Clinics and Lessons

Let’s Row! 2015  LEARN TO ROW CLINIC May-June

First Clinic is FULL as of 5/13/2105 – please come at 10am on Sat. 16th to sign on as alternate or wait list. If we get enough people we will offer a second 8 session clinic later in summer.

Brattleboro Outing Club Rowing Program (RowBOC) and Putney Rowing Club (PRC) are combining efforts to offer 12 sessions of Learn to Row clinics during May and June, 2015.

Yeah! RowBOC docks are in; Putney’s are scheduled for May 2nd.  Come learn to row, be on the water, and enjoy this invigorating, challenging and wonderful sport!

The clinics are for people who have never rowed or sculled as well as for those who would like a refresher course.  Single and double sculling and 4+ sweep rowing will be taught in six 2 hour sessions.  Basic skills, boat handling,  and safety instruction are taught in a supportive and graduated approach by qualified, seasoned instructors.You must attend a minimum of 8 sessions in order to successfully complete the training, or if you are unable to,  you need to make  arrangements with a coach for private lessons (at additional cost) to make up the required number of sessions. Our Instructors are Tim Whitney,  Graeme King, Kristin Dawley and Thom Collins. Assistants from both clubs will be on hand to help with the clinics. Currently there is only one clinic scheduled, but if enough interest, then a second will be scheduled in late June into July.

The fee is $150, payable DSCF2127by check to BOC at the time of submitting registration. Mail address is on the registration form, scroll to link below in red.

To successfully complete the LEARN TO ROW clinic, you must participate in a minimum of 8 sessions (16 hours of instruction). The full course offered is 12 sessions long (24 hours of instruction) and you are strongly encouraged to participate in as many sessions as you can.  Extra time will also be needed to watch a safety video outside of class. Please note: You must be a capable swimmer to participate in any RowBOC or PRC activity. Pre-registration is necessary as clinic space is limited to 8 people.

Saturdays   10:00 – 12:00 noon

    May 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20

Wednesdays  5:30-7:30pm

    May 20, 27  June 3, 10, 17, 24

LOCATION: Brattleboro Rowing Club : West River, Spring Tree Lane – Tan Quonset Hut, north from the Marina.   Putney Rowing Club: Connecticut River, Dummerston Boat Landing, Putney, VT.  Sessions may be subject to change or cancellation.  You will be notified in advance if this occurs.

After successfully completing the clinic, you may join RowBOC in the same season at a reduced rate of $100.00, you may join PRC or both clubs. Inquire about the details and rates at respective club websites. Clinic sessions are limited to eight people and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis by pre- registration.

2015 clinic application and waiver   print and mail in with payment

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

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.

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