There are 2 styles of rowing and we offer introductory group classes for each.
Most participants have never set foot in a rowing shell before their first class. Classes for either style of rowing are taught with the understanding that participants have never touched an oar before.
Learn to Scull meets 1-2 times a week for several weeks. Participants learn how to row in small 1- or 2-person boats with 2 oars per person. Sculling boats are for 1, 2, or 4 rowers, so this style of rowing allows rowers to row independently on their own.
Learn more about our current Learn to Scull classes here.
Learn to Sweep is an intensive 3-session course over one long weekend. Participants learn how to row in large team boats, usually of 4 or 8 rowers, where each rower has 1 oar. This is the style of rowing described in The Boys in the Boat and A Most Beautiful Thing. It is also commonly seen on motivational posters about teamwork.
Learn more about our current Learn to Sweep classes here.
Don’t worry, everyone is bad at rowing when they start. While some rowers may pick up the stroke faster than others, prepare to feel like a baby giraffe, it’s normal. We welcome masters of all ages with our current adult rowers range from their 20s to their 80s. We also have boats of different sizes and weight classes.
Rowers do need to certify that they can swim. You can choose to wear a life jacket at any time although it is only required in specific situations.
Our coaches are used to working around injuries and mobility restrictions, so please let them know of any issues. Even something like a sprained ankle can create discomfort that a coach can help you work around.
If you are interested in learning both styles of rowing, you are welcome to take both “Learn to” classes, though the skills translate very well from one style to the next. If a rower needs to switch styles (eg: COVID-19 social distancing requirements) the coaching staff are typically able to help rowers transition without taking a formal “Learn to” class.
We are always on the lookout for new coxswains to steer our sweep boats through practices and on to victory in regattas. If you are relatively small in stature and big in assertiveness, let’s talk! We do offer Coxswain Clinics and our coaching staff are available to help to train you. Coxswains generally need to be under 5’ 6” to be comfortable in the seat and the less they weigh the better.
Learn more about our Coxswain Clinics here.