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Each year the Carnegie Lake Rowing Association (CLRA) conducts a Learn-to-Row Program to teach the sport of rowing to individuals with no prior sweep rowing experience. The program goes from mid-September through the end of the year.  Our aim is to attract new club members of any age who are dedicated, physically fit individuals; and who realize the significant time commitment this activity requires. If this is a goal for you, then we cordially invite you to apply for the Learn-to-Row Program.

This year’s program runs from September 10 through December 23, 2016. In order to help orient you to the club and the L-T-R Program, there is a mandatory weekend-long session for all individuals in the program starting on Saturday, September 10 (from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM) and Sunday, September 11(from Noon to 5:00 PM). This weekend will include both land and water introductions to the sport of rowing. You will hear an overview of CLRA club policy and mission and participate in training on indoor rowing machines and boats. In addition, you will meet coaches and club members who will act as your rowing mentors throughout the weekend and beyond. After the weekend, the training sessions will be on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 5:15AM and Sunday afternoons at 2PM.  Training sessions last approximately one and one-half hours. The morning sessions are over no later than 7:15 AM. On the water training will complete on November 24, 2016 (Thanksgiving) with our annual CLRA Turkey Row. Winter indoor training will run from November 27 to December 23, 2016

The number of participants in our L-T-R program is limited due to equipment and personnel. If the number of applicants exceeds our limitation (currently 48 individuals), we will accept the first 48 that signup. You will be notified if you have or have not been selected and your application check will be returned if you have not been selected.
You must also successfully complete a swim test which consists of being observed by a certified lifeguard that you can stay afloat in water over your head for a period of ten minutes. This requirement can be completed at any public (YMCA, YWCA, recreation de­partment, etc.) or private (country club, hotel or swim club) pool. 

After you submit this form and make your payment of $350 by credit card you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the swim test form.  Print out the form and return the completed form.  A completed swim test form must be received before you can participate in the program.
Requirements for joining the Learn-to-Row Program 
1. Be one of the first 48 completed applications
2. Payment of the all inclusive Learn-to-Row program fee ($350)
3. Available for and participate in the mandatory L-T-R weekend
4. Swim test successfully completed
5. Minimum Age:  High school student or older
6. Be in good physical condition and able to lift and carry 30 pounds over your head.
Requirements for successfully completing the Learn-to-Row Program
1. Completed a minimum of 10 (more is better) on-the-water rowing sessions before Thanksgiving.  There are ap­proximately 25 plus opportunities to row on-the-water each fall. Make sure that your personal schedule and any traveling require­ments will allow you to meet these goals. Many Sundays are not available due to regatta conflicts so every participant should row at least one additional time during the week.
2. Participate weekly. Our Learn-to-Row program is structured so that new skills are introduced each week so you should partici­pate weekly.
3. Evaluated by our coach(es) as having learned the basics of rowing. Those who are successful may join as regular members next year and participate in our rowing programs.
What to expect as a member of the Learn-to-Row Program 
1. Hard work
2. Honoring your commitments, when you sign up to row, be there
3. Unpleasant weather at times
4. Being on time, ...that’s 5:15 AM!
5. Teamwork, working cooperatively with others toward shared goals
6. Conditioning, getting or keeping yourself in good physical shape
7. Learning a new skill
8. Fun, making a lot of new friends through a shared experience
If you are interested please complete the application and mail your check for $350 before August 20.  All completed applications should be received by August 23 to be considered for this year’s Learn-to-Row Program. Soon after August 23, you will receive an email letter from the club indicating either that you have been accepted or that you have not been one of those applications accepted (your check will be returned via regular mail).

Learn-to-Row Online Application is no longer available.  The 2016 program is closed.

Thanks for your interest. We look forward to working with you. Please contact us if you have a specific question about your eligibil­ity, otherwise most all questions will be answered in your acceptance letter or at the Introduction-to-Rowing weekend.
NOTE: All communications from CLRA is by email. We will contact you via email with an acceptance letter and other information. Please be sure to add our names and CLRA to your email permissions list and modify any SPAM filters.
Direct any questions to:
Sincerely L-T-R Co-Coordinators,
Patrick De Deyne, Chair
Zoe Brookes
Natasha Gajewski
Susan Weinstein

It's a big commitment, and it is as rewarding as it is challenging. Makes getting up at 4:45 a.m. amazingly easy and a lot of fun.

It's hard work that rewards you with a feeling of accomplishment. It's a social activity that provides an opportunity for building new relationships. It's spiritual - I really like the lake in the early morning.

I was pleasantly surprised how organized the program was. I never expected that a group of people would have so much passion about an extra-curricular activity. I never expected to get the level of coaching that we got over the past 3 months. It was great.

I was a little surprised at how physically demanding the program is. I think it should be to achieve the desired results.

The coaches pushed us in an encouraging and patient manner bringing out our best.


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