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Beginning Rowing Classes

Registration for 2024 is not yet open.

The Corvallis Rowing Club (CRC) owns a fleet of boats and support equipment, contracts with at least one qualified rowing coach, and has a financial arrangement with Oregon State University for limited use of its crew facilities. As part of community service, CRC offers a two-part Beginning Rowing Class each summer for people who would like to learn about rowing and experience this sport.


Beginning Rowing I and Beginning Rowing II rowing class sessions are taught by a qualified Master's coach and are further supported by several CRC members who volunteer their time to assist the coach and help make the class successful, safe, and fun. It's a group effort to get a group of novices ready to row on the river.


Class sessions are held at the OSU Boathouse on the banks of the Willamette River. The boathouse is on the east side of the river (turn left at the 1st light immediately after the Van Buren Street Bridge).


Participants must be at least 21 years of age. Each person must be able to attend 90% of the class sessions as this is a team-oriented sport where skills are taught and practiced in a progressive manner. Class participants will be depending on each other for consistent effort and progress.

This sport requires each crew of 8 rowers to carry their boat from the boathouse to the dock (carrying the boat on your shoulders and then pressing the boat up over head) and then carefully place it in the water before getting into seats that are on rollers. These boats are about 60-feet long, 2-feet wide, and weigh approximately 200 pounds (shared by the crew). Participants will learn to effectively handle these tasks, but participants should be in reasonable physical health to carry their boat and avoid injury.


Completion of the Beginner I class sessions is required to enroll in Beginner II. Then for those interested in more rowing challenges after successfully completing the Beginner II class sessions, there might be an opportunity for selected classmates to participate in limited further training or club practices. For the safety and productivity of all rowers, this selection will be based on individual progress, adequate fitness, and reasonable intermediate rowing aptitude.


To register for the Beginning Rowing I and II class sessions

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Beginning Rowing Classes

Summer 2024 

Beginning Rowing I

Dates: July 2024 dates TBD

2 weeks; 6 classes

Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm (Mon., Wed., & Fri. nights)

Cost: $125


This class covers the basics of rowing and equipment handling. Students are taught to use an erg (rowing machine) effectively, work on their technique in the OSU rowing tank, handle the equipment, get on the water, and row.

Beginning Rowing II

Dates: August 2024 dates TBD 

2 weeks; 6 classes

Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm (Mon., Wed.,  & Fri. nights)

Cost: $125


Continuing where we left off, participants will get lots of rowing practice and coaching on the water as well as in the rowing tank and on the ergs. The coaches' emphasis will be on technique and timing.

Class sessions start promptly at 5:30pm.

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