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Carnegie Lake Rowing Association

CLRA is excited to announce our annual Learn-to-Row (LTR) program once again.
The LTR program aims to teach the sport of rowing to adults without any prior rowing experience. We hope to attract new club members of any age who want to become more physically fit, learn an outdoor water sport, and make the significant time commitment rowing requires. If this resonates with you, then we cordially invite you to apply to our Learn-to-Row Program (LTR). You will enjoy it!
As in previous years, the program will run from mid-September 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.
The program starts with a weekend course (full day Saturday, half day on Sunday) which is mandatory to get everybody on the same page at the beginning. 

Throughout the program duration, practice sessions will be on Tuesday (5:30am), Thursday (5:30am), and Sunday (2:00pm), all lasting approximately 90 minutes. In order to graduate from the program, participation in a minimum of ten of these On-The-Water (OTW) sessions is required.

A typical session will consist of:
●      Showing up on time (actually ~5:15am) and being dressed for the weather (even bad weather)
●      Checking in to let us know you’re there and seeing where you’ve been boated
●      Doing warm up exercises
●      Taking boats to the dock and launching
●      Rowing on the water
●      Cleaning the boats and putting them back on the racks or in the boathouse
Interested? We hope to see you there!!
The LTR Committee


●    Completion of registration form.

●    Payment of fee.

●    Swim Test. The ability to float for 10 minutes. Download or print the swim test form. Reach out to a LTR committee member for info on potential locations. You may either upload the completed form when registering, email it to, or bring it with you to the program start weekend.

Important Dates

●     Registration Opens:                                       30-June-2023

●     LTR open house via Zoom                            09-Aug-2023   (Ask Laura McCann to send you a zoom link)

●     Registration closes:                                        01-Sep-2023

●     Online (Zoom) pre-program Q&A session:  27-Aug-2023 7:00 pm

●     Program Start:                                                9th and 10th Sep, 2023 (LTR kick-off weekend)

●     Program End:                                                  23-Nov-2023

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.
Register here.


The cost for this year’s program is $475. Payment is required at registration.

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 2023 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.

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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Princeton, NJ 08542-0330

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