Adult (Masters) Sculling and Rowing Programs

BIAC offers these programs for adult scullers and rowers. Adults are called "masters" in rowing and sculling (even when they're novices!). For 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.

See also Paddling Program and Dragon Boat Program.

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. Occasional technique clinics are offered, usually 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. 

To join this program, complete and submit the Rowing and Sculling Membership Application.

Learn to Scull (Level 1)

BIAC offers a Learn to Scull class that meets for eight sessions held over two-and-a-half weeks. Days and times vary by class. 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.

In addition, we offer experienced sweep rowers, or scullers returning to the sport after a hiatus, weekend "derust" clinics, during which Alice Henderson helps you refresh your skills and achieve certification to take out single shells on your own.

Sculling Technique Sessions (Level 2)

Alice Henderson offers coached sessions on Wednesday and Friday mornings. These are technical sculling classes with a bit of cardio. Members row at their own pace and are given individual coaching attention. A participant describes the sessions as "...specific to each person's needs," appreciating Alice's ability to "find a solution to that specific problem." For more information, or if you are interested in joining a session, contact Alice Henderson. Ready to sign up for Everybody Rows (Erows)? Book here.

Kathleen Faust also teaches Level 2 Sculling technique and cardio on Wednesday mornings. Open to any BIAC member who is approved to row a sculling single (1x) (like Learn to Scull graduates). For more information, contact Kathleen Faust. To sign up for Sculling 2, book here.

Advanced Sculling Technique Sessions (Level 3)

We are currently seeking a coach for this program. We will announce the session schedule as soon as the coach is hired.

Competitive Sculling Sessions (Level 4)

Coached by Mike Still, this program is for scullers focusing on improving their fitness level and sculling technique. Most sessions include a video review. Although many members of the group compete, that is not a necessary prerequisite. Practices are held Tuesday and Thursday 8-9:30am, and Saturday 9-10:30am. Scullers make a monthly commitment for 1-3 sessions/week, with coaching fees based on the number of sessions attended. There is also a single-session drop-in rate. If you are interested in joining a practice, contact Heidi Schley.

Rowing Program

The Adult (Masters) Rowing Program offers sweep rowing on one of three levels.

Teams are back on the water as of mid-May for coached singles (1x) small group practices on a slightly modified schedule, and in compliance with policies for recreation with social distancing per COVID-19 Health Orders. 

Typically, teams also practice in bigger boats (2-/x, 4x, 4+, 8+), although not an option for this season.

To join this program, complete and submit the Rowing and Sculling Membership Application.

Novice Rowing Team

Composed primarily of Learn to Row graduates, this team practices Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00-7:00am and Saturday from 6:00-8:00am. 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

Intermediate Rowing Programs

These co-ed programs are for rowers who are not novices. Graduates from the BIAC novice program are welcome, as are rowers with previous high school, college or masters experience. Practices are coached with a roughly one coach/1-2 boats ratio and emphasize 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.

Open Team

Practice times are Tuesday and Thursday mornings 5:00-7:00am, and Saturday mornings 6:00-8:00am. Rowers new to BIAC with previous rowing experience are asked to come out for a practice or two for technical evaluation to assess which team is the best fit. There are seasonal opportunities to race in local regattas. The open team head coach is Jenifer Aguirre

Recreational Rowing (R2)

Join a fun group class with a focus on technique and cardio in both sweep and sculling boats. If you enjoy rowing in group boats, this class is for you. It meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00-7:00am. The cost is $50 a month. This class is open to anyone with at least one year of rowing experience. Tracy Wilk is the team lead. Please contact Alice for details.

Competitive Rowing Team

For experienced, highly competitive rowers, the men's and women's competitive masters team practices Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:00-7:00am, with additional required individual and group practices. The teams prepare for local, regional, national and international regattas. The competitive team lead is Frances Rubenstein.

Sunday Crew

Sunday Crew is a sweep technique class taught by Coach Jenifer AguirreRowing with a small crew in a relaxed, weekend setting means time for individual attention, and a deeper look at all parts of the stroke. Rowers meet from 8:15-10:00am on Sundays. This class is available at no additional cost to rowers on Novice, Open and Competitive crews. Rowers not on these crews are also welcome to participate for a $15 per session drop-in fee. If you are interested in joining a class, contact the team lead.

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.
  • Sundays from 8:15-10am, the Open Team coach, Jenifer, takes out an 8+ and sometimes more boats for a focused technique session. It's a great way to brush up on your sweep technique, learn some new drills, and meet teammates and occasional brunch pals. Contact the team lead
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