Learn to Row !!

The Pend Oreille Rowing and Paddling Association of Priest River (PORPA) is excited to
announce the offering of a Masters (age 18 and over) Learn To Row program. This learn
to row program is for beginning and novice rowers. The program will cover the
fundamentals of rowing and rowing safety.

Coach:  Dan Gehn, Gonzaga University Men’s Rowing Coach:

About Coach Gehn:  Dan Gehn begins his 26th year as Director of Rowing and head men’s rowing coach at Gonzaga University in 2019. Under his guidance Gonzaga crew has become a recognized team on the West Coast and in recent years the Bulldogs have started to appear on the national rowing scene.  This was noted with first place finishes in two events in the April 2019 UCSD Invitational.

Location:  Priest River Recreation Area aka The Mudhole

Program description:

This is a two-week instruction (four sessions) to be held on each Saturday and Sunday 10:30am-1pm.  Each day will consist of a 2.5-hour session both off the water and on the water.


Adult Beginning:  Learn to Row:  June 15,16,22 &23 and July 6,7,13&14

Sign up deadline for these sessions are June 1, 2019 and June 26, 2019 respectively.

Adult Beginning Level II Learn to Row: July 6,7,13 &14

Sign up deadline for this session is June 26, 2019

Cost:  $200 per session.  Payment must be in advance.  Payment can be made on porpa.org via Paypal; or by check payable to PORPA sent to PO Box 842, Priest River, ID 83856.

**A minimum of eight (8) participants will be needed or it will be cancelled and money will be returned.

If there is interest, mid-week sessions may be possible.  Individual coaching sessions can be arranged with Coach Gehn.  PORPA equipment is available for a $25 user fee.

Individuals who complete the course are invited to join PORPA.  They can row free until the end of July and have a fifty percent discount on a rowing membership in 2019. The $50 initiation fee will still be required.  PORPA has a fleet of 6 rowing shells to include 2 -8s. a 4, a double and 2 singles and thus can provide a rowing experience at any interest level.

For PORPA members:  1-hour sessions are offered on Sunday  9-10am.   $25 two-week session.  Deadline to sign up for these sessions is June 1 and June 26.

To participate, fill out and mail the registration and waiver forms available in the links below or contact us here if you have questions.

Learn to Row registration Form 2019

Waiver Form (Required)


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