Novice Program

Novice program is open to anyone with the desire and physical ability to experience rowing beyond our four week 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 teaches rowers both sweep rowing and sculling.


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 is 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 to 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

Days and Times

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 5:15- 6:45am

Note: all practice start times are the time to be at the Boulder Reservoir entry gate.

2019 Monthly Session Dates
June 3 - June 28
July 1 - Aug 2
Aug 5 - Aug 30
For September, October and November: Novice Program combines into Development Team


Participants are strongly encouraged to take our four week Learn to Row program prior to joining the Novice Program to ensure they have strong basic rowing knowledge. At the coach’s discretion, new participants may be allowed to join this program without taking Learn to Row, based upon some prior rowing experience or taking private lessons prior to this program.

Questions? Please reach out to us at


Chantal Febvre and Ashlyn Schultz



This fee is all inclusive. Novice participants do not pay separate Full Membership or Equipment Fees. Instead, those fees are discounted, prorated and included in the $200/month fee along with the program fee which covers coaching. $200/month is a 32% discount over what non-Novice members would pay.

All fees should be paid through RegattaCentral.


  • This all-inclusive discounted deal is only available to participants in the Novice program. Experienced rowers who are new to BCR but start in other programs (Development, Comp, Sculling), are required to pay the fees as described on the Membership and Program Pricing pages.

  • Just like all Full Members, Novice program participants get a Boulder Reservoir entry pass.

  • Neither Coached Programs Punch Card nor Member Programs Pass may be used for the Novice Program, as it is an all-inclusive fee.