Is rowing for me?

Yes, people of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to try our Adult or Youth Beginners classes.

Do I need to bring anything?

No, we provide all of the equipment.  (Water bottle, sunscreen, hat as desired).

What is the cost of the equipment I will be using?

All rowing equipment is expensive, whether it is new or used. Beginners start off on $900 ergometers and many use a $12,500 training boat.  A new eight-person rowing shell costs over $28,000; a single new oar, $310; the sound system in the boat is approximately $675; coaches teach from a $1,500 launch powered by a $3,200 motor.

What should I wear?

Wear clothing that is comfortable and weather/exercise appropriate: sweatpants and long-sleeve shirts on cooler days; shorts and t-shirts during warm weather. Wear socks— when you get in the rowing shells you will take off your sneakers and insert your foot into pre-existing foot stretchers.

What amenities are provided?

The boathouse features showers for those who would like to clean up and/or change clothes. Please remember that the boathouse and the park are public places, and valuables should never be left unattended. You may bring a lock to use on a locker during the class period, but you must take the lock with you when you are done.

What should I expect from class?

Beginners’ classes focus on the basics of rowing. While rowing is not rocket science, it takes a few classes and some patience to learn the fundamentals. These are classes that teach a skill, they are not fitness classes. By the end of the eight classes you will have a good sense of rowing and know whether you wish to pursue it or not.  We accept 10 registrations for an eight-person boat given that not all students attend all classes, we need critical mass to be able to lift the boats, and we can easily switch rowers in and out of the coach's coaching/safety launch halfway through practice, allowing visual learners the opportunity to watch rowing for a little bit.

What is the cancellation policy?

All Beginner classes are held rain or shine. If the river/weather conditions are unsafe, adults will work on technique indoors using the ergometer (erg) rowing machines; high school students will use the ergs and also do body-weight circuits.  A.M. intermediate and experienced classes are also held rain or shine, but P.M. classes may be rescheduled if there are not enough ergometers available.  In addition to fitness, erg work helps improve technique and is a valuable use of a rower’s time.

What is the refund policy?

Space in any given class is limited and your registration reserves your spot. Refunds are available, less credit card transaction costs, up to 14 days prior to the start of the class. After that date, a credit will be given for a different class except when a medical emergency arises, in which case a refund will be provided (less transaction costs).

Should I continue to register if only wait-list registration is available?

If a class is full please register for the wait list.  A wait-list registration will not charge your credit card. Only after you are moved from the wait list and into a class will your credit card be billed.  Wait-list registrations also let us better gauge demand; if there is enough demand for any given class, we might be able to add an additional class.

Can I make up my absence by attending another program?

Within 8 A.M. sculling classes we have some flexibility, depending upon equipment availability, that allows students to make up missed classes during other 8 A.M. sculling classes. Within A.M. and P.M. sweep classes, students are welcome to try to make up an A.M. absence during the P.M. class (or vice versa) but there has to be a vacant seat available in that other program. Coaches do not know ahead of time if there are vacancies in any given sweep class.

How do I become an independent sculler?

Independence starts with competence, and it doesn’t mean rowing alone.  Once a student rows well enough, can steer and follow river traffic patterns, and can carry a single, they are on the way to rowing outside of a structured class. For beginners, three summer sessions is the minimum to begin considering rowing outside of a class; it is most often 4 sessions, and sometimes more. Once  a student is ready to row outside of a class, they must read, understand and follow Safety Guidelines and Best Practices, including, but not limited to: completing a swim test, rowing with a partner, carrying a cell phone in the boat and following State life-jacket regulations.

Do you offer private lessons?

Yes. For one or two scullers the price is $75 per session and sessions run from one hour to one and a half hours. Corporate or other group sweep lessons are also offered. For pricing and availability, please contact Brian Wendry via email or phone at 860.713.3131 ext. 314.