recreational Rowing class.

All participants must have current Float Test and Risk & Release forms on file, as well as a USRowing membership. Instructions for obtaining a membership are here.

Competitive Rowing (4)

Participation in Competitive Rowing (4) requires completion of Learn-to-Row (1A) and Developmental Rowing (1B) or equivalent rowing experience, a minimum ergometer score (adjusted for age, weight, and gender), and coaches’ approval. While not strictly required, participants are strongly encouraged to try a Recreational Rowing class before registering for Competitive Rowing.

The focus of this class is competition. In addition to local and regional regattas, Competitive Rowing participants compete at different regattas across the country, such as Head of the Charles in Boston, MA.

Competitive Rowing participants practice together 5:30-7:30am Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (and 9-11am Saturday) March through October. Supplemental erg/land conditioning classes may take place in the off-season (November-February). Note: Seattle Parks & Recreation policy prohibits novice participants from rowing before sunrise. This effectively limits novice participation to the months May, June, and July.

Class registration is expected for participation in these sessions; participants using an open row “punch card” will be boated last.

Register for an upcoming Competitive Rowing class.

All participants must have current Float Test and Risk & Release forms on file, as well as a USRowing membership. Instructions for obtaining a membership are here.

Erg Conditioning

Participation in erg conditioning classes is open to all adults, but completion of a Learn-to-Row class is strongly encouraged. These are on-land conditioning classes primarily consisting of indoor rowing on ergometers (ergs).

The focus of this class is improving fitness and form for on-water rowing. Coaches may also incorporate other land-based exercises.

Class registration is required for participation. Open row “punch cards” are not accepted.

Register for an upcoming Erg Conditioning class.

All participants must have a current Risk & Release form on file.