Learn to Row

Learn to Row with Capital Rowing Club!

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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!

Click this link to register for any of the classes below! Once you sign up for the class Capital does not offer refunds unless the spot can be filled from the waitlist.

Summer Outdoor Learn to Row

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. 

  • Fee: $350 for ten 3-hour classes
  • Time: 9:00 am–12:00 pm
  • Sessions:
    • Session 1: Apr 21, 22, 28, 29, May 5, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26
    • Session 2: May 27 June 2, 9, 10, 17, 23, 24, 30, July 1, 8
    • Session 3: July 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, August 4, 5, 11, 12
    • Session 4: August 18, 19, 25, 26, September 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16
    • Session 5: September 29, 30, October 6, 7, 14, 20, 21, 27, November 3, 4
  • LocationAnacostia Community Boathouse
  • Age:  15 and up. For ages 15–17, please contact membership@capitalrowing.org before signing up.

Military Outdoor Learn to Row

Each session, which includes 11 classes on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the Anacostia Community Boathouse, introduces the basics of rowing, such as language and handling equipment, performing rowing drills, and rowing all eight. This Learn to Row class is for Active Duty US Military ONLY. 

Winter Indoor Learn to Row

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.

  • Fee: $150 for eight 90-minute classes
  • Time: Saturday, 2:30–4:00 pm and Sunday, 12:30–2:00 pm
  • Sessions:
    • Session 1: January 6, 7, 20, 21, 27, 28, February 3 and 4. (Note there is no class MLK weekend)
    • Session 2: February 10, 11, 24, 25, March 3, 4, 10, and 11. (Note there is no class President’s Day weekend)
  • LocationAnacostia Community Boathouse

Click this link to register! Military Learn to row, register here.

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

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”. 

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.