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Beginning Rowing Classes

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 two Beginning Rowing Classes each summer for people who would like to learn about rowing and experience this sport.


Beginner I and Beginner II rowing classes 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 classes successful, safe, and fun. It's a group effort to get a class of novices ready to row on the river.


Classes are held at the OSU Crew Facility 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 classes 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 and 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 near 200 pounds (shared by the crew). Participants will learn to effectively handle these tasks, but should be in reasonable physical health to avoid injury.


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


Prior to the beginning of these rowing classes, all participants must successfully pass a Swim/Float Test or provide recognized documentation of swimming ability and endurance. 


Swimming Safety:  a Float Test requirement with instructions for handling this
process will be provided on the registration site.  For a preview, c
lick to download
Float Test Form.


Click to download CRC Waiver: Release of Liability form. Please fill this out, send it in with your registration, or bring this to your first class. 


Beginning Rowing Registration Form:

Registration starts on March 30th.  Please click here to register and pay for this class.  Initially, you need only register for the Beginning I class. The Beginning II class will depend on satisfactory completion of Beginning I or at least one year of sweep rowing experience.  


Click here – Beginning Rowing Class Flyer (feel free to share with friends who may also be interested!)


For more information, contact: Lisa

Beginning Rowing Classes

Beginner I: July 8 – 26, 2019


Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm

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, as well as learning to handle the equipment and getting on the water.

Cost: $125.00


Beginner II:  July 29 – Aug 14, 2019


Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm

Continuing where we left off, participant 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.

Cost: $125.00


Classes are held Monday and Wednesday nights starting promptly at 5:30pm.