The Open Water Rowing Center is not a crew team with a set schedule of practices; instead we are a club of individual rowers sharing facilities, equipment and coaching services. In addition to the Learn-To-Row course for novices and private coaching, OWRC offers regular clinics for rowers of varying experience – novice to advanced.


Experienced Rower?

We have a unique rower’s “playground” just beyond our dock, but before you can enjoy it you need to get checked out by our coaches and certified to use our equipment and facilities. A 1 hour check-out may be all that’s needed to orient you to our waters and ensure that you can safely handle our often changing water conditions.

  • Check Out: $75 per hour
    pro-rated depending on your experience)


Tuesday Rowing fundamentals

Ellen Braithwaite leads this clinic for novice to intermediate scullers; the emphasis is on refining technique as well as exploring Richardson Bay. Limited to 4 participants.

Tuesdays – 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

  • Non-Members: $25/session + shell use

  • Members: $25/session or $200/10 sessions

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Wednesday & Thursday coached workouts

Chris Dadd leads this clinic emphasizing technique, strength and speed training for intermediate to advanced scullers.  Technique drills and training “pieces”  build speed and endurance.

Wednesdays & Thursdays — 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

  • Non-Members: $25/session + shell use

  • Members: $25/session or $200/10 sessions


Rough Water clinic

A three-hour clinic is held at least twice a year on a weekend morning. This clinic is required of rowers who wish to venture beyond Richardson Bay, but is recommended for any rower ready for the next step up in skill level. Competence and confidence in rough conditions will benefit anyone rowing on the  bay, and many find it an important and enjoyable part of the sport.

  • Day and time vary

  • Cost: $95 per session (plus shell use for non-members)

Dates vary - contact us for availability


Sculling is sufficiently different that you will need to take a private coaching session, or if it’s been a long time since you rowed, our novice sculling class may be best to get you back on the water. Speak to OWRC staff about whether a full novice sculling program or a private coaching session is best. You’ll be certified as “novice” but as an experienced rower will likely progress quickly.



Our coaches will want to give you an orientation to our boats – be it an open water single or our traditional dory – and our bay water. Let them know your type and level of experience.  When they are confident that you are safe in our boats, and comfortable on our water, you will be certified to row in Richardson Bay. Rowers with lots of sculling experience may move quickly to take the Rough-Water Clinic and other advanced courses.



You must be eager to get back out there! We understand. Before you can rent a boat, you will need to be checked out and oriented to our boats, boathouse and waters.  How much orientation you’ll need and what level boat you will be certified for, depends on your specific experience and your boat handling skills on our water. Call or drop by OWRC and talk to our staff.   They’ll set you up with the best way to get back on the water.

Contact us to schedule your appointment!