Rowing with the UPCRC
Adult and Youth Learn to Row Program
Every year in June the UPCRC hosts its annual Learn to Row program for those interested in learning how to row. There are classes for adults and youth. If you are interested in participating in this year's program, please see our Calendar of Events page and join us at our no-obligation Informational Meeting (Please print your Membership Packet ahead of time). Membership Packets will also be available at the Informational meeting.
If you have previous rowing experience please contact us, or join us for our Informational Meeting, and our required Orientation day.
New and returning members
We have many opportunities for you to row, whether you are new to rowing, or have previous experience. All our coaches are Level II certified, and equipment is provided for you. All you have to do is provide your own PFD (life jacket). Off-season erg training is also offered in the wintertime. Please contact us if you are interested.
ADULT LEARN TO ROW CLASS (single) $200. Includes first year membership and free T shirt
ADULT LEARN TO ROW CLASS (family of 2) $360. Includes first year membership and 2 free T shirts
ADULT ROWER (Prior rowing experience) $200. Includes free T shirt
ADULT COUPLE (Prior rowing experience) $360. Includes 2 free T shirts
YOUTH (High School-age) $120. Includes free T shirt
COLLEGE STUDENT ROWER $60 (must have prior rowing experience)
ERG ONLY $100 (rowing machine only, no on-water rowing)
SOCIAL (Non rower) $50.
GUEST ROWERS WELCOME (out-of-town guests must have prior rowing experience)
COXSWAIN (We will train) What the heck is a coxswain? Click here to find out. There is special pricing available for those unique individuals who are small in stature, and who like bossing people around.
Learn to Row format: How do I get started? What can I expect?
Youth Learn to Row (14-18):
We are so proud to be able to offer youth rowing in our community. Rowing is as much an individual sport as it is a team sport. It fosters discipline, teamwork, concentration, and commitment. Many of our youth have gone on to the collegiate level, and one of our former youth rowers has even advanced to represent the U.S. in the 2015 Summer World University Games, Gwangju, South Korea.
Athletes, and non-athletes alike are encouraged to try rowing. It is a great cross-training platform for many sports including basketball, volleyball, and swimming. Additionally, many high-schoolers who have never found the right high-school sport for them, have found their sport in rowing.
If you would like to check out the sport for yourself, please join us at our Informational Meeting (with parent or guardian), and then attend the Orientation Day at MSHS where you can fulfill the pre-class requirements:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00-7:30pm, and Saturdays 10:00-11:30am.
Rowing is a sport with a dramatic learning curve, and we want you to get the most out of the class. Because each session builds upon the last, attendance of 80% or higher is strongly recommended.
Adult Learn to Row (18+):
If you have little, or no rowing experience, our Learn to Row program could be for you. As you consider joining us for the Adult Learn to Row class this year, we do highly recommend joining us for our Informational Meeting. Here is where we introduce ourselves, explain what we do, show you a slideshow, and explain our Learn to Row class format. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our program.
If, after attending our Informational Meeting, you think rowing is an activity for you, then please attend our required Orientation Day at MSHS. Here is where you will fulfill all your pre-class requirements:
After your Saturday session, you will continue twice a week with 1.5 hour coached classes (Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00-9:30am; or Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30-7:00pm) until the end of July. After that you are considered a graduate! Then you may sign up for additional sessions via our online polling system. During these sessions, there will always be one or more experienced members in attendance to help assist, and some additional coaching is possible.
Rowing is a sport with a dramatic learning curve, so attendance for the first Saturday class is essential. We want you to get the most out of the class, and because each session builds upon the last, attendance of 80% or higher is strongly recommended.
Competitive Rowing Program:
The CRP exists for the improvement of technique and fitness for masters rowers with two or more years of experience. USRowing certified coaches, along with key volunteers, will provide regular training to prepare athletes to compete locally and nationally. Training includes off-season erg training (January-October), and on-water coaching and evaluation (June-October). Athletes will need to pass an erg test, and an on-water technique evaluation with observance from a coach before being considered for the Competitive program.
Rower's Wardrobe: It Ain't Just Stylin’
Let’s face it: Rowers like to look good but their attire is not just a fashion statement. It’s really about function and safety. To avoid hypothermia we wear synthetic materials (which wick moisture away from the skin during exercise) and wool or polar fleece (which are warm even when wet). Cotton, on the other hand, we leave on the beach. Rowers also wear lycra/spandex shorts or pants which are form fitting (so they don’t snag in the wheels under the seat) and allow unrestricted range of motion. Long shirt-tails, baggie shorts, cut-offs, and jeans are considered only après row apparel. Here’s a rower’s wardrobe checklist:
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