2024 Novice Rowing Program

About WRC Novice Rowing:

The Novice Rowing program is available for members of WRC who are ready to commit to a more intensive (and fun!) training plan to become proficient on the water. This is a natural progression for new members who have just completed the Learn To Row program. Also, members who want to refresh their skills are welcome to join the program.

The WRC Novice Rowing Program is a 4-week session consisting of three practices per week. Participants who commit to the program and complete it become well versed in all facets of sweep rowing including safety, technique, training and competition. The Novice Program is a fantastic way to get into this great sport.


First, you must become a WRC member. LTR graduates can join WRC for half of the regular membership fee plus a $100 initiation fee. Cost of the Novice Rowing program is an additional $100.  The number of participants will be limited to 32. No refunds will be given once the program has begun.


Successful completion of Learn To Row at WRC (or similar experience).

Please note that rowing is a physically demanding sport that uses your entire body. Rowers are required to carry boats and oars at each practice, which requires enough strength to lift at least 35 pounds overhead. If you are unable to squat, put weight on your knees, or have concerns about your participation in boat carries, please contact us directly.

Program Schedule:

The WRC Novice Rowing Program runs for 4-5 weeks and will start on June 11, 2024 with the last class date on July 20, 2024.  Practices are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (from 5:45-8pm), and Saturday mornings (9:30-11:30am). (This may be adjusted depending on coach schedules. A detailed list of class dates will be provided to Novice participants.)

Upon completion of the Novice Rowing program, rowers can then move onto the Recreational Rowing program at no additional cost (is included in membership fee). See Recreational Rowing page for more information.

What to Expect (and what will be expected of you):

  • Safety. Participants are to follow WRCs established safety procedures and coach’s
  • Hard work. Be mentally and physically prepared to work at each practice.
  • Honoring your commitments. When you sign up to row, be there.
  • Be prepared. That even means rowing in the rain (but not lightning or dangerous conditions).
  • Be on time. Arrive 15 minutes before the start of each practice and be ready to go.
  • Keep an open mind. Be ready to learn!
  • Stay conditioned. Get yourself and keep yourself in good physical shape.
  • You will be actively coached. Expect to improve daily.
  • Keep your progress in perspective. Some practices will go really well, others will not.
  • Fun and fulfillment will happen naturally. You will make plenty of new friends, too!


  • We will attempt to go out on the water for every practice. However, there are weather
    circumstances that are out of our control so there could be cancellations. The schedule may
    possibly be adjusted to compensate, though land-based training may be conducted if conditions
    preclude going out on the water.
  • Coach’s discretion if a practice needs to be cancelled due to weather.

Learn More:

Do you have any specific questions regarding the WRC Novice Rowing Program? If so, please contact
our WRC Rowing Chair, Donna Butler, at WRCRowingChair@gmail.com.