Classes now forming for 2020 Open Water Rowing summer sessions!

Open Water Rowing Classes and Scrimmages

Coastal rowing is the latest rage and a great skill for BIAC’s windy afternoons. 

What is Open Water Rowing and Coastal Rowing?

Sculling, endurance, currents, waves, tide, wind, and teamwork – that’s open water rowing! 

The “mountain biking” of rowing, open water rowing (which includes coastal rowing) requires a dash of seamanship in addition to rowing skills and fitness. Open water rowers navigate tides and currents, read the water, and surf the waves. It can be a relaxing exploration of waterways or intense international racing.  While coastal and open water are often used interchangeably, open water is the broader category, meaning heavier boats on challenging water, be it a coastline or lake. 

2020 Learn Open Water Rowing

Join us to learn and practice open water rowing from Coach Amanda, who participated in the last two Coastal World Championships.

Skills taught in this class include:

  • learning to row in wind and waves (and embrace them!)
  • beach sprints – running and launching/landing on a beach
  • buoy turns
  • coastal race formats – what they are and how to participate
  • how to safely reenter an open water boat in windy conditions

Rowers must be competent and comfortable in a Maas 21 or 24 equivalent boat (wherry).

You will use Maas rowing shells (or similar) with self-bailers from our fleet of club boats for these sessions.

Check out BIAC Coastal Rowing with info about BIAC's participation in previous Coastal Worlds, BIAC hosted Coastal racing events on the San Francisco Bay, and resources about coastal and open water rowing (boats, racing, navigation and safety, history, and events on the world stage).

Coastal Expedition

Join fellow open water and coastal rowers on August 16 for a 24k row out to Foster City.

See full details and register here.

Must be a BIAC member to participate.

2020 Coastal Summer Series

Click a date below to see full event details and register.

Dates Times
July 31, Friday Evenings from 5:30-7:00pm
August 7, FridayEvenings from 5:30-7:00pm

Free to BIAC club members. Please register.

Prerequisites: Rowers must be competent and comfortable in a 21 or 24 (wherry) and 1x certified.

Details on 2020 Coastal Summer Series:

  • Join us for friendly, no-cost open water scrimmages in the splashier water of summer evenings.

  • Meet at 5:30 to discuss the race course and sort out boats then a friendly race around buoys.

  • Open to all members in solo crafts designed for open water adventures.

  • You will use boats from our fleet of heavier weight singles (1x's), that is, those better designed for rough water

  • Participants/registrants must be 18-years or older

  • The series is free to BIAC members and includes and use of club boats


Contact Coach Amanda:

Fine Print (Refund Policy)

We offer a full refund up to one week before your session starts. We will refund 75% of your registration cost if you must cancel within a week of your session. No refunds are offered after the first day of class, although if necessary we will make every effort to reschedule you in a later session.

Looking for camps for teens? Check out Norcal Crew summer programs.

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