Learn to Row

Learn to Row with Capital Rowing Club!


Capital Rowing Club, with experienced coaches and volunteers, offers an introduction to the sport of rowing for individuals in the greater Washington, DC, area.

Rowing offers a total body, low impact workout unequaled by any other sport. Unlike most activities, rowing incorporates the use of your legs, core and upper body. Rowers face backward in the boat and combine the power of leverage and precise timing to propel the boat through the water.

No previous experience is neededEach class is limited to 28 students, which allows for personal interaction with coaches, volunteers and other novices. Once novices graduate, they are invited to become club members and get more involved with Capital and their new sport!

Outdoor Learn to Row (Spring, Summer, Fall)

There are 2 options for Learn to Row this summer – sweep and sculling. For sweep, each session, which includes 10 classes on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (unless otherwise noted) at the Anacostia Community Boathouse, introduces the basics of rowing, such as language and handling equipment, performing rowing drills, and rowing all eight. For sculling, upon “graduating”, rowers can join an intermediate sculling coached program in the fall season.  After at least one season of a coached program, rowers can request independent rowing certification.

Register for both Learn to Sweep and Learn to Scull at Mindbody

Learn to Sweep

  • Fee: $350
  • Time: 9:00AM – 12:00 PM
  • 2021 Sessions:
    • Session I – July 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, August 1, 7, 8, 14,15
    • Session II – August 22, 29, September 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
    • Session III – October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31
  • LocationAnacostia Community Boathouse
  • Age:  15 and up. For ages 15–17, please contact membership@capitalrowing.org before signing up.

Novices will learn:

  • Basics of the rowing stroke
  • Fundamental rowing topics such as ration, and timing
  • Practice rowing together as a “crew”
  • Gain familiarity with challenging rowing-based workouts and physiology
  • Introduction to training and racing
  • Boat safety in addition to learning the parts of rowing boats and oars and how to handle them.
  • Introduction to equipment terminology and care

A typical practice might consist of the following activities:

  • Stretching
  • Land coaching via demonstration on the ergs.
  • Light erg sessions to practice technique and body mechanics.
  • Rowing on the water as a “crew”. 

If you have any questions, please check out our FAQs.

Learn to Scull

  • Fee: $450
  • Time: 7:00 – 9:00 AM
  • 2021 Sessions:
    • Option 1 – June 14 – August 22 – Monday and Wednesday
    • Option 2 – June 14 – August 22 – Tuesday and Thursday
  • LocationAnacostia Community Boathouse

Indoor Learn to Erg (Winter)

Each session, which includes eight 90-minute classes on Saturdays and Sundays at the Anacostia Community Boathouse, introduces the basics of erging and the rowing technique.

Private Sculling Instruction

For those interested in private one-on-one instruction for training in one-person boats, arrangements are made on a case-by-case basis. You can read more about the private sculling program on our website. Please email Membership to learn more and sign up.