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)


Rowing Instruction

PORPA will be holding a theory of rowing session on Wednesday June 28 at 3:00 pm, followed by the coxing essentials presentation and an erg session.

Whoever can make it can come down to the mudhole at 5:00 and see the equipment and watch us prepare and take off on our session.

This session and one or two rowing sessions are free of charge to anyone interested in becoming members.

The expanded fleet is shaping up!

We’ve been working on the Vespoli 4+ donated by the University of Oregon.

Erwin has been tightening all the bolts and nuts, changing worn pieces, replacing parts with the ones we got from Gonzaga and just doing basic maintenance. In the next few days we will be receiving the replacement rib so that it can be installed together with some other missing and worn pieces that were ordered from Vespoli.

Take a look at this beauty, named YAM-PAH-PA which is one of the native American names of the Snake River.


“The PORPA fleet expands!


On Oct 27, 2016, PORPA added a pair of Vespolli racing shells to our fleet thanks to the generous support of the University of Oregon.

The shells are being lovingly put to bed for the winter, but we can’t wait to get them in the water with a growing community of rowers next year.


“Putting Away for Winter” party

After our successful first full season of rowing, the PORPA crowd gathered for to safely tuck away the 8 person shell, celebrate, and socialize with a tasty shrimp boil and delicious homemade desserts.

PORPA Crew at the HOP

After a summer of vigorous training, the PORPA 8+ crew entered the Head of the Pend Oreille Regatta for the first time.  They demonstrated the new colors and skills at the BBQ row-by in gorgeous weather.  Unfortunately, a sudden windstorm forced the regatta to be scrubbed.  A disappointed PORPA crew is looking forward to next year.