Novice Program

​​​​​​​​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. The weekly schedule has the Novice rowers M-Th, 4:15-6:45 pm, with a Friday optional workout at the same time, and plans for Saturday workouts to be determined. 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.

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

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

I row because there is no other feeling in the world like your boat running underneath you, or crossing the finish line with your boatmates..

— 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.