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From young to seasoned, beginner to competitor, TRRA has a seat in a boat for everyone! We have programs tailored for kids, adults, and seniors - and programs for fun, fitness, networking, skill development, competitive racing, and for people with disabilities.

How to get started!

Experienced Rowers

What is rowing?

Rowing, a.k.a. crew (in the United States), dates back to the ancient Egyptians, who used it as a form of transportation. In the mid-17th century, Europeans developed rowing into sport. Modern rowing involves moving the boat, also called a shell, through the water by holding onto oars, sitting on a wheeled seat, and pushing off with your legs.


There are two types of rowing: Sweep, and Sculling.


With sweep rowing, each rower holds one oar with both hands, with oars alternating between port or starboard sides of the boat. Sweep boats are called a 2, 4, or 8 - which refers to the number of seats in the boat.

With sculling, each rower holds two oars - one in each hand. Sculling boats are called singles, doubles, or quads - which also refers to the number of seats in the boat.

An eight person rowing shell
About rowing
adult learn to row

Adult Learn to Row

Adult Learn to Row (LTR) is TRRA’s newest adult program! This program focuses on fostering safe and positive on-the-water learning environment. ​This program launches from our Millvale Training Center  located at 90 Riverfront Dr. in Millvale Riverfront Park.


Program details:
  • For beginner rowers with less than one year of continuous experience to no experience. 

  • 20-rower limit per block

  • Sculling and Sweep skills

  • Erg, Tank & On-the-water instruction

  • Rowers may register for as many blocks as desired.

2024 Schedule and Registration: (Registration opens 3/01/24)

Block 1: April 11 - May 5 ($225*) 8 Sessions, Thursdays 6:30pm - 8:00pm

& Sundays 8:30am - 10:00am

This session is a great head start for Summer Rowing League and great for anyone curious about the sport, but not ready for a long commitment. Beware, you might get hooked!


Block 2: May 9 - July 18 ($475*) 20 Sessions, Thursdays 6:30pm - 8:00pm 

& Sundays 8:30am - 10:00am

Blocks 1 & 2 will build the the skills necessary to move on to our year-round rowing programs or give you the chance to enjoy the river throughout the summer. 


Block 3: July 21 - September 26 ($475*) 20 Sessions, Thursdays 6:30pm -

8:00pm & Sundays 8:30am - 10:00am


* 3.26% credit card fee applies. Make checks out for the amounts above and mail to: TRRA Attn: Kim Thomson, 300 Waterfront Dr. Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Nate Dolphin, Head Coach

Private Lessons

Private lessons are often used for rowers to learn how to row a single rowing shell, enabling them to row on their own using TRRA equipment as part of our Log-Book Sculling program. Sculling lessons are a great introduction to the sport of rowing or a great way to enhance your current skills! TRRA will provide a coach and equipment to personalize your learning experience on your schedule!

Sculling lessons can be scheduled for individuals or two people at a time and all scheduling is subject to coach availability. Each participant must sign a TRRA Waiver and have a Swim Test on file with TRRA.  Fees for all Private Lessons must be paid in advance and be completed on-line. 

90 minute Sculling Lesson for One: $105.00

90 minute Sculling Lesson for Two: $155.00

Successful completion of a certification test at the end of your lessons qualifies you to participate in TRRA's Log Book Sculling program. Please review TRRA safety guidelines on the Safety Page to familiarize yourself with requirements for certification.


Other types of private lessons include rowers who want to improve their skills in in a particular boat. For example, a group of rowers who want extra coached practices in preparation for a race, or a rower from out of town wants to row on Pittsburgh's rivers while in town. Private lessons are perfect for these and other special circumstances. Let us know what you want to accomplish, and we'll help you meet your goal. Contact your coach directly or

To inquire about private lessons, contact one of the coaches below whose schedule is best for you. If they have availability, they will provide you with a private lesson registration link.

Note: 2024 Private Lessons are now open! - Sunrise to 12:30pm on Sundays, but please inquire for weekday times I may be able to accommodate. - Most weekdays. Please inquire as availability varies. - Weekday mornings 8am - 11am - Please inquire as availability varies. - Please inquire as availability varies. - Weekends. Please inquire as availability varies.


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