Classes & Events

***This page is under development so please excuse the oddities.***

New 2017 classes and camps are being scheduled. Come to our National Learn to Row Day on June 3 for a free introduction to our fun sport. Or go right ahead and sign up for a Learn to Scull class. Or get started even sooner by joining us for indoor workouts on a Saturday morning. No experience required! Come join us!

General descriptions are below. Go to our online registration page for the most up to date listing of class times.

Rowing classes are available for all levels, beginner to experienced. Both sweep rowing and sculling instruction are offered. All classes are taught in one, four, or eight-person shells (boats) depending on class type. (Please see Rowing Facts for more information on rowing types.) Special schedules and rates for groups will gladly be arranged. All our classes require 24 hour notice for cancellation with credit. Reservations are required. Our annual membership fee of $50 is required for all WRS programs other than Learn to Scull and Junior programs. Registration is available online and by emailing to pay by check.

> Sculling Classes (single shells)

Classes are small so times and dates are variable. Please go online to register and to find additional classes or email for more information about the schedule.

Class Day (s) Time (s) Cost
Learn To Scull (Beginners, All Ages)

Try It
one class to try this fun sport, as arranged
see days and times
$200 per series
(20% discount for groups of at least 3)

One Weekend Intensive

Memorial Day Weekend
Independence Day Weekend
Labor Day Weekend

Saturday – Monday

Two Weekends
Saturdays & Sundays

Two Weeks on Weekdays
Tuesdays & Thursdays



4 Mornings:

4 Evenings:

Sculling Programs
Provides a vigorous workout and coaching. For experienced rowers and graduates of Learn To Scull. Includes equipment use and Logbook Rowing.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
5:45 – 7:30 a.m.
Prepaid Annual: $1000
Monthly: $125 Includes classes and Logbook Rowing


Open Row: $15 per outing
& Sundays
7:00 – 9:00 a.m.

> Sweep Rowing (four and eight-oared shells)

Community Challenge: Join in with your neighborhood, social, or wider fellow community members to learn to row an eight and compete in our Bladensburg Races, August 27. No experience is required; all experience levels are welcome. Practices will be Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 – 7:30 a.m., Saturdays and Sundays 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Additional practices will be arranged by crews.

Fall Sweep Rowing Program: Enjoy fall rowing from a crew boat! August 28 to September 24. Sundays 7:00 – 9:00 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 – 7:30 a.m. Let’s work toward a race at the Head of the Anacostia.

Sunday Sweeps: 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Come join in an early morning coached outing in a crew boat. Sculling or sweep certification is required. This group includes both intermediate and advanced rowers. $25 drop-in.

Drop-In Sculling

Saturdays: 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Come row with like-minded scullers. $15 drop-in fee for certified scullers. Free to current weekday class members. Please contact us if you would like to be certified for these outings.

> Junior Rowing

Introduce your favorite teenager to a fun new sport. We welcome new rowers to our program each spring and fall. Summer is a great time to develop skills or get an introduction to the sport in small boats. Participants will learn about equipment handling, teamwork, safety, and the basic rowing stroke. Our 2016 Junior Crew fall season starts early September and continues to mid-November.

These programs are for middle and high school students and focus on small boats. All participants will learn to row a single scull. Bigger boats will be rowed as skills develop and numbers allow. This is a great opportunity to enjoy boating with friends from different schools.

Junior Spring 2017 Program

March 11 – May 21, Saturdays and Sundays, 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Rowers, experienced and first-timers, can come try this sport on March 11 and 12 for $50, applicable to the season fee. After that the season payment is required to continue participation. Drop-ins are not allowed.

Beginners will learn equipment handing, terminology, basic rowing stroke, safety, and the importance of teamwork.
Experienced rowers will develop balance, bladework, fitness, and boat-moving skills. Rowers will apply their skills by competing in local regattas.

Spring Break Sculling Program 2017

Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Session 1: April 10-14
Session 2: April 17-21
Learn those fine rowing skills that will make you a real boat-mover! Balance, bladework, and self-management are key to all good rowers. All participants will learn to row a single scull. In addition to on the water practice, video taping, ergometers, and other land equipment will be used to work on fitness, flexibility, and rowing technique.

Junior Summer Camp 2017 Program

Dates: June 19 – July 21, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m., Monday – Friday
High schoolers, middle schoolers, boys and girls, beginners and experienced are welcome. All participants will learn to row a single scull. Rowers will progress to racing singles or larger boats as skills and numbers allow. This is a great opportunity to develop or learn boating skills and enjoy making boats go fast on these warm summer days.
Rowers may commit to the program by week or for the summer.
Registration and more information

Junior Fall 2017 Program

Fall Learn to Row Outings
Monday – Friday, August 21 – Sept. 1, 3:15 – 6:00 p.m.,

Come get an introduction to rowing! Learn the basics on equipment, working together, the rowing stroke, and boating skills. High school and middle school-aged students are welcome. All athletes must have a signed waiver from a parent or guardian. This clinic is required for participation in our Fall Junior Novice Program.
Clinic Cost:

Fall Program
Dates: August 28 – November 5
Competitive: Monday – Friday 3:15 – 6:00 p.m.,
Weekenders: Saturdays and Sundays 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.

High schoolers, middle schoolers, boys and girls, beginners and experienced are welcome. Participants will learn both sculling and sweep rowing. Rowers will be grouped by skill level. The team will participate in local and regional regattas as skills allow.
Fees and registration

> Private Instruction

Private instruction is also available. If you would like a class tailored to your needs, please give us a call.  Individual instruction is $375 for 5 one-hour sessions or $90 per session. Or bring a friend and pay $130 per outing,

For more information on any of these offerings please feel free to contact us at