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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. Join a crew today with one of the selections below!

New to rowing? Start here.

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.

TRRA is partnering with TopRow to help folks get started. TopRow is a national organization now operating from the Three Rivers boathouse, featuring their own coastal rowing shells to enhance the learning experience. See below for a link to TopRow information and registration.

An eight person rowing shell
adult learn to row

Adult Learn To Row

Our new partner, TopRow, offers learn-to-row opportunities for both sweep rowing and sculling.


See you on the water!


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: $75

90 minute Sculling Lesson for Two: $120

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.


Adam Herrick - 

Monday 2pm - 3:45pm

Tuesday, Wednesday 9:40am - 2pm

Thursday 7:30am - 2pm

Friday 7:30am - 3:45pm

Saturday 1pm - 3pm

Sunday 11:30am - 12pm


Emily Kiehn -

Monday, Tuesday, Friday 10am - 2pm

Saturday 10am - 2pm

Sunday 9am - 12pm


Dylan Lukas -

Availability varies. Email to inquire


Dillan Thomson - 

Monday - Friday 9am - 2pm

Saturday 10am - 4pm

Sunday 10am - 12pm


Kimberly Thomson - 

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8am - 12pm

Tuesday, Thursday 7am - 11am

Saturday 7am - 1pm

Sunday 9:30am - 12pm

private lessons
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