Novice Program

Start Date: September 8th 2020

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 4:30pm to 6:30pm

​​​​​​​​Our novice squad is made up of 9th through 12th grade boys and girls who are new to rowing or have not competed in a regatta in the previous year. We welcome all youth interested in trying a new sport. Rowers focus on physical conditioning, rowing technique, and teamwork, then gradually move into competition against other teams. Novice rowers get experience rowing with both sculling (two oars) and sweeping (one oar) and in a variety of boats.

COVID-19 Update: Because of the ongoing pandemic, our Fall 2020 programs will be limited to small groups to allow for social distancing. Our program schedule is being reworked to accommodate this need for small groups.

Registration is now open for Fall 2020!  Click here to register

Questions? Please call (510) 542-9673 or contact the registrar at

I row because the friendships that come with the sport will last for life…

— Novice Rower

PLEASE NOTE: ALL rowers must provide a swim ability certificate signed by a lifeguard on the first day of practice; rowers without a swim ability certificate will not be allowed on the water. Swim ability certificates available during the registration process or on the registration page.