Novice Program 2018

Novice program is open to anyone with the desire and physical ability to experience rowing beyond our introductory Learn to Row class, and for rowers with previous experience who are returning to the sport at a basic level. The primary focus of Novice is to continue rowers’ introduction to the sport in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, build fitness without injury, and acquire a set of basic skills enabling them to advance.

The program emphasizes sweep rowing, but will introduce rowers to both sweep and sculling. We recommend joining us for a Learn to Row ahead of signing up for the Novice Program.


what to expect

Novice program concentrates on skill development through drills. This will include rowing technique, etiquette and vocabulary, equipment handling including carrying the boat safely, boat parts/terminology and correct foot stretcher/oar height placements. As soon as reasonable, training will end with 10 to 20 minutes of continuous rowing each day. As part of learning the sport and being part of the team, Novices will also be expected to participate in coxswain training and cox occasionally.

Novices may race in Novice categories for one year after their first race. Generally, Novices stay in the Novice Program for one calendar year before advancing to other programs. In some circumstances, coaching staff may advance a Novice early if the individual demonstrates an accelerated mastery of technique.

practice Schedule

April 30 - October 26

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays:  5:00- 6:45 am

Note: all times are 'at the gate' times.


We have several options for novices, including introductory deals for new novices. Please note that you may not combine these offers.

For New Novices:

Path 1:

  1. Attend a Learn to Row class (optional, but recommended)

  2. Join the club as a Basic Member

  3. First month of coached Novice Program is free ($140 value); Equipment fee is waved

  4. Boulder Reservoir entry fees are included in your Basic Membership

Path 2:

  1. Attend a Learn to Row class (optional, but recommended)

  2. First six classes (2 weeks) of Novice Rowing are free, with no commitment - but you will need to pay the entry fee to Boulder Reservoir on your own ($7/adult)

  3. If you decide to continue, you will then need to join the club as a Basic Member; Equipment fee is waived

For Returning Novices:

It’s great to have you back!  To row this season, you’ll need to sign up for the Full Membership, Equipment Use Fee, and then whichever program option you’d like.  We have a Full Season Novice Program plan that saves you money or you can pay on a monthly basis.  All options are at BCR’s RegattaCentral page.