1) Where are the classes located?

All classes take place at the Anacostia Community Boathouse located at 1900 M Street SE, Washington, DC 20003. You can find directions here.

There is typically plenty of parking on site. However, Potomac Avenue Metro is a short walk and there is plenty of storage on site for bicycles, too! 

2) Do I need to know how to row to take the class?

Nope! This class is designed for the person who has never touched an oar. You do not need to do anything to prepare for the class either. Participants should be competent swimmers or be willing to wear a life preserver when we are on the water.  

In addition, folks of all backgrounds are encouraged to join! From the fitness fanatics to the couch potatoes – rowing really does suit everyone. 

3) Do I need to buy equipment?

Other than your fitted athletic clothing and a bottle of water to carry in the boat, you will not have to purchase anything else. Capital Rowing Club provides all the equipment you will need.

4) What if I am out of town one weekend or have to miss a class?

We recommend that you register for a class where you can make all of the sessions. Each day builds quickly on the last. It’s important that you achieve a certain level of rowing skill to be able to “graduate” to our regular coached programs. We do understand that emergencies come up and we allow 2 absences at most. It’s best that these 2 absences are not consecutive days.

5) Are there any make-up classes if I have to miss one? 

We are not able to offer make-up sessions. If you have to miss a session, please talk with your coach to see if they have time before or after class to discuss what was missed. 

6) What happens after the class?

Following Learn to Row, athletes join an Intermediate / Novice Rowing (INR) group to continue to develop skills needed to fully participate in our other programs. Membership fees are waived for the calendar year in which you complete Learn to Row. Membership and program fees vary for our different programs. 

7) Is there a cancellation policy?

Because of the limited space in each of the classes, once the class begins, we cannot offer a refund. However, if you need to cancel before the class begins, please contact CRC Membership at membership@capitalrowing.org.

8) I see that the class I want to take is full – is there a waiting list?

Yep! You should be able to join the waitlist at the same link you use to register. If you do not see a waitlist option, that is also full. Please be aware that the classes are filling up quickly, and so if one of the later classes works with your schedule, consider registering for that class. 

9) What if I have other questions?

Please contact us.