Rowing and Sculling Programs for Adults (Masters)

Rowing is the broader term for both SCULLING and SWEEP ROWING.

BIAC offers flat water rowing programs for adult scullers and and sweep rowers. Adults are called "masters" in sweep rowing and sculling (even as novices!). For more information about any of these programs, please email or see the Contacts page for particular programs.

Interested in a Guest row? BIAC offers a few opportunities for guests who are experienced scullers and rowers. If you are visiting from out of town or would like to try-before-you-buy a full membership, see Guest Scullers and Rowers.

Click here for Adaptive Rowing Opportunities

Click here to learn about Coastal Rowing at BIAC

Sculling Program

Scullers use either their own private shells or BIAC club boats. They generally row when the water and winds are calm, typically in the morning.

Coached sessions are available throughout the year, along with technique classes and clinics during the warmer months. 

Scullers range in interest and ability from recreational to fitness to highly competitive. Many members of BIAC rowing teams are also scullers; good sculling technique enhances sweep skills. 

Sculling Skill Levels and Classes Map

Most sculling classes, technique clinics, and ongoing practice sessions indicate prerequisite skill levels, described below. Ongoing sessions require club membership, many classes and clinics are open to the public.

Skill Level Description
Level 1

No experience, just starting out.

BIAC offers Level 1 Learn to Scull classes. Included in the price is a month's trial membership in BIAC, during which participants can take other sculling classes, perhaps become certified in a single shell, and decide if they wish to become BIAC members.

Are you an experienced sweep rowers, or scullers returning to the sport after a hiatus? You can take a weekend DeRust clinic to refresh your skills and get certification to take out single shells on your own.

Level 2

Some experience and 1x certification, for example Learn to Scull and DeRust grads.

At this level, you are ready for some of our Sculling Clinics and Classes, ongoing eRows sessions, and opportunities for Novice team rowing.

Level 3

A year of more of sculling experience, good basics, and a goal to improve technique for speed and efficiency.

Sweep Rowing Program

Teams are back on the water for coached singles (1x) small group practices on slightly modified schedules noted below, in compliance with policies for recreation with social distancing per COVID-19 Health Orders.

New to rowing? The best path for 2020 is to sign up for Learn to Scull. Already have rowing experience? Check out Sculling Clinics and Classes, get certification to row 1x's at BIAC, find out about other coached sessions, or join one of the teams below.

In Sweep Rowing, each rower has a single oar and rows in sync with the other rower(s) in the boat. The Adult (Masters) Sweep Program requires club membership, payment of equipment fee, and coaching fees. These teams typically practice both sweep and sculling, with focus on sweep and team boats (2-/x, 4x, 4+, 8+).

Sweep rowing groups are provided for three skill levels, Novice, Intermediate, and Competitive, with the opportunities to build on your current competencies and advance through the program based on your goals and interests.

Sweep Rowing Skill Levels and Teams

Skill Level Description

Composed primarily of Learn to Scull graduates, this team is on a revised schedule due to the pandemic and focus on sculling in singles. Practice times are 5:30-7:30am Tuesday, Thursday, and 6:00-8:00am Saturday. Rowers further develop rowing and sculling skills, and prepare to compete in local and regional regattas. Adult novice status is two years, after which the athlete is ready to move on. The head novice coach is Chuck Bonnici.


Co-ed recreational program are for rowers who are not novices. Graduates from the BIAC novice program are welcome, as are rowers with previous rowing experience. Practices are coached with a roughly one coach/2-3 boats ratio.  The emphasize is on technique, fitness, and teamwork. Rowers can expect to row both sweep and sculls as well as share coxing duties which rotate about once a month per athlete.

This co-ed recreational group practices for technique and fitness. Practice times are 5:15-7:00am, Tuesday, Thursday, and 6:00-8:00am Saturday. The open team head coach is Jenifer Aguirre. The team lead is Michelle Hohenberger.

Summer Skills Team

Seasonal technical practice sessions for recreation and fitness are offered in the Spring and Summer. To view summer 2021 offerings, check out the Summer Skills Team with Coach J on Sculling Clinics and Classes. Similar programs will be offered in 2022.


For experienced, competitive rowers. The men's and women's competitive team trains in small and large sweep and sculling boats to complete at local and national regattas. Practice times are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings 5:00-7:00am, with some optional weekends and land training.  The competitive team head coach is Chris Flynn. The team lead is Sharon Wienbar.

Guest Scullers and Rowers

For experienced rowers and scullers, a drop-in row (arranged in advance) with either a buddy or one of the teams is available for a small fee.  All options require signing a waiver and coach approval of your skill set to use our equipment and launch from our docks. The team rows are often logistically easier in terms of these requirements because coaches are present, but if you are an experienced sculler, getting out on the water with a sculling class club member as a sponsor is possible.

Here is a sampling of drop-in options to get you started.

  • Find a club member to go out with in a double or singles. 
  • Email the contact listed for the Level 2, 3, or 4 sculling sessions, and join a session that fits your schedule.
  • Saturdays, the Open Team practices with Coach Jenifer from 6am - 8am. Practices typically include 8+'s (sweep), 4x's and 2x's (sculling). The 2 hours breaks down to ~ half technical drills and half all boat rowing. Contact the Open Team lead.
  • Saturdays is a Competitive sculling practice from 9-10:30am. See the description above of the Competitive Sculling Group.
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