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The Pocock Rowing Center is the premier rowing facility in the Northwest. From complete beginners to Olympians, the PRC offers multiple programs and opportunities to allow easy and comprehensive access to the act of rowing and the sport of crew for all skills, ages, and physical abilities.

With shared club equipment and private rack space available, members can row independently whenever they choose or can join ongoing programs or teams and improve within structured practices and classes.

Our Junior and High Performance programs add to the inclusive environment the Center houses. A beautiful facility in an accessible location, the tradition-rich Pocock Rowing Center has something for everyone.

The Pocock Rowing Center is located in Seattle’s Eastlake residential community along Portage Bay, Seattle’s Pocock Rowing Center is less than ten minutes from downtown Seattle and only a short distance from many Seattle neighborhoods, Shoreline, Mercer Island, and Bellevue.

Emailinfo@pocockrowingcenter.org
Phone: 206-328-0778
Fax: 206-328-4239

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Facility

The Pocock Rowing Center

The Pocock Rowing Center (PRC) is the community boathouse of the George Pocock Rowing Foundation.  Started by the George Pocock Rowing Foundation (GPRF) in 1994, the PRC is a non-profit rowing center.  The PRC prides itself on providing opportunities for rowers of all ages and skill levels, from 12 year old juniors to 90 year old masters, and from complete novices to Olympians. A focus on “1PRC” highlights our intention of communal inclusion, activity, and involvement, allowing you to get as much out of the PRC as you put in.

The Zesbaugh Fitness Room

  • 18 Concept2 rowing machines
  • 2 Rowperfects
  • 2 gamut ergometers
  • 8 Lemond Revmaster training bikes
  • StairMaster
  • Precor treadmill
  • Squat racks, leg press, bench press, and pull up bar
  • Kettlebells, medicine balls, and full assortment of free weights and weight plates

The PRC Rowing Fleet

  • Training singles and wherries (Maas, Bay, Peinert)
  • Recreational and Competitive singles (Hudson, Empacher, Vespoli, Schoenbrod)
  • Recreational and Competitive doubles and pairs (Hudson, Pocock, Filippi)
  • Recreational and Competitive quads, fours and eights (Hudson, Pocock, Vespoli)
  • Concept2 and Croker sweep and sculling oars

Equipment Rental

If you are a rower visiting from another city or country, we are happy to help you discover rowing in Seattle.  Rowers who aren’t members of the Pocock Rowing Center pay a daily use fee to use our facility and PRC Club Boats as “Guests of the PRC” (limitations apply).  Please contact us via Email: info@pocockrowingcenter.org

Facility Rental

The Pocock Rowing Center is available for events and parties. Our waterfront location and spacious banquet room provide a wonderful setting. With ample parking and reasonable rates, we invite you to come visit our club.
Contact us: Phone 206.328.0778 or Email: info@pocockrowingcenter.org

Banquet Room: 25 X 73 ft & 13 X 30 ft

  • 167 Maximum capacity for standing events
  • 120 Maximum capacity for seated events
  • Contact the office for pricing
  • $250 Cleaning deposit

Your event time must include set-up and clean-up times Cleaning deposit is required to hold the space for your event Balance due date of event, prior to the event.
Depending on room set-up, a $125.00 fee may be added.

Conference Room: 20 X 20 ft

  • 8 –10 person conference table
  • 30 maximum capacity for theater-style and/or standing reception functions
  • $40/hour for a maximum of 6 hours (rental available during normal business hours)
  • $150 cleaning deposit

Your event time must include set-up and clean-up times. The cleaning deposit is required to hold the space for your event and balance is due by the day of event.

Other Amenities:

  • A kitchen is available for your use for an additional fee
  • Free parking is provided in our adjacent lot
  • Stereo and sound systems are available
  • Some multimedia equipment can be provided. Please ask for more details

Sign Up

The Pocock Rowing Center Membership

  • Full Membership: 24/7 access to the Zesbaugh Fitness Room and locker rooms, use of PRC Club Boats, and access to registration for PRC Programs
  • PRC Junior Team Alumni Membership:  24/7 access to the Zesbaugh Fitness Room and locker rooms.
  • Age-Reduced Membership (18-25 years old): 24/7 access to the Zesbaugh Fitness Room and locker rooms, use of PRC Club Boats, and access to registration for PRC Programs
  • Family Membership: 24/7 access to the Zesbaugh Fitness Room and locker rooms, use of PRC Club Boats, and access to registration for PRC Programs for up to two adults at the same address
  • Fitness Membership: 24/7 access to the Zesbaugh Fitness Room and locker rooms
  • Members and Prospective Members! Check out the Pocock Rowing Center Member Handbook
  • Member Orientations are required for all new members and existing members are encouraged to take advantage of an orientation to learn PRC policies and take full advantage of your membership.  Please contact our Office Manager to schedule your orientation.

Registration

Register for Membership and PRC Programs by selecting a colored button below for more information, including membership requirements and pricing.  Sign up by adding the item to your cart and select “checkout.”  If you are having trouble registering online, please contact us at 206-686-6388 or info@pocockrowingcenter.org or contact Regatta Central directly at support@regattacentral.com

New adult members need to complete the PRC Membership Forms.  Please print these forms and return to our office to complete your registration.  New Adult Members may be eligible for a discount; please contact the Pocock Rowing Center office before registering.  If you have questions about Membership or our Programs, please contact us at 206-686-6388 or info@pocockrowingcenter.org.

Please note: we reserve the right to modify or cancel a PRC class or PRC Program due to under-enrollment.

Learn to Row

Learn to Row at the Pocock Rowing Center!

Whether you want a one day opportunity to try rowing, hoping to start on a path toward long-term involvement in a new sport, or looking for a meaningful and engaging team building event, we have options to get you on the water!

Experience Rowing Day

Got rowing on your “bucket list?”  Just finished reading The Boys in the Boat and want to give rowing a try, but you don’t have any experience or the interest in making a long-term commitment?  Looking for a fun outing for you, your friends, or a truly unique date?  Our Experience Rowing Day is a one-day, fun and easy-going way to learn the basics of rowing without making a big commitment. No experience required!!!  The Experience Rowing Day may be your first step toward pursuing a new favorite sport, an easy way to experience the history of rowing, or simply a fun Saturday activity!

Register for one of our Experience Rowing Classes by selecting the Sign Up tab and selecting Experience Rowing under the Adult Learn to Row heading.

Sculling 101: Introduction to Sculling Program

Our Introduction to Sculling Program is appropriate for individuals with little to no previous rowing or sculling experience.  In this 4-week, small-group class, you’ll learn the basics of rowing, including: how to carry rowing equipment, safe navigation on the water, and learning to row a 1-person boat.  This class is a prerequisite for Sculling 201: Beginning Sculling.

Register for Sculling 101: Introduction to Sculling by selecting the Sign Up tab.

Private Lessons

If your schedule doesn’t allow you to learn to row in one of our scheduled classes,  you can arrange a private lesson or series of lessons with one of our staff of qualified coaches. Private coaching is available to members or non-members and can be scheduled Mondays-Fridays 8am-3pm, Saturdays 9am-8pm, or Sundays 9am-8pm.

If you would like to schedule a private lesson, please contact us via Email.  You will also need to provide a signed copy of the PRC Liability waiver.

Corporate and Team Building Events

Rowing is a powerful example of team work at its best.  For the boat to move smoothly and efficiently, the members of a crew must adapt to each other, communicate responsively and be accountable to something bigger than any one individual.   Good crews, fast crews, slow crews, and brand-new crews all go through the same process of learning to work together, and the lessons learned in the boat are highly relevant in a professional environment.

By getting out of the office and onto the water, your team will have the opportunity to hit the “reset” button as your crew explores new ways to solve problems, communicate effectively, and have fun in pursuit of a common goal.

We customize our Corporate and Team Building Events to the needs of your team.  Please contact us via email at briana@pocockrowingcenter.org or call 206-328-0778 to get your team, corporation, or group on the water.

Youth and Junior Learn to Row

Kids and teens ages 12-18 who want to learn to row can get involved with rowing through our Junior Programs.  We offer year-round opportunities for Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers to learn and participate in rowing, including summer camps, a Middle School Rowing and Fitness Club (fall-spring), and a High School Competitive Team (fall-spring).  For more information about our Junior Programs, please select the Junior Programs tab on the menu.

Junior Programs

Junior Programs

The Pocock Junior Programs offer year-round rowing opportunities for middle school and high school students attending greater Seattle area schools to participate in recreational and competitive rowing.  We are committed to creating and cultivating a culture where every individual is treated with respect and is given the opportunity to achieve his or her own best level of success through a range of program offerings staffed by knowledgeable, professional and compassionate coaches.

Whether you need an introduction to the sport’s fundamentals or want to compete at the highest level, we have a program for you!

Middle School Opportunities

Middle School Rowing and Fitness Club

The Middle School Rowing and Fitness Club runs Fall through Spring in 4-6 week sessions with practices held Monday-Friday 4-6pm.  The Middle School Rowing and Fitness Club is for individuals (grades 6-8) who are new to the sport OR returning to the Club.  Regular attendance is encouraged, but not required for participation.

Competitive Junior Team (8th grader try out)

Individuals who are entering eighth grade can try out for the PRC High School Competitive Team by registering online for the 8th grade try out.  The try out is way for both the participant and the coach to assess if joining the High School team is a good decision.  Participants in the try out will be evaluated on attendance, attitude, effort, emotional and physical maturity, and basic fitness.

High School Opportunities

 Competitive Junior Team

The PRC Junior Team is a competitive rowing team for high school-aged individuals (8th graders may try-out for the team) with opportunities for individuals who are new to rowing or who have completed several seasons of competitive training and racing.

Novice Squad:  For high school-aged individuals who are brand new to the sport or who have some rowing experience (e.g., summer camp, Middle School Rowing and Fitness Club)

Varsity Squad: For high school-aged individuals who have completed at least one season on a competitive Junior Team

PRC Junior Team Parent Meeting — Saturday, September 12th, 8:30am-10am at the Pocock Rowing Center.

Competitive Team Uniform Order

The online store is now open and all uniforms for members of the PRC Juniors competitive team should be ordered by midnight on August 23.  Members of the varsity squad need to order a Junior Team Unisuit.  Members of the novice squad need to order a Novice Team tank.  Uniforms are made by JLRacing and shipped to the boathouse and distributed to the athletes once they arrive.  We expect to receive the uniforms to the boathouse by September 30th.  For questions about uniform size or fit, please view the sizing tab on the Uniform Store.  Click HERE to access the online store.

PRC Junior Team Training and Racing Seasons

Fall Season (2015):  The Fall season runs August 24-November 8th with practices held Monday-Friday from 4pm-6:15pm at the Pocock Rowing Center.

Winter Season (2015): The Winter season runs mid-November through early February with practices held Monday-Friday from 4pm-6pm at the Pocock Rowing Center.

Spring Season (2016):  The Spring season runs mid-February through mid-May with regular practices held Monday-Friday from 4pm-6:30pm at the Pocock Rowing Center.

Click HERE to learn more about our Junior Programming opportunities, access required documents, see the high school team race schedule, and learn more about junior rowing.

Adult Programs

Adult Programs

The Pocock Rowing Center offers year-round opportunities for adults of all sizes, skills and interests to participate in rowing.

Learn to Row

We offer three great Learn to Row options at the Pocock Rowing Center, including a one-day Experience Rowing option that allows you to try rowing without a big commitment of money or time.  No experience required!

For more detailed information about our Learn to Row programming, see our Learn to Row tab.

Adult Technical Instruction

We offer a progressive series of instructional rowing classes that allows individuals to learn, make technical improvements, and learn racing strategies.  For more information or to register for one of our Adult Rowing Classes, see our Sign Up tab.

Recreational Rowing League

The Recreational Rowing League is a co-ed team of rowers and coxswains who want to get a great workout, develop their skills and race in local and regional races. Rowers of all experience levels are welcome to join our Recreational Rowing League Novice Squad or Experienced Squad, though all participants in the Novice Squad must have completed Sculling 201: Beginning Sculling or the equivalent.  For more information or to register for the Recreational Rowing League see our Sign Up tab.

PRC Competitive Masters Teams

The PRC offers three Competitive Masters’ rowing teams designed for competitive oarsmen and women ages 21-early 50’s.  Members of the PRC Competitive Teams race at local, regional, and national regattas.  For more information or to register for one of the PRC Competitive Teams, see our Sign Up tab.

  • PRC Women’s Competitive Sweep Team
  • PRC Men’s Competitive Sweep Team
  • PRC Masters’ Competitive Sculling Team

PRC Competitive Team Uniform Order

The online store for PRC uniforms is now open.  Orders must be placed by midnight on August 23 and we expect delivery to the boathouse by September 30th.  Uniforms are made by JLRacing and shipped to the boathouse and distributed to the athletes once they arrive.  For questions about uniform size or fit, please view the sizing tab on the Uniform Store.  Click HERE to access the online store.

The Pocock Rowing Center qualified four events for the 2015 Head of the Charles Guaranteed Entry:  Men’s Masters 4 (40+); Men’s Senior Master 8 (50+); Women’s Club 8; Women’s Master 8 (40+).  If you are an adult interested in racing in one of these events at Head of the Charles, read our Limited Entry Policy HERE.

PRC Men’s Team HOCR Selection Process

PRC Women’s Team HOCR Selection Process

Private Competitive Masters Teams

The PRC also hosts three private Competitive Masters’ rowing teams. For more information, please contact us via Email: info@pocockrowingcenter.org

  • Ancient Mariners Rowing Club
  • Montlake Rowing Club
  • Charley McIntyre Rowing Club

Register for PRC Adult Classes, Programs, and Teams by selecting the Sign Up tab.

Private Lessons

Our staff of qualified coaches is available for private lessons if you are interested in a flexible learn to row schedule, want to fine tune your rowing or help take you to the next competitive level.  Private coaching is available to members or non-members and can be scheduled Mondays-Fridays 8am-3pm, Saturdays 9am-8pm, or Sundays 9am-8pm.

If you would like to schedule a private lesson, please contact us via Email: info@pocockrowingcenter.org.  You will also need to provide a signed copy of the GPRF Liability Waiver

Team Building Events

Corporate and Team Building Events

Rowing is a powerful example of team work at its best.  For the boat to move smoothly and efficiently, the members of a crew must adapt to each other, communicate responsively and be accountable to something bigger than any one individual.   Good crews, fast crews, slow crews, and brand-new crews all go through the same process of learning to work together, and the lessons learned in the boat are highly relevant in a professional environment.

By getting out of the office and onto the water, your team will have the opportunity to hit the “reset” button as your crew explores new ways to solve problems, communicate effectively, and have fun in pursuit of a common goal.

We customize our Corporate and Team Building Events to the needs of your team.  Please contact us via email at briana@pocockrowingcenter.org or call 206-328-0778 to get your team, corporation, or group on the water.

Safety

Safety on the water and in the boathouse is our number one priority.

The Management Committee of the PRC has enacted a number of policies and procedures to help keep our junior and adult members safe.  These policies cover many areas of safety, however the Management Committee expects all employees and users of the PRC to use Common Sense in applying existing safety procedures and policies to situations that are not covered.

Traffic Pattern and Dock Use

Safety on the water is everyone’s responsibility.  Please observe the traffic pattern, look around frequently, and recognize that we row on a heavily-used commercial body of water.  Power boats, barges, and tugs CANNOT stop quickly and should always be given wide berth.

Our dock is very busy, especially during peak hours (5-9am and 4-7pm)!   When launching from or returning to the PRC, small boats should use the angled dock.  Always allow docking crews to land and clear prior to launching.  If you see a crew waiting to dock and you are already on the dock, please launch quickly; if you are not yet on the dock, do not put your boat into the water until the docking crew has cleared.  When launching, make sure oars are down, oarlocks are open and you have checked your equipment prior to putting the boat into the water. Tie in and make adjustments on the water to enable more members to utilize the dock.  After you have docked, quickly remove your oars and the hull to make space for other crews.

Lake Washington Ship Canal Traffic Pattern

Lake Washington Ship Canal Traffic Pattern

Lighting and Visibility

All boats rowing out of the PRC must have a properly functioning bow and stern light when operating in the dusk or dark (1 hour before sunrise or 1 hour before sunset).  Individuals are responsible for providing their own lights.

Rowers are strongly encouraged to wear high visibility or reflective clothing (high-viz) to increase their visibility.

4 Oar Rule

During particularly cold weather (air or air+wind = 32 degrees or colder), the Operations Manager, Equipment and Facilities Manager, or member of the Management Committee may invoke the “4 Oar Rule” without warning. This rule is enacted for member safety.  When the 4 Oar Rule is in effect, no PRC club 1x or 2- is allowed to launch from the PRC without a safety launch.

Coaches’ Safety Certifications and Training

All PRC coaches are required to have: current CPR, current First Aid, Washington State Boater ID, certificate of USA SafeSport training, and complete the PRC staff training.  If you are interested in employment at the PRC, please submit a letter of interest, resume and copy of certifications via Email to: briana@pocockrowingcenter.org.

Health and Safety

Clean hands and equipment make for healthy members!  We provide antibacterial gel dispensers throughout the facility, spray bottles to sanitize oar handles before and/or after use, and spray bottles and paper towels to clean the indoor exercise equipment.  We strongly recommend all members use these supplies and wash their hands thoroughly after training.

Youth and Junior Use of the PRC

Individuals under the age of 18, including members of the PRC Youth programs or the PRC Junior Team, may only use the PRC facility during scheduled, coached practices or when with a coach or parent-member. Individuals under 18 years old may not use PRC rowing equipment at any time unless they are accompanied by a PRC coach in a safety launch OR unless they are accompanied by their parent/guardian who has a Family Membership.

Individuals who are 18 and members of the PRC Junior Team may not use the PRC facility outside of scheduled, coached practices nor use PRC rowing equipment unless the individual has registered for the Adult Age-Discounted Membership.

Quads, Fours, Eights and Launches

No PRC-owned 4+, 4-, or 4x may go out without a safety launch at any time.  No 8-oared shell may go out from PRC without a safety launch at any time.  PRC launches may be used by PRC coaches and approved PRC staff/volunteers; launches must be requested and scheduled with the Operations Manager.

Read the PRC Member Handbook for all Policies and Procedures HERE!

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can Row?

If you can squat to sit, lift an object over your head, and can pass a basic float test, you can row!!  If you are small in stature, want to be part of a team sport but prefer to use your brain over your brawn, you may be a perfect coxswain (the person who commands the crew during practices and races)!  The best way to find out if rowing or coxing is for you is to TRY IT!

What to Wear and Bring to Practice

  • close-fitting athletic shorts or rowing-specific shorts (trou)
  • t-shirt: technical/performance fabric is better than cotton
  • waterproof or water resistant coat
  • hat/visor; sunglasses can be helpful
  • running shoes
  • change of clothes
  • lock for day-use locker (or a locker can be rented for the season in the office)

Guests and Non-Member Use

We welcome two types of guests at the PRC:

Guests of PRC Members: PRC members are welcome to bring a guest to use the PRC facility and equipment up to two times a quarter.  Guests of PRC members must be accompanied by the PRC member, must sign a PRC Liability Waiver, and are expected to follow all PRC procedures and rules.

Non-member Guests: Non-members may arrange to use the PRC facility and equipment during regular business hours by contacting our office.  There is a fee of $15/day for non-members to use the facility and equipment, and equipment use will be granted based on approval from the Operations Manager.  Non-members must contact the office, must sign a PRC Liability Waiver, pay the daily use fee, and are expected to follow all PRC procedures and rules.

Refunds of Program Fees

A member may request a refund of program fees for any reason, however because program costs are ‘front-loaded (i.e. purchases and staffing commitments are made in advance), there may be no refund or a limited refund.  Requests for cancellation and refunds received at least one week prior to the start of the program may be eligible for a 100% refund. Requests for cancellations and refunds received after the start of the program (but within one week of the start of the program) may receive a 50% refund unless otherwise specified.  Requests for cancellations and refunds received after the start of the program and after one week of the start of the program will receive no refund unless otherwise specified.

What Boats Can I Use?

The PRC has three classifications of boats:  PRC Club; PRC Limited Use and PRC Restricted.

All PRC members have access to all PRC Club 1x, 2x, 2- at any time.  These boats must be reserved in the Club Reservation Book and must be signed out in the Logbook prior to use.

Use of PRC Limited Use boats is limited to PRC members who have been approved by the Operations Manager, Equipment and Facilities Manager or under a PRC coach’s supervision.

Our Restricted Boats are reserved exclusively for use by our Competitive Teams during the course of their regularly scheduled practice.

Quads, Fours, Eights and Launches

No PRC-owned 4+, 4-, or 4x may go out without a safety launch at any time.  No 8-oared shell may go out from PRC without a safety launch at any time.  PRC launches may be used by PRC coaches and approved PRC staff/volunteers; launches must be requested and scheduled with the Operations Manager.

Read the PRC Member Handbook for all Policies and Procedures HERE!

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