GDRA 2021 Learn To Row

GDRA is pleased to announce that we will be teaching Learn To Row (LTR) again in 2021. Each session will have six 2-hour classes meeting twice per week. The May session will meet from 10 AM to noon on Saturday and Sunday for three weekends: Saturday, May 1 & Sunday, May 2; Saturday, May 8 & Sunday, May 9; Saturday, May 15 & Sunday, May 16. The June session will meet from 10 AM to noon for three consecutive weekends: Saturday, June 12 & Sunday, June 13; Saturday, June 19 & Sunday, June 20; Saturday, June 26 & Sunday, June 27. The July session also will meet for three consecutive weekends: Saturday, July 10 & Sunday, July 11; Saturday, July 17 & Sunday, July 18; Saturday, July 24 & Sunday, July 25.

Classes will be taught in starting in quads (4-person boats) and progressing to doubles (2-person boats) and finally singles (1-person boats). The cost will be $150 per person which includes club membership for the rest of the year. To reserve your spot or request more information, please contact

GDRA will be following all State of Ohio COVID-19 protocols as well as our current club protocols for team boats. (All instructors and fellow students will be fully vaccinated. No private information from your vaccination card will be distributed, except for the fact that you have been vaccinated and are therefore approved for team boats.)

Rowing during the Pandemic

GDRA has been rowing safely in singles and household doubles since April. Rowing a single shell in the middle of a river is perhaps the ultimate socially distanced sport.

Our GDRA COVID19 Protocols follow all CDC, Ohio, Dayton and USRowing guidelines. We added new facilities for hand and boat washing and a new online reservation system to prevent crowding. Masks are required inside the boathouse and all our members are being very conscientious about social distancing.

We are fortunate that our club has a lot of single shells (24 club owned singles and 17 privately owned). As a result, our members have been able to row as much as they want. Participation is actually higher than it was last year! Our big team boats are gathering dust on the racks, but it is just not worth the risk. USRowing Guidelines still discourage rowing in team boats because of the risk of transmission of the disease through respiratory signature.

We look forward, of course, to the end of the pandemic. We look forward to rowing in team boats again and traveling to regattas. But in the meantime, we can row safely. And once you shove off from the dock, all those tensions and worries are replaced by that simple sound of the blades dropping into the water

GDRA 2020 Learn to Row

GDRA is pleased to announce that we will be teaching LTR in singles starting in July.  To teach safely and effectively, classes will be limited to 3 students per instructor.  Classes will be held on weekends.  Morning or early afternoon weekday sessions are also possible if there is sufficient interest.  The cost will be $175 per person.  To reserve your spot or for more information, please contact

GDRA Erg Program 2019/2020

Location: Downtown Dayton YMCA, Yoga/Pilates Room (adjacent to cycling)
Starts: December 5th
Schedule: Thursdays 6:15-7:15pm, Saturdays 11am-Noon
Coach: Jan Hill
Fees: YMCA of Greater Dayton membership is required, the initiation fee will be waived. You may cancel membership during any month. GDRA provides the rowing ergometers and coaching at no cost. If you already have a YMCA of Greater Dayton membership, then you are all set! And of course, your YMCA membership includes full access to Y facilities and programs in all Greater Dayton YMCAs.

To assist with obtaining your YMCA membership ahead of your first workout, GDRA will have someone at the YMCA counter on Thursday December 5 at 5:30pm, and Saturday December 7 at 10:30am.

As a GDRA member, you can use our ergs whenever the room is available. Also, there is likely to be a regular morning group ( more on that later).

Please let me know if you have any questions. See you there!

Linda Clemens

New Youth Membership Category

GDRA has recently introduced a Youth Membership category ages 12 – 17 years old in order to respond to requests from prospective members to be able to row with their families!

  • All existing GDRA rules will apply equally to Adult Members and Youth Members (including membership fee).
  • The only distinction between Youth and Adult Members is that Youth Members will require the supervision of an Adult Sponsor.
  • This new option does not change the existing Parent/Child rule that allows parents to row with non-member children.

Please email the GDRA Membership Director for more information.

2019 Sprint Racing Schedule

GDRA’s masters racing team will be participating in the following sprint regattas:
  • Dogwood Masters Classic May 25, 2019 | Melton Lake | Oak Ridge, TN (USA)
  • Indy Summer Sprints Jun 22, 2019 | Eagle Creek Park | Indianapolis, IN (USA)
  • Independence Day Regatta Jun 28, 2019 to Jun 30, 2019 | Schuylkill River | Philadelphia, PA (USA)
  • Midwest Summer Sprints Championships Aug 3, 2019 | Dillon Lake | Nashport, OH (USA)
  • USRowing Masters National Championships Aug 15, 2019 to Aug 18, 2019 | Grand River| Grand Rapids, MI (USA)

Discover Rowing with GDRA

Greater Dayton Rowing Association has been operating since 1992. Our boathouse is on Island MetroPark, near downtown Dayton. We welcome everyone from college students to retirees. Both recreational rowers and competitive racers. Our membership is a pretty even split between men and women.

We will teach you how to row!

  • Sign up for Learn-To-Row. ($75 for 6 lessons). Contact the LTR Director
  • After graduating from Learn-To-Row, your first year membership is free !

If you already know how to row,
then join GDRA now!

  • As a member, you have full access to the boathouse at any time of day. So, you can row on your own schedule, or team up with someone, or join the regularly scheduled sweep practice.
  • We have 40 club owned boats to choose from, ranging from entry level boats to elite Hudson racing shells. The fleet includes 2 eights, 2 fours, 1 pair, 5 quads, 7 doubles and 23 singles.
  • If you own a boat, we have berths available. Contact the Boathouse Manager.
  • Membership fees are reduced for Young Adults (age 18-27) and summer-only College Students.
  • Active and Retired Military discounts on all classes and membership fees. Contact the Club President.
  • Go to Regatta Central to sign up now!


Greater Dayton Rowing Association is hosting the All-American Rowing Camp on May 3-5, 2019!

Would you like to participate in a three day rowing camp with professional coaches right here in Dayton? Take your rowing to another level?


Here are the basics:
  • Three days of camp
  • Each rower picks the morning session or afternoon session.
  • Coaching, videotaping, rigging.
  • We design the camp according to our interests:  competitive, sculling, recreational, sweep, team boats, singles.
  • Professional collegiate and masters coaches

For registration information, E-mail:



Discover rowing!


    The Greater Dayton Rowing Association invites you to discover how rowing can boost your fun & fitness. Get introduced to the boats, oars, basic body mechanics, how to get in a boat safely, & get on the water in a sweep or sculling boat. Registration requested, walk-ins welcome. Receive a $25 discount for our Learn-to-Row program later in May!

When:  Saturday, May 11 & Saturday July 13

Where: 101 E. Helena Street. (Island Metropark)