Adult Rowing

From college students to retirees, beginners to the very experienced, men and women of all ages and physical abilities can participate in our classes for beginning, intermediate and experienced rowers. Classes are offered in both large, team boats (sweep rowing) and smaller, individual boats (sculling) in spring, summer and fall, and during the winter we train indoors. 

Current Programs:
While the ongoing COVID epidemic has made changes to our program necessary, we are pleased to be able to offer coached and independent sculling and outdoor fitness classes.

Outdoor Erging
September 7 – October 4 |  Sundays, 8:30 – 10 am
Looking for another way to stay fit and want to stay outside? Our weekly outdoor erging class is just  what you need.  With each stroke on the ergometer you are actively stretching, increasing fitness, building strength, right outside the boathouse in Riverside Park.

Coached Sculling:
September 7 – October 4 
Coached sculling sessions for adult individuals and doubles are available on the following days/times: M/W or Tu/Th: 6 – 7:30 am, 8:30 – 10 am, 11 am – 12:30 pm, 6 – 7:30 pm, and Sat and Sun: 8:30 – 10 am. 

Please remember to register for the appropriate level class, based on the categories below:

Novice – In addition to brand new rowers, or sweep rowers without prior sculling experience, this designation is for scullers who require help from a coach for one or more of the following: setting up their boat on the dock, getting in and out of the boat, launching and landing on the dock, following the traffic pattern, steering/avoiding obstacles while rowing. Whenever a novice class is offered, novice athletes will have priority on the ideal novice hull for each athlete. Narrower “racing” hulls (Club 1-8, Eau Eau Eau, and Lucky 13) are prioritized for Intermediate and Advanced classes. At the same time, we try to get novice scullers an opportunity to try out the more advanced hulls by the end of the session, but we cannot guarantee it.

Intermediate – this describes scullers who can set up their boat on the dock, get in and out, launch and land, follow the traffic pattern, and steer/avoid obstacles without hands-on help, but are most comfortable with a coach on hand to provide backup as needed. Intermediate scullers have prior single sculling experience and/or extensive experience in a double or quad and have acquired the necessary skills and terminology (rowing through the full stroke cycle, squaring/feathering, getting blades in/out of water, turning/spinning) required to scull. These classes will tend to focus on refining the basic skills into something consistent, repeatable, and race-ready (for those who wish to race). During timeslots without a novice class, intermediates who prefer to row in training hulls (S1-S6) will have priority on them.

Advanced – these scullers have mastered all of the above skills, and are self-sufficient in all but emergencies. Advanced scullers are and feel safe even if temporarily out of line-of-sight with the coach. Advanced classes continue to fine-tune sculling skills and tend to skew towards focusing on specific mastery for the individual more than broader concepts for the group.

Doubles – this option is available to experienced (intermediate or advanced) scullers only. It requires a set partner (no mixing and matching lineups, to minimize the potential for the spread of COVID-19). All entries will go to the waitlist to make sure that we have space, an appropriate partner, and an appropriate hull. You will be prompted to list your preferred doubles partner in the registration. If your doubles partner is unable to attend a practice, you will be assigned to one of the available singles.

Independent Sculling:
September 7 – October 4 
Experienced adult scullers are welcome to register for an Independent Sculling Membership, allowing members to row without a coach when equipment is available. All members must first pass a sculling competency and river safety check, and follow safety guidelines.