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

June 4th is Annual National Learn to Row Day – FREE

LPBC is offering FREE Introduction to Rowing and Paddling sessions for beginners interested in learning more about the sport.

Learn to Row and Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) in the heart of Lincoln Park!

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For those interested in paddling as well as rowing, instruction on how to use our Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boarding equipment will also be available

All are welcome, regardless of experience or fitness level.

Enjoy the Lincoln Park Lagoon, get a unique view of the Chicago skyline and have a day to remember!

When:
Saturday, June 4, 2016
9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Sessions throughout the day

Where:
Lincoln Park Boat Club Boathouse
2341 N Cannon Dr., Chicago, IL 60614
Just East of the Lincoln Park Zoo, by the Lincoln Park Lagoon

General Information:
During the FREE event, participants will be able learn the basics of sweep rowing and stand up paddle boarding. Sessions will be held throughout the day with a complimentary bar-be-que for participants at noon.

Visitors will tour the boathouse, learning the basics of rowing and paddling with both land training on a rowing machine and on-the-water time in an eight-person boat or on paddle boards. This two-and-a-half hour overview session will introduce rowing equipment, the basics of the rowing stroke, and general water safety.

The Day Of: 
Wear comfortable but tight fitting athletic clothing, socks, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat and bring a water bottle. Rowing and paddling are water sports, so plan to get a bit damp. Please do not bring valuables or anything that could be damaged by water.  There are no public lockers or places to secure valuables at the club.

Parking can be challenging during summers around Lincoln Park. Please leave up to 30 minutes to find a space.
Any additional questions? Email learntorowday@lpbc.net.

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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.

June

Summer class 1
$245/9 sessions
  • June
  • June 7-25
  • Rain out dates
  • June 28, 29, 30
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July

Summer class 2
$245/9 sessions
  • July 
  • July 5 – 26
  • Rain out dates

  • July 28, 30, 31
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August

Summer class 3
$245/9 sessions
  • August
  • August 2 – 20
  • Rain out dates
  • August 23, 25, 27

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September

Summer class 4
$245/9 sessions
  • September
  • September 6th – 27th with no class on the 17th.
  • Rain out dates
  • September 29th and October 1
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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

Novice Rowing

Members rate
$90/month
  • For Graduates of Learn-to-Row, or equivalent
  • LPBC membership is required
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Novice Rowing

Non-Members rate
$150/month
  • Completion of Learn to Row or equivalent is required.
  • This is the option for those who do not wish to become members of LPBC, but still wish to participate on the Novice Rowing Team
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Junior Sculling and Boating

Fall Season: September 6th through November 12th
(No practice September 17th, October 16th, and October 19th – 22nd)

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.

Junior Boating

ages 9 - 12
$500/season
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Youth Sculling

ages 13 - 14
$650/season
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Junior Sculling

ages 15 - 17
$650/season
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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

Juniors Winter Training

$650/season
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Juniors Spring Training

$950/season
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SUP Fitness & Performance classes

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

INTRO TO SUP

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!

SUP STROKE TECHNIQUE

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.

Dates

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

Coached Sessions

Sculling Coaching
$90/month
  • Sessions with one coach
  • LPBC Membership required
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All-Access

Sculling Coaching
$150/month
  • Sessions with ANY coach
  • LPBC Membership required
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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.

Private Lesson

Single lesson (Sculling)
$65/hour
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5 Private lessons

Lesson pack - Sculling
$300/5 hours
  • 5 private lessons
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Private SUP Lesson

Single lesson (SUP)
$90/hour
  • One hour private lesson
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