Learn to Row

Located at Bare Hill Pond, Harvard, MA
Classes operate on a weekly cycle starting on June 27 and ending on August 13

BASICS 1
2 one-hour classes offered on Monday and Tuesday 
For Beginners (No experience) - Youth (rising 6th grader) to Adults

This class is for the complete beginner with no rowing experience. The fundamentals of the sport of rowing will be taught in two 1-hour classes, offered 2 days a week, with no more than 4 Youth and 2 Adults per class. This is a great “starter” class for someone interested in joining our scholastic team in the fall.

You will learn terminology and boat basics and how to navigate. Sculling (rowing with 2 oars) will be done in stable, flat-bottomed boats. This is the best development class to prepare you for further rowing instruction and is a prerequisite for moving up to higher level classes. 

Prerequisite: No previous experience is necessary. Swim Test required. (Test is only required to be taken one time and is good for all our classes. BABR swim test on file meets this requirement).

BASICS 2
one-hour classes offered on Wednesday and Thursday 
For Beginners (limited experience) - Youth (rising 6th grader) to Adults

This class takes the Beginner to the next step. The fundamentals of the sport of rowing will be taught in two 1-hour classes, offered 2 days a week, with no more than 4 Youth and 2 adults per class. You will continue to learn terminology, boat basics, how to navigate and a few basic drills to increase your understanding of the rowing stroke. Sculling (rowing with 2 oars) will be done in stable, flat-bottomed boats. Basics 2 prepares you for further rowing instruction and is a prerequisite for moving up to higher level classes.

This is the next step to an introduction to rowing for someone interested in joining our scholastic team in the fall.

Prerequisite: Completion of Basics 1 is required. Swim Test required. (Test is only required to be taken one time and is good for all our classes. BABR swim test on file meets this requirement).

INTERMEDIATE 
2 classes offered on Friday and Saturday 
For those who have completed BASICS 1 & 2 - Youth (rising 6th grader) to Adults

Intermediate sculling is for the individual who has completed Learn to Row Basics sculling program (in a “tub”) or has previous rowing experience. Taught in two 1:20 classes, offered 2 days a week, with no more than 4 Youth and 2 Adults per class.

This class will take you to the next level of sculling or provide a refresher course for those who have been out of rowing for a while. Scullers will move into a regular (narrower) width boat. The goal of the class is to help you improve your rowing skills, teach you about balancing a boat and add simple workouts for you to execute.  

This is a perfect progression in the introduction to rowing for someone interested in joining our scholastic team in the fall. 

Prerequisites:  LTR Basics 1 & 2 or has previous rowing experience is required. Passing a flip test is mandatory and will be part of the beginning of the class. If you passed a flip test at the end of your LTR class, that will be counted. Coaches will determine a participant's class readiness in their discretion. Swim Test required. 
(Test is only required to be taken one time and is good for all our classes. BABR swim test on file meets this requirement).

A flip test shows your ability to flip a single while in it and then get back into the boat without assistance. A coach will supervise this test. If you are unable to complete getting back into the single, you will be required to wear a waist style life preserver. It looks like a fanny pack and can be worn while rowing.

 

Basics 1 Session:
Monday-Tuesday,
7:30-8:45am

 

Fee per 2-day session:
$50 Harvard Resident,
$70 Non-Resident

Basics 2 Session:
Wednesday-Thursday,

7:30-8:45am
 

Fee per 2-day session:
$50 Harvard Resident,
$70 Non-Resident

Intermediate 
Early Session:
Friday-Saturday,

7:00-8:20am
 

Fee per 2-day session:
$67 Harvard Resident,
$87 Non-Resident

Intermediate 
Late Session:
Friday-Saturday,

8:40-10:00am
 

Fee per 2-day session:
$67 Harvard Resident,
$87 Non-Resident

June 27 - 28 June 29-30 July 1 - 2 July 1 - 2
July 4 -5 July 6 - 7 July 8 - 9 July 8 - 9
July 11-12 July 13-14 July 15-16 July 15-16
July 18-19 July 20-21 July 22-23 July 22-23
July 25-26 July 27-28 July 29--30 July 29--30
August 1-2 August 3-4 August 5-6 August 5-6
August 8-9 August 10-11 August 12-13 August 12-13

           *Additional $20 per session covers the tariff paid by BHRA to the Town of Harvard for inclusion of non-town tax paying members. Registration allows only 1 session selection per column for each registration - for multiple sessions per program, please register again after completing checkout.

Registration Policy
  • Harvard residents will be given a priority registration period before programs open to non-residents. Our classes are open to all regardless of which town you reside in. Non-residents pay an additional $10 tariff. All registration requirements and payment must be turned in before the first day of class.
  • Classes are limited to 6 participants – max of 4 Youth and an additional 2 spots for Adults. Registration takes place on a rolling basis until a class is filled. Time of online sign up will determine priority and placement in any class.
Parking at Pond
  • Harvard residents WITHOUT beach parking stickers and for non-residents: NO parking at the beach for summer rowing. Please use the lot at the top of the hill (below the library lot). It’s a 5’ walk to the pond on the path to the right of the road.
  • Harvard residents WITH beach parking stickers who are only participating in the rowing program are also asked to park in the lot at the top of the hill (not library) as well. This is to ensure parking at the beach for those folks taking programs offered by the town. BHRA requests your cooperation.

   NOW OPEN! (posted May 27)

 

All registrants, please follow these steps:

PAYMENTS AND SWIM TEST SUBMISSIONS MUST BE DONE ONLINE.
We will not accepts checks or paper copies of swim form.

  1. Complete the online registration.
    • Start the registration
    • Follow registration instruction to go to a Google Form for reserving sessions slots
    • Return to the registration to finish registration and pay online
  2. ​Complete swim test document, scan and upload in registration (Download form)
    If you have participated in a BHRA program and have already submitted a Swim Test, you do not need to provide another one.
  3. Payment online only at the end of registration.

Swim Test - required even for skilled swimmers, unless BHRA has yours on file.​​​​ Please scan and submit the document in pdf format as part of your registration by uploading it in the registration question that asks for it.  No jpegs, please.

  • To set up a swim test:
    - Contact Swymfit in Boxborough (978-635-0500) or use your local pool. 
    - Contact Courtney Clark (certified Lifeguard and BABR  graduate) for a swim test held at Bare Hill Pond.

If your registration is NOT 100% complete on the first day of class, you will NOT be allowed to participate in the program.

Questions?
Registration questions and forms, send to: summer@barehillrowing.com