Annapolis Rowing Club offers a variety of rowing programs to meet the needs of the members of our community. We have programs for Sweep Rowing, Sculling for recreational and competitive athletes. ARC offers our Learn-to-Row Program and Intermediate classes for those who aspire to try something new, who look for a different type of health and fitness program, to row for recreation or those who wish to compete at a higher level.
Our members range from youth to veterans. Read more about our membership offerings and our rowing programs to find what program may best fit you. Contact our Membership Coordinator for more information, program specifics and questions.
Men's Competitive Program
The objective of this program is to provide training for the preparation of racing and to challenge oneself to a higher level of proficiency. This group meets 3 - 4 mornings a week. In addition to fitness, this program prepares for competition in the summer and fall. Most competitive events are in the local area, such as Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, as well as some Regional and National Events.
Welcomed are those who have achieved an intermediate level of rowing, as well as college rowers who wish to stay on the water during the summer break. The group accepts any member who would like to experience spirited and enthusiastic workouts to improve their rowing ability and to achieve race-level fitness. Although competitive, the group accepts rowers with at least one-year's rowing experience that want to reach top physical fitness, but that may not want to commit to attending regattas. Our goal is to reach our full rowing potential, work hard, and row fast.
Masters Women's Competitive Rowing Program
The objective of this program is to train rowers who plan to compete in regional spring and fall regattas. The group often competes at Masters Nationals and the Head of the Charles in Boston as well. The goal is to train at a high level of intensity, requiring race level fitness. Members commit to race preparation and conditioning, as well as regular submission of fitness tests. The coach will prepare all workouts and line ups, including those for competitions.
Welcomed are athletes looking for a balance of intense workouts, coaching, support, friendship and camaraderie with the amazing South River sunrises and sunsets as a backdrop. The team practices together 3 mornings and one evening per week on the water as well as one day a week on land. Members are encouraged to attend all practices to build the strength and endurance needed for competition, continually improve rowing technique and enable the coach adequate time with each rower.
Evening Competitive Program
The objective of this program is for rowers committed to health and fitness as well as those desiring to train for competition at a higher level. This group practices 3 day per week; 2 evenings and 1 weekend morning. In addition to fitness, this program prepares for competition in the summer and fall. Most competitive events are in the local area, such as Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
Welcomed are rowers who achieved an intermediate level of rowing (i.e., completed a learn-to-row and novice program or equivalent), as well as college rowers who wish to stay on the water during the summer break. The group accepts any rower who would like to experience spirited and enthusiastic workouts to improve rowing ability and achieve race-level fitness. Although competitive, the group accepts rowers that want to reach top physical fitness, but that may not want to commit to attending regattas. Our goal is to reach our full rowing potential, work hard, and row fast. For those rowers who have completed a novice program and are beginning their second year of rowing, the group strongly encourages them to practice a minimum of 2 days/week in order to ensure they develop and maintain the requisite ability and endurance to participate with more experienced rowers.
Different Strokes Rowing Program
The primary objectives of this intermediate program are to offer an opportunity for continuing development of sweep rowing skills; improving physical fitness; enjoying outdoor recreation; and facilitating camaraderie. As a secondary objective, members have a moderate interest in competing. We provide a relaxed and fun environment. Members have the opportunity to progress at their own pace with the support of ARC coaches for a majority of our practices – using the pool of coaches within ARC - and with the support of their fellow team mates.
A modest bi-monthly fee covers the coaching support.The group was established in 2014 initially with primary membership from the 2013 Novice class. The group put together two boats for Wye Island….and even came home with a medal! Additionally, the group participated in Head of the Occoquan (HOTO) that fall. Several of the members are Level 1 certified scullers and interested in sculling with other novice and Level 1 scullers to develop to Level 2. We welcome all rowers who have completed requirements to join ARC, regardless of skill level. This group will row consistently on Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Sweep and Scull Program
This program integrates both sweep rowing and sculling but members are welcomed to participate in either sweep rowing, sculling, or both. The group practices through the week in the early morning hours; alternating days between sweep rowing and sculling is for both the recreational and competitive rower and sculler. The program prepares for competition in the summer and fall, and competes in the local area such as Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
We welcome those who have achieved an intermediate level of rowing, as well as college rowers who wish to stay on the water during the summer break. Those wishing to scull with this program must have completed a Learn to Scull program or equivalent, and be certified by ARC to use Sculling equipment. The groups accepts any member who would like to experience spirited and enthusiastic workouts to improve their rowing ability and achieve a higher level of fitness. The goal is to reach our full rowing and sculling potential.
The club's fleet of singles, doubles, and quad boats support the Annapolis area sculling community. The club encourages and facilitates the development of sculling skills for both recreation and competition. Boats are available for use by Club Members, and various sculling groups and programs meet weekly for coached and non-coached sessions. Members and Guests must be certified prior to using club sculling equipment. Information can be found here about sculling certification.
For further information concerning access to boat sign out (reservation) procedures, the sculling certification process, rack rentals and leasing agreement for private shells, release forms, safety procedures and additional information, to include participation in the A.M. Sculling Program, please contact the Membership Coordinator.
Recreational Rowing Program
This is a fun fitness row where we explore the South River and adjoining creeks, enjoy each other's company and take time to make friends. The group meets on most Sunday mornings during the rowing season, from 0700 to 0900. In addition to having fun, we focus on rowing well, having a set boat and feeling the exhilaration of the boat accelerating and running out beneath us.
We adapt the program based on number of participants signed up for each week, and their level of experience. As needed, we may do some drill work to help with technique, and possibly some longer steady state pressure pieces which are excellent for learning to feel the run of the boat and catching the rhythm. We focus on balance, timing, control and rhythm... all keys to good rowing.
We regularly sweep row but, depending on attendance and the skill sets of those who sign up in advance, we may adjust to include sculling. Ultimately our goal is to be safe, flexible, have fun and get a good workout. The Recreational Program is open to all ARC members who are willing to cox on rotation and, if you have not yet coxed, we will help you to learn in a safe setting. The rows are recreationally structured but all ARC members are welcome.
IMPORTANT: You must have completed a Learn-To-Row and/or the Novice Program; and become a member of ARC in order to participate in the Recreational Rowing Program.