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Winter 2019

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Winter Registration begins December 10th for Tempe Residents and December 17th for Non-Residents

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Teen Programs

Float Test

All Rowing participants must complete a 10-minute float test and watch a U.S. Rowing Safety Video (does NOT include stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking). If you have Rowing experience but are new to the City of Tempe Rowing Program, you must fulfill this requirement. For additional information, please contact the Boating Office at 480-350-8069.

Junior Learn to Row

This session will give athletes a chance to find out if rowing is for them and learn the basics of rowing before they join a team. Float test will be held at Kiwanis Recreation Center. Class fee is applied to Junior Rowing Team if participant registers for the fall session. Fee: $75. For more information call 480-350-8069.

61205 13 yrs+           M/W/F     1/7-1/18          4-6 p.m.          TTLM

Junior Rowing

Our Junior Rowing program (ages 13 through 18) has a Varsity and Novice component. We are competitive and train 5 days per week in preparation for local and national racing competitions. Two of the five days are expected to be done on your own. Come to the lake and join one of the fastest growing sports in the country. *No Class Mon Jan 15 and Mon Feb 19th. Fee: $332. 480-350-8069

61206 13 yrs+           M/W/F     1/8-5/9*          4-6 p.m.          TTLM


Adult Programs

Float Test - Rowing Classes, Only

All rowing participants must complete a 10-minute float test and watch a U.S. Rowing Safety Video (does not include paddling classes). If you have rowing experience but are new to the City of Tempe Rowing Program, you must fulfill this requirement. For additional information, please contact the Boating Office at 480-350-8069.

Rowers 18 years and older are eligible to participate in the following skill levels:


Learn to Row is the starting point for new rowers. Rowers will be in bigger boats and learn at a steady pace throughout the class.


Open Rowing and Sculling focuses on rowing for fitness and technical growth with an option of racing at local and regional regattas.

Adult Learn to Row Workshop

Find out what rowing on Tempe Town Lake is all about. This workshop will introduce you to our rowing program, where you will meet our coaches and other rowers. This program is a great way to find out if rowing is for you. Learn to Row Workshop fee counts toward the cost of the full learn to row session. No float test required and no experience necessary. Fee: $30. 480 350-8069

barcode 61194 18 yrs+           Sa/Su 3/16-3/17            7:30-9:30 a.m.          

Adult Learn to Row

This course will introduce the basics of rowing safety and boat-handling. Proper rowing technique and fitness development are stressed. This course is designed to be repeated. During the first class, first time participants must pass a 10-minute float test and have a basic level of fitness. First three classes are mandatory. *No Class 1/13  480-350-8069

barcode 61192 18 yrs+           Sa/Su 1/5-1/27*        7:30-9:30 a.m.            $84
barcode 61193 18 yrs+           Sa/Su 2/2-2/24          7:30-9:30 a.m.            $96

Adult Open Rowing and Sculling

This session brings experienced rowers together and is designed with athletes in mind. Sweep-rowers and scullers may try either discipline; class utilizes cross-training, video analysis and flexibility and focuses on a high-level of rowing. Prerequisite: Learn to Row or commensurate experience. **No Class 1/13 or 3/3 and *No Class 3/2 480-350-8069

barcode 61209 18 yrs+           Sa       1/5-3/23*        7-9 a.m.           $99
barcode 61210 18 yrs+           Su       1/6-3/24**       7-9 a.m.           $90
barcode 61211 18 yrs+           T          1/8-3/19          9-11 a.m.         $99   
barcode 61207 18 yrs+           T          1/8-3/19        5:45-7:45 p.m.          $99
barcode 61212 18 yrs+           Th       1/10-3/21        9-11 a.m.         $99
barcode 61208 18 yrs+           Th       1/10-3/21       5:45-7:45 p.m.           $99

Club Rowing

This program is designed for advanced rowers able to row (singles and doubles only) on Tempe Town Lake. Rowers will check-out equipment during Club Rowing times and train on their own. Prerequisites: Coordinator permission and a successful re-entry test on file. Club Fee: $60/year, (year-round program); Rowing Fee: $20/month. To register call 480-350-8034.

NO CODE     18 yrs+           T-F      1/2       5:30-7 a.m.    TTLM

Adult Paddling Classes

Essentials of Kayak Touring

Developed by ACA certified kayak instructors; this class will refine your kayak touring skills and is perfect for all levels of experience. Instructors focus on basic, intermediate and advanced strokes and maneuvers as well as fitness, boat-handling and rescues in “sit-inside” touring kayaks. All equipment provided. No experience necessary. Register early. Fee: $80. 480-350-8069

barcode 61195 18 yrs+           Sa       1/26-2/16       7-9 a.m.

Glow Kayak

Join us for a night under the stars while we glow and glide across the water. In addition to all necessary kayaking equipment, participants will receive glow in the dark accessories. Feel free to wear glow in the dark clothing items that you don’t mind getting wet. Register early. Adult Fee: $35, Youth Fee: $20 Youth, ages 10-17 must be accompanied by an adult. 480-350-8069

barcode 61196 10 yrs+           Th       3/14    7-9 p.m.

Introduction to Kayaking

Developed by ACA certified kayak instructors; this is a perfect class for all levels of paddling experience. This class will focus on basic strokes and maneuvers as well as fitness, boat-handling and rescues in “sit-on-top” kayaks.  All necessary equipment will be provided. No experience necessary. 480-350-8069

barcode 61199 18 yrs+           Sa       1/26-2/16       9-11 a.m.
barcode 61293 18 yrs+           W        1/30-2/20       9-11 a.m.

Introduction to Stand-up Paddling

Join the fastest-growing watersport in the country on Tempe Town Lake. No experience necessary; this class will teach you the basics of Stand-up Paddling. All equipment is provided. Fee $30. 480-350-8069

barcode 61200 18 yrs+           Sa       1/26    9-10:30 a.m.
barcode 61201 18 yrs+           Sa       2/16    9-10:30 a.m.
barcode 61203 18 yrs+           T          3/12    5:30-7 p.m.
barcode 61204 18 yrs+           T          3/19    5:30-7 p.m.
barcode 61202 18 yrs+           Sa       3/16    9-10:30 a.m. 

Stand-Up Paddling Fitness

Once you have learned the basics of SUP, stay in shape by taking SUP Fitness. This class will focus on fitness and advanced paddling technique. Prerequisites: Intro to Stand-Up Paddling or commensurate experience. 480-350-8069

barcode 61214 18 yrs+           Su       1/27-3/17*      7:30-9 a.m.      $63
barcode 61215 18 yrs+           W        1/23-3/20       5:30-7 p.m.      $81

Stand-Up Paddling Yoga

Enjoy paddling on the lake, anchoring boards and setting yoga breathing. It will feature seated and standing yoga postures, including sun salutations, lunges and downward-facing dog. We will take a few quiet meditation moments before paddling back. Prerequisite: Intro SUP or commensurate experience. Fee: $35. 480-350-8069

barcode 61296 18 yrs+           Sa       1/26    10:30am-12 p.m.
barcode 61213 18 yrs+           Sa       2/23    10:30am-12 p.m.
barcode 61297 18 yrs+           Sa       3/16    10:30am-12 p.m.