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Adult Learn to Row Classes!

Beautiful Lake Purdy is perfect for rowing, located within the city limits of Birmingham, and rowing is the sport that provides a full-body cardio AND resistance workout! Sign up for either the June or July adult class to learn, then join Lake Purdy Rowing Association to enjoy the sport year-round.  

Tuition for the 6-session class is $150 .  

JUNE CLASS: Sat. June 10 3-6pm, Sun. June 11 8-10am, Tues. June 13 6-8pm, Sat. June 17 8-10am, Sun. June 18 8-10am, Tues. June 20 6-8pm.

JULY CLASS: Sat. July 15 3-6pm, Sun. July 16 8-10am, Tues. July 18  6-8pm, Sat. July 22  8-10am, Sun. July 23 8-10am, Tues. July 25 6-8pm.

Because each session builds upon the previous one, it is necessary that you attend each of the 6 sessions. You must be comfortable in and on the water, a competent swimmer able to tread water for 10 minutes, strong enough to help lift the boats overhead to carry them from the shed to the water, and willing to respect the authority of the coaches. Tuition is nonrefundable, as you have taken the place of someone else who wanted to participate.  However, if you cancel prior to the first class AND we are able to fill your seat, or if an entire session is cancelled for unforeseeable reasons, your tuition will be refunded in full.  Due to equipment design limitations we cannot accept candidates weighing more than 250 pounds. 


Lake Purdy Rowing Association

Lake Purdy Rowing Association (LPRA) is a member of the United States Rowing Association and a 501(c)3 all-volunteer organization formed in 2013 to give people throughout Greater Birmingham the opportunity to participate in the sport of rowing.  LPRA offers adult Learn-to-Row classes each summer, conducts year-round programs for member recreational and competitive masters, and sponsors Birmingham Area Youth Rowing and Samford University Crew.

LPRA's mission is to nurture a passion for both rowing and sculling in people of all ages,  focusing on teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership, and commitment to being good environmental stewards of the Lake Purdy Reservoir.

Summer Youth Rowing Camps

Birmingham Area Youth Rowing is offering half-day summer camps, running  Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 11:30am. The program is intended for ages 10-18 and offers an introduction to rowing for beginners while helping improve the skill and fitness of more experienced participants.

Summer 2017 dates: June 12 – 16June 26 – 30July 17 – 21July 24 – 28July 31 – August 4

Coach: Veronica Cross

Cost per week: $200 per rower

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We Have a New Dock!

LPRA has purchased a new low-profile modular Connect-a-Dock that should be delivered this month.  The type of dock used at major rowing regattas, it is incredibly stable, easy to move with fluctuating water levels, and so durable it comes with an 8-year warranty.  

This year's extreme drought forced excessive movement of the dock extension completed in early 2016, causing stress failures and unsafe conditions.  The 2017 replacement should permanently resolve this problem.  

New WinTech Quad

LPRA has purchased a new WinTech Quad which we received at the Head of the Hooch in November.   This is a great addition to our fleet, benefiting coached recreational rowing, sculling lessons, and racing!

Please be aware that we are making monthly payments on this boat and need all members to pay their dues promptly, make tax-deductible contributions as possible, and participate in fund-raising activities to assure we can pay it off!

Lake Access (P&S) Fees Now Included in Dues

This year LPRA members will pay a flat amount with their dues instead of paying a separate per-day fee at the Fishing Office.  Each member will pay $70 as a flat pass-through to Lake Purdy Fishing.  This Property & Services (P&S) fee covers many benefits in addition to lake access, including property for our boathouse, storage, and dock; on-site security, restroom facilities, dock moving services, rescue services, utilities, parking space, etc.  

This change was made at the request of our sponsor, Lake Purdy Fishing, and is intended to both reduce interruptions to their staff and to encourage our members to row more frequently.

LPRA Lake Purdy Rowing Association

LPRA Lake Purdy Rowing Association

3780 Boat Launch Road, Birmingham AL 35242