Learn-to-Row in Rochester with GWC!

Want to try rowing as a sport?

We are just the place for you!

We’ll be back on the water in April ’17 for our next Learn-to-Row session. In the meantime, you could get a good start with our spectacular indoor rowing and functional strength training this winter!

When we are back on the water in the spring, our’s Learn-to-Row program will give you experience with crew team “sweep” boats. It is very important to attend the class on a consistent basis. Following the initial series of lessons you will have the skills to progress to our next level class. “Rowing 2” classes consist of further sweep rowing technique and some sculling classes.

Class space is limited. Feel free to call or email us with questions or to get a reminder when we begin registration.

Genesee Waterways Center is the City of Rochester’s partner for rowing, sculling, canoeing and kayaking.
Three primary factors make Genesee Waterways the club you should choose to row with.

You’ll have fun and gain fitness with a very social bunch of other adults
Terrific coaching though out your progression from novice to experienced rower
Great convenience, facilities, dock space, parking, bathrooms and rowing machine room
Our terrific location just north of the intersection of the Erie Canal and the Genesee River brings people who want to learn rowing from all over the area. We are easily accessible to residents of the City of Rochester and beyond. The suburbs of Brighton, Pittsford, Fairport, Henrietta, Penfield, Irondequoit, Gates, Greece, Webster and Chili contribute members to our group, as well.

Our large, city-owned facility features over 200 feet of floating docks, over a million dollars of rowing equipment, well maintained bathrooms, a multi-purpose workout/conference room, excellent exterior lighting, a new exterior paint job and a freshly paved and striped parking lot.

Oh, and there’s our terrific coaching staff. Our Director of Rowing is Ethan Curren, who is also a staff member of the US National Team. Ethan generally coaches scullers and sweep boats three days a week at GWC. We also are proud to have John “JB” Bernfield, a super experienced, 68 year old gentle giant, who leads our strength and conditioning classes when he’s not working as the Head Coach for the U of R Men’s Rowing team. We also have Karen Morgan, who teaches intermediate rowing, functional mobility and a variety of private sculling classes. We also are pleased to have Cassidy Goepel, who is also the Assistant Coach of RIT’s team, as our primary Learn-to-Row coach.

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Our rowers train at three terrific facilities in the winter. If your goals are fitness, fun, learning and (hopefully)  being out on the water in the Spring/Summer, GWC is the place to be.
During the spring/summer/fall, we offer on-the-water classes for new rowers learning to row team boats (“sweep rowing”) as well as beginning to scull in individual boats (“sculling”).