National Learn to Row Day – June 6th 2015

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Come learn about rowing at Capital Rowing Club on National Learn to Row Day.

When: 12-3pm on Saturday June 6th, 2015
Where: Anacostia Community Boathouse1900 M Street SE, Washington, DC

For people of all athletic abilities. In 40 minutes from start to finish you will learn the basics of sweep rowing on the Anacostia River. Wear comfortable clothing — not too loose or baggy, athletic shoes, or sandals. Spend the afternoon outdoors on the water!

Rain or Shine!


Registration – Novice Sweep

Classes for the 2013 Season

Classes cost $300.00 for 10 classes for a total of 30 hours of instruction.


Class time is typically 9am to 12pm on Saturdays and Sundays consecutively through the time period listed below. There are occasions which require the class time to be altered, or date to be moved, but those times are known in advance. Please ask novice coordinator if you have any questions by emailing


 On Water Novice Sweep Class (Weekends )

 2013 Dates

Session I: 9am – 12pm

 April 6, 7, 13, 14, 21, 27, 28; May 4, 5, 12 (classes in bold take place from 8am-11am)
Session II: 9am – 12pm  May 18, 19; June 1, 8, 9, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
Session III: 9am – 12pm  July 6, 7, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28; August 3, 4, 10
Session IV: 9am – 12pm  August 17, 18, 24, 25; September 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22                       
Session V: 9am – 12pm  September 29; October 5, 6, 12, 13, 20, 26, 27; November 2, 3

Please follow the steps below to register for a class.

 Step 1 Create a login at Ronin Racing.
(Please note your login and password as we can not provide them to you later.)
 Step 2 Click a sign-up link for the class you want to take.
 Step 3 Pay online with a credit or debit card.

Learn To Row



Learn to Row With Capital Rowing Club



Novice Classes on Land this Winter

We’ve learned over the years that there’s a lot you can learn about rowing before you get out on the water, and we’re now offering this entirely land-based program for novices during those months when it is too cold to get out on the water. Participants will learn a lot about rowing techniques and theory and will work on perfecting their stroke on rowing machines while getting in better shape. Like all our novice classes, there is no prior experience or physical conditioning required. We take (and get) all ages and backgrounds. Classes are limited to about 12 participants. Email if you have any questions. The dates, times, and the link to register are below.



Learn to Row Indoors Session III: Saturday and Sunday, 4:30-6:00pm, March 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, and 24.


Learn to be a Coxswain!

In conjunction with our learn to row novice class, Capital Rowing offers the opportunity to learn to be a Coxswain! Sit at the head of the boat, and gain confidence to take charge on the water. Cox-Boxes, riggers, racing starts, power 10’s, and the words “way-enough” will no longer be part of an alien language. It will all be there for you to learn and use each day. So, get ready to jump right in and become the “quarterback” of rowing – the Coxswain. Class is taught with the novice learn to row class. Two spaces are available per class. Come join us for ten 3-hour sessions at the boathouse to learn the basics of coxing on the water. Classes take place between 9am – 12pm (unless otherwise noted) on Saturdays and Sundays.


Session I: April 6, 7, 13 (8-11am), 14, 21, 27, 28, May 4 (8-11am), 5, 12


Session II: May 18, 19, June 1, 8, 9, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30


Session III: July 6, 7, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, Aug 3, 4, 10


Session IV: Aug 17, 18, 24, 25, Sept 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22


Session V: Sept 29, Oct 5, 6, 12, 13, 20, 26, 27, Nov 2, 3


Still not sure if Capital is for you? Or, do you simply want to meet the coaches and fellow crew before you hit the water? As the Novice Program Coordinator, I’d like to invite you to the 2013 Inaugural Novice Happy Hour. Capital takes pride in “bringing rowing opportunities and excellence in rowing to the diverse community of the Anacostia River and larger Washington DC area. Capital is a volunteer-directed, non-profit, educational organization offering rowing instruction for people of all ages, income, and levels of physical ability. Capital Rowing Club offers the benefits of recreational and competitive rowing – discipline, camaraderie, fitness, knowledge of water safety, and the appreciation for the Anacostia River as a valuable natural and recreational resource – to everyone.” Your coaches are various club representatives would like to take this opportunity to get to know you and help you decide which program within the club is right for you! (after graduation from Learn to Row, of course!) And, we’d like you to take this opportunity to get to know your classmates and meet future teammates!

Join us, Tuesday, March 5th 2013 from 6pm until 9pm at a friendly neighborhood restaurant and bar – Molly Malones. Located on Barracks Row (just a few blocks from the boathouse) at 713 8th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003



Traditional “On the Water” Novice Classes – Begin April 6th.

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), 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 session, the first starting on April 6th and the last beginning September 29th, there are plenty of opportunities to choose from. Each class is limited to 30 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 fast, so please click on 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 email:


Session I: April 6, 7, 13 (8-11am), 14, 21, 27, 28, May 4 (8-11am), 5, 12

Session II: May 18, 19, June 1, 8, 9, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

Session III: July 6, 7, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, Aug 3, 4, 10

Session IV: Aug 17, 18, 24, 25, Sept 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22

Session V: Sept 29, Oct 5, 6, 12, 13, 20, 26, 27, Nov 2, 3


Novices will learn:

  • Body mechanics of the stroke101009-13570
  • Fundamental boat topics such as set, run, ratio, 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 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

090711-2419 For those interested in private on-on-on 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 CRC’s Membership chair to learn more and sign up.