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Carnegie Lake Rowing Association

CLRA is pleased to announce that registration for our 2024 Learn-to-Row (LTR) program opens June 30th.

We hope to attract new club members of any age over 18 who want to become more physically fit, learn an outdoor water sport, and make the significant time commitment rowing requires.  If this sounds like you, we invite you to register!

Our program runs from September 7th to Thanksgiving, followed by the opportunity to join the rest of the club for their indoor training until the end of December.  LTR participants also are invited to participate in the club’s annual Turkey Row, on Thanksgiving morning.

To get everybody on the same page, the September 7 program start consists of a manditory weekend course (half day on Saturday, full day on Sunday). 

Subsequent practice sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 am, and Sundays at 2:00 pm, each consisting of approximately 90 minutes of coached rowing. To graduate from the program, and thus be eligible to join the club as a regular member in 2025, participants must attend at least ten of these On-the-Water (OTW) sessions.

A typical session will include: 

  • Arriving on time (by 5:15 am Tuesday/Thursday, 1:45pm Sunday) and dressed appropriately for the weather  
  • Checking in to confirm your attendance and boat assignment  
  • Joining group warm-up exercises  
  • Carrying boats from the boathouse to the dock 
  • Rowing on the water
  • Washing the boats and returning them to the boathouse 
  • Given the time required to carry and wash boats, you can safely assume to be all done by 7:15am on morning sessions

Interested? See you there!
The LTR Committee


  • Completion of registration form.
  • Payment of fee.
  • Swim Test. The ability to float for 10 minutes. Download and print the swim test form. The Princeton YMCA is available to conduct the test.  You may either upload the completed form when registering, email it to the LTR Committee, or bring it with you to the program start weekend.
Not a requirement but very helpful for the coaches getting to know you:
  • A headshot photo. Please upload when registering.

Important Dates

  • Registration Opens                                      30-June-2024
  • LTR open house via Zoom 07-Aug-2024  (Ask the LTR Committee to send you a zoom link)
  • Registration closes 01-Sep-2024 (or whenever capacity is reached) 
  • Online (Zoom) pre-program Q&A session  TBD
  • Program Start 7th and 8th Sep, 2024 (LTR kick-off weekend)
  • Program End 28-Nov-2024
  • End of club's indoor training year 31-Dec-2024 (You're invited to attend indoor training until this date)

Registration & Costs 

Registration will be online via the CLRA web site..
Space is limited to 45 participants. Registrations are accepted on a first-come first-served basis; once we reach capacity, later registrations are placed on a waiting list. Note that the program has filled to capacity every year. We therefore strongly encourage you to sign up early. 

The cost for this year’s program is $495. Payment is required at registration.

Register here.             

The Carnegie Lake Rowing Association (CLRA) is fortunate to offer our Learn To Row program with the permission and support of Princeton University. We row out of Princeton University’s Shea Rowing Center, which is considered one of the finest rowing facilities in the nation, on Lake Carnegie, which was hand dug in the early 1900 expressly for the purpose of creating a rowing course. As a registered member of the 2024 CLRA Learn To Row cohort, you will receive high-quality, personalized instruction and connect with an enthusiastic group of volunteers who are themselves LTR graduates. After the introductory weekend, you will be able to row up to three times a week (Tuesday and Thursday mornings and Sunday afternoons) through the Turkey Row on Thanksgiving morning. Your registration fee also includes guided indoor rowing sessions between the Turkey Row and the turn of the year, at which point we hope that participants will opt to “graduate” to being full-fledged members of the club.

Frequently asked questions

What Previous Participants Have Said About the Program

“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.”

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

“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 extracurricular 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.”

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Carnegie Lake Rowing Association is a 509(a)(2) non-profit organization. 

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Princeton, NJ 08542-0330

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