Capital Rowing Club


Learn to Row with Capital Rowing Club!

Novice Learn to Row Classes at the Anacostia Community Boathouse


120729-536948Capital Rowing Club, with experienced coaches and volunteers, offers an introduction to the sport of rowing for individuals in the greater Washington, DC area. Each session, which includes 10 classes on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am - 12pm (unless otherwise noted) at the Anacostia Community Boathouse, introduces the basics of rowing - such as language and handling equipment, to performing rowing drills and rowing all eight. 

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No previous experience is needed. With three different morning sessions there are plenty of opportunities to choose from. Each class is limited to 25 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!

Per session, there is a one-time fee of $300, which covers all ten 3-hour classes. Session fill up quickly, so please click the link below to register. We use Ronin to manage money and registration. We advise you not to delay in registering, as sessions can fill up fast! 


If you have any questions, please check out our FAQs and/or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Not an early riser? You're in luck! Afternoon classes back by popular demand! Session IA and IIA will take place on both Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm - 4pm. Registration fill up quickly, so don't delay!


Novices will learn:


  • Body mechanics of the stroke
  • Fundamental rowing topics such as set, run, ration, and timing
  • Blade (oar) technique
  • Use of rowing machine (ergometer or "erg")
  • Introduction to training and racing
  • Boat safety
  • Equipment terminology and care


A typical practice might consist of the following activities:


  • Stretching
  • Land coaching via demonstration on the ergs
  • Light erg session to practice technique and body mechanics 
  • Rowing on the water using a training barge or in 8-person or 4-person rowing shells







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