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Novice Program

Finished the Learn to Row Program and ready for more? The Novice Program is for new rowers to advance their skills, build fitness, and have opportunities to race. Rowers who complete the Novice Program will be prepared to join either the Competitive Program or Club Program the following season.

Practice Schedule

June 11- October 29
Mon - Thurs, 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

  • The Novice Program focuses on building rower technique and fitness throughout the season. Novice team members are asked to attend as many practices as possible; two sessions a week is considered a minimum.
  • Novices are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one sprint race (summer) and one head race (a longer race that typically occurs in the fall).


$460, plus regatta fees and travel expenses. Payable by personal check, credit or debit card

  • May be paid in two installments due June 29 and July 27.
  • Student Discounts are available.


Contact the Membership Director if you have questions about the Novice program, regattas, and travel expenses.


Novice Lead Coach: Russell Topp
Novice Assistant Coach: TBD

What you will learn:

  • Deeper knowledge of rowing basics
  • Equipment care
  • How to row in smaller boats (four-person shells)
  • Coxswain basics
  • Training for races


All Learn to Row sessions are located at the Anacostia Community Boathouse:
1900 M St SE
Washington, DC 20003

Photo by Rich Algara

Ready to Sign Up?

Step 1: Become a member.
In order to participate in a program, you need to become a member. Membership costs $35 annually, but the fee is waived for recent Learn-to-Row graduates!

Step 2: Make sure you're logged in!
You can tell if you're logged in if your name appears towards the upper right side of the page. If it says Member Login, click on it and log in!

Step 3: Click here: Register Now!

Step 4: Sign your USRowing Waiver using instructions here