Novice Program

Start Date: January 12th 2021

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 Spring 2021 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 Spring 2021! Click here to register

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

I row because it has taught me how to be in tune with my body…

— 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.