Capital Rowing Club



Learn to Row with Capital Rowing Club this winter!

On Land "Learn to Row" Classes at Anacostia Community Boathouse

Registration Now Open!


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 this winter. Each session, which includes 8 classes on Saturdays and Sundays at the Anacostia Community Boathouse, introduces the basics of rowing on an ergometer. Learn to Row Indoors provides rowing instruction for new rowers. This class primarily uses indoor rowing machines, and does not include 'on the water' rowing. Graduates will be welcomed to join 'on the water' groups spring 2015. 



No previous experience is needed. Each class is limited to 17 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 $120, which covers all eight 90 minute classes.

Session I : January 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25

Session II: January 31, February 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22

Session III: February 28, March 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22


If you have any questions, please check out our FAQs and/or email:


Novices will learn:


  • Basics of the rowing stroke
  • Fundamental rowing topics such as set, run, 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
  • Erg workouts to practice technique and body mechanics 
  • Relays on the ergs


Traditional "On the Water" Novice Classes will begin Spring 2015: 

Capital Rowing Club offers learn to row classes that will teach you the basics of the sport of rowing. Our talented coaches and enthusiastic volunteers will introduce you to the equipment, the language, and the rowing technique. No previous experience is needed! And you don't need to be in tip-top shape. Novice classes start March 2015 and continue through the fall every year. Classes meet on Saturdays and Sundays over 5 weekends. Some classes run 9-12 in the morning, others 1-4 in the afternoon. Each class is limited to about 25 students to allow for personal interaction between our coaches, volunteer assistants, and novices. We encourage our novice graduates to become club members and get more involved in the club; many club leaders learned to row in this novice class! There is a one-time fee of $300 which covers all ten 3-hour sessions. 







Learn to Row

Novice Sweep rowing lessons are available all season.


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