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Masters Sweep Rowing Program

Masters Program Overview



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.  

Program Structure

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.

Masters Program Coaches are responsible for setting line-ups, administering workouts at each practice, and to maximize the goals of the program.  

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.


Masters Rowing is open to all rowers with at least one year of experience.  The primary focus of our Masters Rowing program is sweep rowing, but sculling in doubles and quads will begin to be integrated into Masters Rowing this year.  

Experienced rowers who wish to ONLY engage in sculling should enroll in Intermediate Sculling rather than the Masters Program.

What is expected of rowers?

Safety is the highest priority. All boats, regardless of size and type, are expected to keep within eyesight and earshot of the Coaches. Failing to do so may result in membership suspension, as determined by the coach and Board.   All Masters Program participants are expected to be familiar with the DC Strokes Safety Manual, as described in the Membership Handbook.

All DCSRC members are expected to exhibit exemplary behavior at all times at the boathouse--on and off the water-- and at regattas when representing DC Strokes. DCSRC members are expected to display respect for all rowing community members regardless of race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, creed, age, disability, sexual orientation, or payment plan.

Practice Schedule and Attendance Guidelines

For 2021, the initial proposed practice schedule is:

  • 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.

Program fees

For DC Strokes members not currently enrolled in any program, the program fee for 2021 is $675 payable in three payments of $225 due by the following dates:

  • Friday 9 July 2021

  • Friday 6 August 2021

  • Friday 3 September 2021

Willing to pay in full by 9 July 2021? Pay only $600!

Is there a discount if I'm currently in Intermediate Sculling?

If you wish to cease participation in Intermediate Sculling and move solely to Masters Rowing, there is no additional program fee.

If you wish to also enroll in Masters Rowing in addition to Intermediate Sculling, the program fee is a one-time $300.

Other Discounts?

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 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.

Ready to sign up for the Masters Program?

Step 1: Sign up for your annual DC Strokes Membership

Membership is $40 annually. If you have already paid your annual dues in 2021, you do not need to do this again.

Step 2: Submit Annual USRowing Waiver

All members are required to submit an annual USRowing waiver before participating in any DC Strokes programs. Click here for instructions.

Step 3: Sign Up for 2021 Masters Rowing Program


Contact the Programs Director or the Membership Director

Ben LeBrun

Programs Director

Ben DuGoff

Membership Director

Edwin Wong

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