Adult Sculling Classes

New this year all rowers will need to purchase a membership in order to take classes at SRA. Membership is $180 annually but will be done on a biannual basis (January and July). Membership provides access to our facilities (ergs, weights, bathrooms) during non-class hours. It also allows for priority registration in our programs. To row independently during non-class times a separate Independent Rowing Card (IRC) must be purchased.

Sign Up for Class

1. Choose a class below, then click on the appropriate button to link to the registration page. If you don’t see the button below, registration is not yet available.

2. While registering you will have the option of paying online with your credit card or sending a check to our mailing address.

3. For registration questions, cancellations or changes, submit an email to help.

Pass the Float Test

1. New rowers must pass a Float Test prior to rowing, and returning rowers must re-test every five years (not necessary for Winter Conditioning classes).

2. SRA does not conduct tests, so follow instructions on the Float Test Form to identify a location, complete the test, and obtain lifeguard signature.

3. Bring your signed form to the first day of class, or send to our mailing address.

*All rowers must have completed both Learn to Row 1 & 2 and meet the criteria listed for each class in order to register.

Day Date Time Class SpaceAvailable
Sunday 3/8 – 3/29 7am-9am Video Feedback: Receive more personal attention through video of you and your peers. Review the video as a group, and then spend classes working on drills and other workouts to improve your form. Boat type focus will be up to class discretion (1x, 2x, or 4x). 4
Sunday 4/5 – 4/26 7am-9am “The Stroke Sequence: Gain confidence in your sculling and advance into faster boats. This class focuses on breaking down each part of the stroke – the catch, the drive, the release, and the recovery – so you learn how to maximize your efficiency through the water. Focus will be on singles. 8
Sunday 5/3 – 5/31 7am-9am Maneuvering: Gain confidence in your sculling by learning how to maneuver. This class focuses on reducing the stress of moving your boat where you want to go in high-pressure situations, like backing into a stakeboat, navigating congested areas, or even fine-tuning your steering during head races. Focus will be on singles.
* There will be no class on 5/24 due to the holiday
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Every Saturday from 6:30am-8:30am this group gathers to take out small boats and work on skills while enjoying the company of other independent scullers. Members are able to take out 1x’s and 2x’s and decide the workout and technical focus with the group. There will NOT be direct coaching during the “Buddy Rows”. *A current Independent Rowing Card is required. No need to register!

Information for New Rowers

Float Test: The SRA float test must be completed before the first day of class. To complete, please bring the float test form found at the back of the Adult Registration Packet to any local pool with a lifeguard (i.e. YMCA, municipal pool, health club.)

The lifeguard will have you jump in the pool and tread water for 10 min. Please wear shorts and a tee-shirt that you do not mind getting wet, as the lifeguard will require that you complete the test with clothes on (to simulate a boat accident.)

Sculling v Sweep Rowing: Sculling involves the use of two shorter oars, generally taking place in smaller boats (1 or 2 people.) Sweep rowing involves each rower using one longer oar, and generally takes place in larger boats (4-8 people.) Sculling classes are smaller in number, capping at 6 people. Sweep classes may have anywhere from 8-30 members per class.

What to Wear: Please come to the first day of class wearing tennis shoes, comfortable long pants (unless very warm outside), and several top layers including a tee-shirt, long-sleeved shirt and warm outer layer. Please note that our boathouse does not have heat, so dressing in warm layers will ensure a comfortable experience!  SRA requires all independent scullers to wear high visibility (high vis) clothing when rowing in small boats during daylight hours, as well as when it’s dark out.  It is difficult for other boats to see you and your boat if you are wearing dark clothing.  High Vis clothing is very “in” right now so you can easily find apparel at most athletic stores and online.