Clinics and Lessons

Let’s Row! 2014

May and June Clinics:   

RowBOC and Putney Rowing Club are combining our efforts and offering 18 sessions of Learn to Row clinics. You choose 6!  At least two session at Putney Rowing Club.

To successfully complete the LEARN TO ROW clinic, a total of 12 hours (6 sessions) must be completed, plus time to watch safety video. Pre- registration for specific dates will be necessary – as clinic space is limited to 6 people per session.

Tentative dates of the LEARN TO ROW clinic sessions:

Saturdays: 8-10 am  
May 10,17,24,31
June 7,14,21,28

Sundays: 9-11 am:        June 8, 15, 22 (time tentative)

Weeknight:  6-8pm
Wednesdays (flexible)
May 14, 20 ,28
June 4, 11, 18, 25

West River  Spring Tree Lane – Tan Quonset Hut and Putney Rowing Club.

On your clinic registration please indicate which dates you are committing to. Write to with any clinic questions. Forms to be posted here in mid April.

These clinics are for those who have never rowed  or sculled and for those who would like a refresher course in rowing.  Single and double sculling will be taught in six 2 hour sessions. You must attend 6 sessions  to complete the training, or make other arrangements with the coach.

Our Coaches: Tim Whitney, Thom Collins, Graeme King and assistant Basha Freudenberg are ready to instruct you in the fine sport of sculling and sweep rowing.   We expect to teach at least 15 people how to scull this year.  The fee is $150. After successfully completing the clinic, you may join RowBOC in the same season at a reduced rate of $100. You must be a capable swimmer to participate in any rowing activity with RowBOC.


Clinic sessions are limited to six people and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis by pre- registration. Coached by Tim Whitney and Thom Collins, with assistance by other club members.   Write to with questions.

Private lessons or other rowing programs in New England are a good option if you cannot make a clinic!

Club Nights – Wednesdays starting July 2013  ~~~ Group rows, bbq’s, clinics, etc.

Brush-Up ORIENTATION:  for all RowBOC members.  DATES TBA

Calling all new and old RowBOC members!  Join us right after the Wed night clinics to brush-up on boathouse protocol, water safety procedures, and boat handling skills. Important information sessions will prepare you for a great season on the water and connect you with other club members and potential rowing buddies.

We will cover:

- Entering and locking up boathouse
- Signing in and out during row
- Guest use policies
- Checking river/weather conditions (safety)
- Traffic patterns and avoiding snags
- Oars: proper handling, which are which, storing and carrying correctly
- Boats: review of fleet, features, skills required for use
- Boat handling: safe carrying and removing from racks
- Getting in and launching and landing refresher
- Guidelines for cleaning club boats
- Have club members identify with help of coaches which boats they are currently okay to use and identify goals for upping level of boat use for 2012 season
- Opportunities for volunteer and club service

Skill Enhancement Sessions

Feeling rusty after a long winter off the water? Looking to take your rowing and sculling up to the next level?  These weekly coaching sessions, led by skilled RowBOC coaches, offer you the chance to hone your technique, boost your fitness, and enhance your speed.  Have fun rowing with other club members as you improve as a rower and an athlete.

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS: Row With Graeme King -Wednesdays, open, no fee.

Captain’s Test: for clearance to row without a coach or senior club member present.

- Proper use of sign-in and boathouse doors
- Remove boat from rack and bring to dock (with partner or alone) safely and put in to water carefully
- Oars in correctly
- Get in boat safely
- Launch from dock
- Row up to 200 yards
- Demonstrate ability to navigate and steer
- Check the boat down quickly without tipping
- Turn boat around
- Back boat down
- Land boat
- Remove oars
- Return boat to assigned rack properly
- Describe traffic pattern
- Describe what to do if boat flips
- Describe how to handle power boat wakes

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Watch the website for more information or e-mail us at to let us know of your interest. We are currently seeking a trained coxswain to work with youth and adults two times a week.

Private lessons and Rowing Camps are alternative ways to learn to row.  Craftsbury Sculling, Black Bear Sculling and Lake Sunapee Rowing Club are just a few of northern New England’s rowing programs.


Tim Whitney has coached sculling for students of all ages and abilities for more than 10 years at the Long Beach Rowing Association,  Craftsbury Sculling Center, Putney School, Putney Rowing Club, and RowBOC. He was the captain of Wesleyan University Crew and went on to become the 2001 National Champion in the men’s single sculls, placing 13th at the FISA World Rowing Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland. His coaching combines a keen eye for technique and a clear communication style with an interest in the meditative and holistic aspects of rowing. He coaches private and group lessons along with Sculling and Yoga workshops with his wife Diana. For more information on coaching sessions with Tim can be found at:

Thom Collins is a resident of Saxtons River during the academic year and Grafton in the summer. He has been coaching since 1992 and has experience in coaching youth, collegiate, and Masters rowers in both sweep and sculling boats. His crews have medaled at The Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, USRA Youth National Championship, USRA Club National Championship, USRA Masters National Championship and Head of Charles Regatta.  He works with all levels of rowers: novice, intermediate and experienced.

Basha Freudenberg: Coach’s assistant for novice clinic.

Margery McCrum: Coach assistant for novice clinics

Graeme King, Wed. evening on the water:  tips and exercises to improve your rowing – June -Sept.

Write to with any questions about our programs.

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