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 program offerings are listed below. 

Fall 2021 Adult Rowing
This fall, we invite all participants to participate in our home race, the Head of the Riverfront Regatta. Our sweep teams will provide practice opportunities for those interested in additional races. There are no beginner sweep or scull classes in the fall, but if you are interested in scheduling individual sessions, please email Bryan Pape to inquire about private lessons. Those wishing to join Men’s Racing Team or Women’s Racing Team for fall only should contact Bryan Pape.

Recreational Teams
Recreational teams practice twice weekly and are offered to experienced adult rowers. Most sessions are in sweep boats, though there will be opportunities to scull as well. Midmorning practices tend towards smaller groups and more sculling. September practices will prepare athletes for the Head of the Riverfront (with the option to race at the CRI Fall Classic). October practices will prepare athletes for the Head of the Fish. Athletes who wish to race should inform their coaches ASAP; races require an additional fee and may require schedule flexibility to practice racing lineups with athletes from across different teams.

Fall Recreational Class Schedule:

  • AM Rec, Tuesday/Thursday, 6 – 7:30 am, September session, 9/7 – 9/30, or entire fall session, 9/7 – 10/28
  • Midmorning Rec, Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30 – 11 am, September session, 9/7 – 9/30, or entire fall session, 9/7 – 10/28
  • PM Rec, Monday/Wednesday, 6 – 7:30 pm, 9/6 – 9/29

Intermediate Sweep
Tuesday/Thursday , 6 – 7:30 pm, 9/7 – 9/30
Designed as the second step in the learn to row process, the Intermediate Sweep class is open to any adult rower who has completed at least one Learn to Row or Learn to Scull session. Rowers will move from the training barge of their Learn to Row class into a narrower “racing” style shell and translate the skills acquired in the barge, working up to rowing all eight without stabilizing pontoons by the end of the month. As the final Intermediate Sweep session of the year, the goal is for as many athletes as possible to feel prepared to move on to one of the recreational or racing teams when teams return to the water in 2022. Intermediate Sweep participants are encouraged to compete in the Head of the Riverfront on October 3.

Monday/Wednesday, 8:30 – 10 am, 9/6 – 10/27
Our coached sculling classes for experienced rowers (intermediate or advanced skill level; for questions regarding your fit in this class, contact Bryan Pape) will continue through the fall on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Up to 10 athletes will go on guided rows each day, focusing on one specific skill and plenty of rowing time to work on it. Participants in this class are encouraged to compete in the Head of the Riverfront on October 3.

Sculling Team
Wednesday/Friday, 6 – 7:30 am,  9/8 – 10/29
The competitive Sculling Team has room for up to 4 additional members (experienced scullers only) through the end of the season. Sculling Team sessions combine the skill-development of MW Sculling with the race preparation of Men’s/Women’s Racing Teams. Scullers will split time between singles and team (double, quad) boats in different combinations with their teammates. Athletes will be encouraged to compete in the following races: CRI Fall Classic, 9/18, the Head of the Riverfront, 10/3, and the Head of the Fish, 10/30. Please contact Bryan Pape with any questions about your fit on this team

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