Classes and Lessons

As part of our mission to make rowing and paddling accessible, LPBC offers a range of classes and lessons.

These group sessions are designed for a range of ability, from complete beginners, through to competent rowers.

All sessions are run by trained and experienced instructors

Private lessons

We also offer private 1-on-1 instruction for those who wish to move at their own pace

Private lessons

Get Fit to Row

Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00p.m., Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Start date: February 18th
End date: March 25th
Cost: $160 ($90 for members)
Sign up here
Description of classes: Our land-based program focuses on developing the core physical attributes of good rowing: strength, endurance, flexibility, and stability, without ever getting on the water. This class is ideal for first-time rowers who are looking to learn the fundamentals of the sport or previous rowers are looking to rebuild their fitness level before jumping back in a boat.
All of our sessions are led by experienced rowers and coaches who will give you one-on-one guidance and feedback throughout.
Everyone who completes the class will receive $30-off of one of our Learn to Row classes where you can apply what you learned on the rowing machine on the water.

Learn to Row Classes

Tuesday, Thursday 6:30 – 8:30pm, Saturday 11:00am – 1:00pm
This 9 session class is an introduction to the sport of rowing and includes practice in both methods of rowing – sweep and sculling.
You will learn the fundamentals of rowing including the basic rowing stroke, water safety, facility orientation and equipment handling.
This class is for people with no experience in rowing and is designed to start you on the path toward becoming a rower.
Upon completion of this class, you have the option to join Lincoln Park Boat Club for the remainder of the year, at a discounted rate.
This will enable you to continue rowing on your own or as part of our Novice Rowing team.

Novice Rowing

Monday, Wednesday 6:30 – 8:30 PM , Saturday 09:00 – 11:00 AM
Graduates of the Learn to Row program are encouraged to join the Novice Rowing team for the remainder of the season.
Upon completion of Learn to Row, students have the option of continuing with the Novice Rowing Team. The Novice Rowing Team is for those rowers within their first year of rowing. It is designed for those rowers who intend to compete, however recreational rowers will find the continued coaching and training beneficial as well. The team meets three times a week and athletes are given additional workouts to do on their own on days when the team is not practicing together.
Team dues are payable for each month of participation. Monthly dues are discounted for those who sign up for their discounted club membership at the end of their Learn to Row program

Junior Sculling and Boating

Spring Season: March 6 – June 17
(No practice on April 22, May 11th, 13th, and 27th)

Junior Boating: Ages 9 – 12

Tuesday/Thursday 4:30 – 6:15, Saturday 1:30 – 3:30

In this program, young athletes develop overall boating competence, and become proficient and skilled in sculling, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding. The Junior Boater will develop an understanding of how boats move and balance as well as the impact of wind and waves on watercraft. The aim is to improve a young athlete’s confidence and intuition on the water as well as their athletic skill and overall boating competence.

Youth Sculling: 13 – 14

Monday – Thursday 4:30 – 6:00, Saturday 1:30 – 3:30

In this program, the young athlete begins to focus more on the sport of rowing, while still spending some practices cross-training in SUP or Kayaking. The focus remains on overall physical fitness while emphasizing technical development.

Junior Sculling: 15 – 17

Monday – Thursday 4:30 – 6:00, Saturday 1:30 – 3:30

For the competitive high school sculler who plans to continue with rowing in college, this program emphasizes physiological development and training for injury-free competitive success.Additional workouts may be assigned for the athlete to complete on their own.

Juniors Winter Training

November 28th through March 4th
(No practice December 22th – January 9th)

Monday – Thursday 4:30 – 6:00, Saturday 1:30 – 3:30


Juniors Spring Training

March 6th through June 17th

Monday – Thursday 4:30 – 6:00, Saturday 1:30 – 3:30

SUP Fitness & Performance classes

We offer classes for all skill levels several times a week:


This class is for beginners who want to learn what Stand-up Paddle boarding is all about. We will cover basic skills like standing up on the board, turns and safety considerations. All equipment will be provided. Get your feet wet in the fastest growing outdoor sport!


This class is for the advanced beginner to intermediate paddler looking to improve their skills. You will learn how to paddle more efficiently and develop a more powerful stroke through simple adjustments and drills. Prerequisite: Must have taken Intro to SUP and/or must have paddled a few times and mastered basic turns.

TRX classes for paddling and rowing

This 2-hour course will introduce you to TRX equipment and teach you effective dryland workouts that will improve your flexibility and mobility and enhance your endurance, strength and power on the water. You will learn how to set up the TRX Suspension and Rip Trainer anywhere to perform a number of bodyweight exercises. TRX equipment allows us to train in 3-D. Limitless variations of movement angles are possible, to train like we move in daily life & on the water, rather than sitting down on a machine and train one muscle group or one plane of motion at a time.

Learn from a top-level certified TRX Instructor and take your workout to the next level.


Tue August 2: 6:30 – 8:30 pm Intro to SUP (All Levels)

Thurs. August 4: 6:30 – 8:30: SUP Stroke Technique (Must have taken Intro to SUP to attend or be advanced beginner)

Sun. August 7 3:00- 5:00 pm:  Intro to SUP  – All Levels

Tue. August 9  6:30-8:30 PM: TRX Training for Paddling & Rowing – All Levels

Tue. August 16  6:30-8:30 PM: SUP Stroke Technique

Tue. August 23 6:30-8:30PM: Intro to SUP

Sat. August 27 2:00-4:00pm: TRX Training for Paddling & Rowing – All Levels (Day before race)

Coached Sculling

These sessions are for experienced scullers, both competitive and recreational. All sessions will follow the LPBC competitive training plan, with appropriate modifications made for each individual. An LPBC member may sign up for any one coach’s program for $90/month or enjoy access to all of the options for $150/month. Private lessons can be arranged with any of the coaches listed here by signing up for private lessons and requesting the coach you want to work with.
Sarah Tinsley – Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Trish Brubaker – Tuesday evenings, 4:00 – 6:00, starting June 7th

Private Lessons

Once you have completed our Learn to Row class, or if you’d simply like to brush up on your skills, consider registering for a private lesson.
Each hour long lesson is taught by one of our knowledgeable club scullers and allow for an intense one-on-one instruction session.
Private lessons are also available for novices. Usually after 5 lessons an individual is ready to scull on their own in novice equipment.
 SUP Private lessons are also available.