Masters Club Sweep
The goal of the Masters Program is to improve the rowing ability and fitness level of rowers with a wide range of technical ability and fitness levels. Each practice session is focused on building each rower’s technique, endurance, and strength on and off the water.
Every rower should (when leaving a practice) be able to say to themselves either, “I learned something new today that will help improve my technique” or “I got a good workout in today that will help my speed and endurance,” and preferably both.
Masters Program practices may include both sculling (in doubles or quads) and sweep rowing (in pairs, fours, and eights), based on demand, safety concerns, and coaching availability.
Coaches will be ready to provide additional off-the-water training suggestions, if asked by program participants.
Racing at regattas is an excellent way of measuring improvement over the course of the season, as well as meeting the Club’s Mission of visibility and outreach; therefore participation at regattas is encouraged, but not required. Details on racing can be found below.
The 2022 Masters sweep schedule is being developed. Check back soon for dates! The season starts in early April and continues through the first week of November.
For 2021, the practice schedule was:
Mornings: Tuesdays and Thursdays (twice a week) 5:15 AM - 7:00 AM
Evenings: Monday - Thursday (four times a week) 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM
Weekend Morning: Sundays 9:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Members of the Masters Program can attend any practice their schedule allows; participants can row both in the morning and evening, even on the same day. This allows rowers increased flexibility to try new coaches by attending different practice times that they choose.
The practice schedule is subject to change dependent on demand and shell and coaching availability.
For DC Strokes members not currently enrolled in any program, the program fee for 2021 is $675. Payment in 3 monthly installments is available.
Students enrolled full time receive a 50 % discount on all Program Fees. Dedicated coxswains do not pay program fees.
As always, additional payment plans and discounts are available for those with financial hardships. Please contact the treasurer at email@example.com for more information.
Preparing for racing is strongly encouraged in the Masters Program. Whereas in the past establishing and preparing racing lineups fell primarily on the Program Coaches, this Masters Program structure moves the onus more onto the rowers wishing to race.
Coaches or rowers can propose a race lineup, with the lineup having a goal regatta to prepare for. Over the course of Masters Program practices, a set of rowers may be self-identified or identified by the coaches that feel ready to put the extra effort into preparing to race.
Learn to Row with Strokes
Learn to Row
If you are looking for:
A total body workout…
A friendly LGBTQ+ environment...
A great outdoor activity suited for people of all sizes, ages and abilities…
…then you should learn to row with DC Strokes.
Register for one of our Spring Learn to Row classes, and be prepared to fall in love with a sport and a team that will create lifelong memories.
Our training is for people with zero experience or knowledge of rowing. (If you have previous rowing experience, consider our Novice program, or one of our two Masters Programs (evening and morning).
Each of our three spring sessions includes eight additional evenings of water practice. Most Learn to Row participants typically opt to continue rowing in our Novice program for the remainder of the summer and fall, further improving their technique and fitness.
What You Will Learn
Boat and rowing terminology
The basics of the sweep rowing stroke
How to row properly on an ergometer (erg)
Stretching and fitness tips
How to row together as a “crew”
How to stay safe on land and on the water
Note: Seats are limited. Register early to secure your spot.
Summer Session B (August)
Friday 8/12 6pm - 8pm
Saturday 8/13 8am -11am
Sunday 8/14 8am - 11am
Friday 8/19 6pm - 8pm
Saturday 8/20 8am - 11am
Sunday 8/21 8am - 11am
Attendance at all sessions is required. This is a bootcamp style class and you will not be able to make up missed sessions.
$260 ($250 and credit card payment processing fee of 3.49%).
By participating, rowers are expected to meet the following minimum swimming proficiencies.
Ability to tread water for 10 minutes
Swim 50 meters (any stroke)
How to Register
For 2022, DC Strokes will use iCrew (created by rowers, for rowers) for registration, attendance, communication and equipment logging. To set up your iCrew account:
Visit this registration link to create your iCrew account
Enter the registration code: DCSRCxMem.
Select the program you plan to attend based on the session time and dates.
For regisitration, membership questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Need technical assistance contact Webmaster@dcstrokes.org
Consistent with US Rowing recommendations, participants in DC Strokes programs should provide proof of Covid vaccination. Those who are unvaccinated should wear a mask at all times while participating in DC Strokes activities. These protocols are subject to change, based on guidelines from US Rowing, and local and federal jurisdictions.