Learn to Row


No Experience Necessary!!

Penn AC recognizes that many people in Philadelphia and the surrounding communities drive by Boathouse Row and the Schuylkill River on a consistent basis and see the rowing shells on the water and think to themselves, “I would love to try that”. Penn AC’s Learn-to-Row (LTR) classes are open to the public, help to open the doors to Boathouse Row and are designed for those who have always wanted to try rowing to give it a try. You do not need to be a member of the Club to register for and participate in the classes. Again, no experience is necessary!

Four different sessions will be offered in the late Summer and Fall of 2018.  Each session consists of 6 classes and is 3 weeks in length.  There are 3 different class day / time slots to choose from during each session – M/W from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, T / Th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Sa / Su from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM.  Our hope is one of these day/time slots will provide you with the opportunity needed to give it a try.  Please see our class schedule below for the dates of each session.

LTR at Penn AC is designed to teach those with no rowing experience the basics of the sport. The classes will focus on teaching proper boat handling, the basics of rowing / sculling, and boathouse etiquette. While all of our classes are geared toward beginners, if after trying one of our LTR classes you are excited to continue learning to row at Penn AC, please let us know and we can work to setup additional classes during later sessions to accommodate you and others like you.

Program Dates


Jackie DavisonLearn-to-Row Coach: Jackie Davison

Jackie Davison, a Philadelphia area native, began rowing at Conestoga High School when she was 15. Following a successful high school rowing career, including winning the 2003 USRowing Youth National Championship in the women’s quad, she continued to row for four years at Boston College.

During her summer breaks in college, Jackie coached for PA Rowing Camps learn-to-row program, teaching hundreds of people how to row. After graduating from Boston College, she continued to coach as the graduate assistant coach for the women’s team at Temple University while she earned her J.D.

After graduating from Temple, she has continued to coach both at the collegiate and high school level, most recently spending the last 5 years coaching Conestoga High School’s Novice Rowing Team.

Program Details

For any person who has the desire to learn to row. No experience is necessary.

Eligible Participants

All participants must sign Penn AC’s Release of Liability be able to swim.

Class Tuition

$375 – due at time of registration

Note, if your class does not fill in a way which will permit it to run, you may be asked if you are flexible and can change your registration to a different class time. A full refund will be given if a class you have registered for does not run and you are unable to move to a different class time. No refunds will be offered for missed classes

Online Application

Applications open on August 6th and will close the day before the start of each class in each session.

Those who wish to apply for a Learn-to-Row class must register at RegattaCentral. If you are new to this service, you will need to first setup a new account (free of charge) before applying.