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)