Coached Programs


Rivanna Rowing Club offers Coached Programs that provide quality instruction in the sport of rowing. Our Programs offer an opportunity for new rowers to learn the sport and for experienced rowers to improve their skills.

Coached Programs provide instruction in both:

Sweep Rowing: where each rower uses one oar as part of a crew of an 8+ or 4+ shell (boat). 8+ means 8 rowers plus a coxswain in the boat commanding/steering. 4+ means 4 rowers plus a coxswain.

Sculling: where a rower uses two oars, one in each hand. RRC offers instruction in 1x’s (single boats with one sculler per boat), 2x’s (doubles with two scullers per boat), and 4x’s (a quad with four scullers in the boat). Sculling boats do not carry coxswains, are narrower and even more fragile and sensitive to water conditions than sweep shells.

RRC offers programs for both adults and juniors. You should be a capable swimmer and have a basic level of fitness. Click below to learn more about each of our offerings.

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Adult Learn to Row (Adult) Intermediate RowingMasters FitnessMasters CompetitiveSculling Programs

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Learn to Row (Junior) Junior Experienced Rowing

All programs have minimum and, in some cases, maximum enrollments in order to ensure a good rowing experience for the participants and viability for the club. If enrollment for any session does not reach the minimum number of participants, the session may be adjusted or cancelled. If a rower registered for a program is unable to complete the program, program fees will not be refunded except for documented medical reasons. 

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