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Learn to Row

The Rowing Club of Northwest Arkansas wants you to row with us.  We offer the most affordable and accessible entry to the sport of rowing you will find.  There is a place here for all ages, all levels of experience, or no experience at all.  

We offer a variety of introductory events throughout the year on beautiful Lake Fayetteville.  Just contact us and we will get you on the water.

Novice classes

Novice classes are for beginning rowers who have no experience with Crew or Rowing training. They are held on Saturdays from 8:00am-10:00, or earlier during the heat of the summer. Each set of classes runs for 4 consecutive weeks. Beginning dates are April 14th, June 30th and August 18th and can accommodate 6 participants. Participants will learn the basic principles of sweep rowing and sculling and common terminology used in the sport. Once you have completed the four classes, you are eligible to become a member of the club, and may join the other rowers on Lake Fayetteville as often as you wish.

NOVICE CLASS COSTS: Class fee is $65 for all four classes. Should you choose to join the club after completion of the classes, your class fee will be deducted from the first year's membership fee. Class fees are due prior to the first class. No refunds are given for no-shows or cancellations within 48 hours of the first class.

TO REGISTER: Contact us by email at or call us at (479) 236-0926. After contacting us, you can mail a check (payable to Rowing Club of Northwest Arkansas, or simply "RCNA") to: Rowing Club of Northwest Arkansas, P.O. Box 4521, Fayetteville, AR 72704, or go to “Online Payments” to use a credit card. Note that online payments are slightly higher, to offset the club’s expenses for using online commerce.

REQUIREMENTS: Participants 1) must be over 16 years of age, 2) must sign a waiver (link to waiver) and 3) must pass a swim test prior to the second class.

For those who wish to continue their training we offer additional intermediate training immediately following the completions of each session. You will be joined by many club members at this intermediate level, and opportunities for sweep and sculling instruction are available.

CLUB MEMBERSHIP: The yearly membership fee for individuals is $210, or $155 for students. Family rate is the individual rate for the first member, and additional members may join for $105. (Remember that your novice class fee goes toward this if you decide to join!)

team building with rowing

Are you looking for a way to build confidence with your team at work, school or church? The Rowing Club of NWA offers a special half-day clinic geared toward rowing as a team and practicing the art of working together. If you are interested, contact us at for more information and pricing. Ideal team sizes are 4-8 people.




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Calling All Rowers!  

Save the date:



SATURDAY ROWING -- Open Row, 10:00am-11:30am (Until April 14--see below)

April 3 YOUTH ROWING -- Haas Hall first day of practice.

April 7: REGATTA – Tulsa Route 66, Tulsa, OK

April 7 COMMUNITY EVENT -- Lake Fayetteville Clean-up 9:00am-12:00pm. Meet at the Lake Fayetteville Science Center.

April 12-14 COMMUNITY EVENT -- Joe Martin Stage Race, Fayetteville, AR

April 14: CLASS -- 1st Novice Rowing Clinic (Classes are April 14, 21, 28 & 29) 8:00am-10:00am

April 14: Open Row 8:00am-9:30am

April 14: COMMUNITY EVENT -- Hogeye Marathon/Half Marathon, Springdale, AR

April 28: REGATTA -- Lake Shawnee Classic, Topeka, KS


SATURDAY ROWING -- Open Row 8:00am-9:30am

May 19: CLASS -- Intermediate Rowing Clinic (registration required)

May 22: YOUTH ROWING -- Haas Hall Celebration Sprints

May 29: YOUTH ROWING -- Haas Hall Celebration Sprints


SATURDAY ROWING -- Open Row, 8:00am-9:30am

June 2: Learn To Row Day (

June 9: REGATTA -- B Richie Sprints, Wichita, KS

June 10: COMMUNITY EVENT -- Ladies DU Fayetteville Duathlon

June 23-- REGATTA -- Stars and Stripes Sprint Race, Oklahoma City, OK

June 30 -- CLASS -- 2nd Novice Rowing Clinic (Classes are June 30, July 7, 14,28) 8:00am-10:00am


SATURDAY ROWING -- Open Row, 8:00am-9:30am


SATURDAY ROWING -- Open Row, 8:00am-9:30am

August 4: CLASS -- Intermediate Rowing Clinic (registration required)

August 18: CLASS -- 3rd Novice Rowing Clinic (Classes are August 18, 25, September 1 & 8) 8:00am-10:00am


SATURDAY ROWING -- Open Row, 8:00am-10:00am

September 15: CLASS -- Intermediate Rowing Clinic (registration required)

September 29-30: REGATTA – Head of the Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK


SATURDAY ROWING -- Open Row, currently 8:00am-9:30am (Check to see if the time changes! It may change to 9-10:30 as the season progresses.)

October TBD: COMMUNITY EVENT -- Lake Fayetteville Clean-Up with the Lake Fayetteville Watershed Partnership

October 13: REGATTA -- Six Bridges Head Race, Little Rock, AR


SATURDAY ROWING -- Open Row, 10:00am-11:30am

November 4: REGATTA -- Frostbite, Wichita, KS

November TBD: COMMUNITY EVENT -- Fayetteville Half Marathon, Fayetteville, AR

November 18: COMMUNITY EVENT -- Run for the Parks!, Fayetteville, AR


SATURDAY ROWING -- Open Row, 10:00am-11:30am

December 18-January 12: Lake Closed for Holiday (no rowing). Time to erg!

What we do


The Rowing Club of Northwest Arkansas, Inc. is a non-profit club of rowing enthusiasts organized to teach, practice, and promote the sport of rowing in Northwest Arkansas, to encourage a healthy lifestyle, and to foster teamwork in the sport of rowing among people of diverse backgrounds and levels of experience. 





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