The Pocock Rowing Center offers year-round opportunities for adults of all sizes, skills and interests to participate in rowing. To participate in a Learn to Row program (Sculling 101, Experience Rowing Day, or private session), you do not need to be a member. To sign up for a class, team, or program, you must be a member of the PRC.
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.
- Sculling 101 (Introduction to Sculling): This 4 week class teaches the very basics of rowing, including: safety on the water, navigating the water safely, handling rowing equipment and learning to row a 1-person boat. This class — or completion of private lessons to cover the material — is required for registration for Sculling 201 (Beginning Sculling).
- Sculling 201 (Beginning Sculling): Objective is to build a strong foundation for sculling, including working on efficient body posture, blade mechanics, and power application in both training singles and recreational racing hulls. PRC membership, previous sculling experience/Sculling 101 (Intro to Sculling) is required. The primary equipment is training 1x and eventually recreational racing 1x (since ability to use those is required to move into Sculling 301 and beyond).
- Sculling 301 (Intermediate Sculling): Objective: refine the basic sculling skills — including square blade rowing and increased focus on speed and power relationship — in order to build confidence in sculling ability in recreational hulls and racing hulls. Previous sculling experience (completion of Sculling 201 and coach permission) is required along with the ability to row a recreational racing single. In this class, participants will row 1x, 2x and sometimes 4x.
- Sculling 301.5 (Intermediate-Advanced Sculling): Objective: continue to refine the basic sculling skills — including square blade rowing, effective power transfer and increased focus on creating and sustaining boat speed. Previous sculling experience (Sculling 301) or coach permission and ability to row a recreational racing or competition single required. In this class, participants will row 1x, 2x and sometimes 4x. The primary difference between Sculling 301 and Sculling 301.5 is that Sculling 301.5 is geared toward moving the boat faster. Which means participants are coming to that class with a high degree of proficiency and comfort in sculling boats.
- Sculling 401 (Advanced Sculling): Objective: technical and fitness instruction focused on refining the stroke and learning the basics of racing, including how to do starts and shifts and race strategies and steering for short and long pieces. Extensive sculling experience, ability to row a racing single and coach permission required. Note: you do not need to do Sculling 201, 301, and 301.5 to register for Sculling 401; however 401, you MUST be able to row a competition racing 1x and have sufficient skills and fitness to do starts and short and long race pieces. A sample workout in Sculling 401 is meet at the houseboats. Warm up with legs only sequence focusing on connecting the glutes to a relaxed catch and getting the boat moving in the top two inches of the drive. Continue warm up with drills, steady, and tens to build rate and pressure, applying technical focus throughout. Meet at start line of 2k course. Workout: 3 sets of 6 X 1′ on 1′ off at rates 22-32, 5-6′ rest between sets. Technical feedback provided during. Cool down with drills and technical focus. 10-12k total distance.
For more information or to register for one of our Adult Rowing Classes, see our Sign Up tab.
Peer Mentors for Adult Beginning Scullers
If you are interested in getting on the water to practice your new sculling skills outside of class time, but you don’t yet feel comfortable going out alone, you can connect with one of our Team of PRC Peer Mentors. These are adult PRC members who are volunteering to help “newbies” get boats down, get on the water and just be a friendly face and buddy on the water. If you’re interested, please contact us via Email (Peer Mentors are free, but available only to PRC members).
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 Level 1 or 2. Participants in Level 1 must have at least 2 months of rowing experience (Learn to Row 1 and 2). For more information or to register for the Recreational Rowing League see our Sign Up tab.
PRC Competitive Masters Teams
The PRC offers four Competitive Masters’ rowing teams designed for competitive oarsmen and women ages 21-and over who have prior competitive rowing experience (high school, college or post-college) and are looking for a team focused on rigorous training sessions and a strong sense of camaraderie. Expect some erg work (including testing) and seat evaluations for a seat in Masters and Open events 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: M-W-F, 5-6:45am
This team is for oarswomen age 21 and up with prior competitive rowing experience. The women on the team come from diverse backgrounds including high school and collegiate rowing, learn-to-row masters teams, pre-elite rowing, and national team experience. Training sessions are rigorous and technical, with the goal of creating competitive lineups for local, regional, and national regattas. These women strive together to perform at their best and they have fun doing it!
- PRC Senior Women’s Competitive Sweep Team: M-W-F, 5-6:45am
This team is for oarswomen ages 50 and up with prior rowing experience. The women on the team come from diverse backgrounds and many learned to row as adults (sweep and/or scullers welcome). Training sessions are challenging and technical — including erg and land training and independent training, with the goal of creating competitive lineups for local, regional, and national regattas.
- PRC Men’s Competitive Sweep Team: T, Th 5-6:45am and Sat 6-7:45am
This team is for competitive oarsmen ages 21-and over who have prior competitive rowing experience (high school, college or post-college) and are looking for a team focused on rigorous training sessions and a strong sense of camaraderie. Expect some erg work (including testing) and seat evaluations for a seat in Masters and Open events at local, regional and national regattas.
- PRC Competitive Mixed Masters Sweep and Scull Team: M, W 6:30-8pm and Sat 8-9:45am
This is a co-ed team (ages 21+) training in sculling and sweep boats. Rowers should have at least two years of consistent rowing experience, including some racing experience, and/or coach’s permission.
- PRC Masters’ Competitive Sculling Team: M, W 6-7:15am and Sun 7-8:30am or T and Th 5-6:45am and Sun 7-8:30am
This is a co-ed team (ages 21+) training predominantly in singles. Prospective members must be evaluated by both coaches in a racing single and demonstrate fitness and technical proficiency. Team members select 3 of 5 practices/week to attend.
USRowing Membership and Affiliation
The PRC code for USRowing is 79FUQ. For most regattas, you will need to be a USRowing member affiliated with the Pocock Rowing Center and have an online waiver signed. Click HERE to go to USRowing to join USRowing.
PRC Competitive Team Uniform Order
The online store for PRC uniforms and gear opens several times throughout the year. Members will receive an email announcement with a link to the team store.
Private Competitive Masters Teams
The PRC also hosts three private Competitive Masters’ rowing teams. For more information, please contact us via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ancient Mariners Rowing Club
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- Charley McIntyre Rowing Club
Register for PRC Adult Classes, Programs, and Teams by selecting the Sign Up tab.
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: email@example.com. You will also need to provide a signed copy of the GPRF Liability Waiver