Capital Rowing Club



Learn to Row with Capital Rowing Club this spring!

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

Registration Coming Soon!



Capital 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. 

No previous experience is needed. With five different sessions there are plenty of opportunities to choose from. Each class is limited to 32 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. 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:


Session I : April 18, 19, 25, 26, May 2, 3, 10, 16, 17, 23

Session II: May 30, 31, June 6, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, July 4, 5

Session III: Coming Soon

Session IV : Coming Soon

Session V: Coming Soon 



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
  • Light erg sessions to practice technique and body mechanics.
  • Rowing on the water using a training barge or in 8-person or 4-person rowing shells. 


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 Coach Steve Neumann to learn more and sign up.








Learn to Row

Novice Sweep rowing lessons are available all season.


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