Carnegie Lake Rowing Association

Celebrating Community Rowing in Princeton, NJ Since 1985


CLRA is excited to host our annual Learn-to-Row program again this year.

The LTR program aims to teach the sport of rowing to adult individuals without any prior rowing experience. We try to attract new club members who are or want to become more physically fit, like an outdoor water sport, and are willing to 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!

Like previous years, we plan to run the program from mid-September to Thanksgiving, followed by the opportunity to join the rest of the club for indoor training until the end of December.  The program starts with a mandatory weekend course (full day Saturday, half day on Sunday) to get everybody on the same page at the beginning.  Throughout the program, 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, a minimum of ten On-The-Water (OTW) sessions are required.

A typical session will consist of:

  • Showing up on time (actually ~5:15am) dressed for the weather (even bad weather)
  • Check in to let us know you’re there and see where you’re boated
  • Some light warm-up routine to get going
  • Take boats to the dock and launch
  • Rowing drills on the water
  • Cleaning the boats and putting them back on the racks

Interested? We hope to see you there!!


The CLRA LTR Committee


Important Dates

  • Program start: Weekend after Labor Day
    • Sat: 8:30am to 4:30pm
    • Sun: 10am to 2pm
  • Program end: Thanksgiving Day
  • Zoom meeting for registered participants: August


Registration is online via the CLRA web site after registration opens in the summer.  Until then, email for more information.

Places are limited (no more than 45 participants). Reservations are made on a first-come first-serve basis. Later registrations are placed on a waiting list which will be used to fill drop-outs.


The cost for this year’s program is $425. The money is payable at or during the registration. Payment can be made no later than the payment deadline stated above. If you do not pay before the deadline the place will be given to the next person on the waiting list, so prompt payment is encouraged.

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.”
  • “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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