Clinics and Lessons


Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings, June 16 – July 25

Rowing provides recreation, fitness, social interaction, and skills like teamwork, persistence, and initiative that are necessary in everyday life. Let’s Row!

Saturday mornings   9:00am – 10:30am

Wednesday evenings  5:30-7:00pm

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June 16:
The first Learn to Row clinic session begins at 9:00am. This session will include an orientation to rowing and this 6-week session; you will learn how to bring a boat down to the water but depending on conditions you may not get out on the water until the second session.

Schedule follows with 6 Saturdays (9:00-10:30) and 6 Wednesdays (5:30-7:00). We offer 12 sessions but you must complete at least 8 and demonstrate proficiency to get cleared to row club boats. Coaches are Graeme King and David Gessner, assisted by RowBOC members.

2018 Learn to Row Clinic Application Available here . Print out and mail completed application to Margery McCrum, 86 Orchard St., Brattleboro VT 05301.

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 (depending on interest level) will be taught in twelve 90-minute sessions.  Basic skills, boat handling,  and safety instruction are taught in a supportive and graduated approach by qualified instructors. You must attend at least eight sessions in order to successfully complete the training though we strongly recommend that you attend all.    Assistants  will be on hand to help with the coached clinics.

The Learn to Row Clinic fee is $175, payable by check to BOC at the time of submitting registration. Mail address is on the registration form, scroll down to the link below. After successfully completing the clinic, you may join RowBOC the same season for the reduced price of $50. Regular season membership is $250.

To successfully complete the LEARN TO ROW clinic, you must participate in 8 of the 12 sessions (12 hours of instruction).   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 activity. Pre-registration is necessary as clinic space is limited to 12 people.

LOCATION: Brattleboro Rowing Club : West River, Spring Tree Lane – Tan Quonset Hut, north from the Marina. 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 $50.00.

Clinic sessions are limited to twelve people and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis by pre- registration.

2018 Learn to Row Clinic application and waiver  Print, complete and mail to the address on form.

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


New this season—With a renewed emphasis on safety we will be requiring a swim test of all members and updating our Handbook with enhanced safety policies.

Wondering what you would do if your boat capsized on the Connecticut River? We will be holding recovery clinics to learn and practice getting back into the boat. Don’t worry, we’ll pick a day when the water is warm and inviting!

Join us for 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
– 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?   Coaches and skilled rowers can help you hone your technique..  Have fun rowing with other club members as you improve as a rower and an athlete.

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.

Write to with any questions about our programs.