Classes & Events
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The Learn to Scull class is the most efficient way to get started. That certification gives you access to many other programs.
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.
> Indoor Rowing Classes (rowing machines)
Learn to Row Indoors class: **Special online signup offer on Small Biz Saturday, Nov. 25**
In this class rowers will get an introduction to rowing terminology, the rowing stroke, the challenge of synchronizing, and the rewards of rowing fitness.
Dates: November 27 – December 22; Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Times: 6:00 – 7:30 a.m.
Club Indoor Rowing Program:
Rowing machines and other indoor exercise equipment are used for vigorous workouts and rowing technique development. All levels of experience are welcome.
Dates: January 1 – March 31; Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Times: 6:00 – 7:30 a.m.
> Sculling Classes (single shells)
|Class||Day (s)||Time (s)||Cost|
one class to try this fun sport, as arranged
$200 per series
(20% discount for groups of at least 3)
Two Weeks on Weekdays
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
A: 5:45 – 7:30 a.m.
B: 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Prepaid Annual: $1000
Monthly: $125 Includes classes and Logbook Rowing
Open Row: $15 per outing
7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
> Sweep Rowing (four and eight-oared shells)
Community Challenge Learn to Row: Join in with your neighborhood, social, or wider fellow community members to learn to row an eight and compete in our Bladensburg Races, August 26.
- No experience is required and experienced rowers are welcome to join in also.
- Bring your friends or just bring yourself.
- Practices for everyone will be in August on both weekdays and weekends. Additional practices will be arranged by crews.
- Practice schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays – 5:45 – 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 – 8:15 p.m.; Saturdays 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.; Sundays 6:30 – 9:00 a.m.
- Come join in! We are happy to start new rowers every practice.
Fall Sweep Rowing Program: Enjoy fall rowing from a crew boat! August 28 to September 23. Sundays 6:30 – 9:00 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 – 7:30 a.m. Let’s 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.
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 2017 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 Summer Camps 2017
Dates: June 19 – July 28, Monday – Friday
Morning and Full-day options
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 register for the program by week.
Registration and more information
Junior Summer Sculling Competitive Program 2017
Dates: June 19 – July 24, Monday – Friday
Rowers can choose between two meeting times.
1) Morning Program: 8:00 – 10:30 a.m.
2) Afternoon Program: 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Capital Sprints or Occoquan Memorial Regattas, July 8/9 (TBD)
Philadelphia Youth Regatta, July 22
High schoolers, middle schoolers, boys and girls, with at least one season of rowing experience 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 will compete in two regattas.
Rowers may commit to the program by week or for the season.
Registration and more information
Junior Fall 2017 Program
Fall Introduction to Rowing Clinic
Monday – Friday, August 21 – 25, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.,
Come get an introduction to rowing! Learn the basics on equipment, working together, the rowing stroke, and boating skills. Students aged 13-18 are welcome. All athletes must have a signed waiver from a parent or guardian.
Clinic Cost: $100 applicable toward Fall Junior Program
Dates: September 12 – November 6
Monday – Friday 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Ages 13-18 only.
The first week is try-outs. Fees are due only for athletes continuing beyond try-out week.
Participants will learn both sculling and sweep rowing. Rowers will be grouped by skill level.
Team will compete in local and regional regattas as numbers allow.
Dates: September 9 – November 12
Saturdays and Sundays 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Middle school and high school squads;
Ages 10 – 18.
The first weekend is try-outs. Fees are due only for athletes continuing beyond try-out weekend.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.