Coastal Rowing Classes and Scrimmages

This summer we're excited to offer:

L1: Learn to Scull, Coastal

L1: Intro to Rowing, Weekend Clinic

L2: Intro to Coastal for Rowers

Coastal Scrimmages

Coastal Expeditions


What is Open Water Rowing and Coastal Rowing?

Open water rowing combines sculling, endurance, currents, waves, tide, wind, and teamwork! Visit this page to learn all about coastal rowing including boat types, safety, techniques and more.

As mountain biking is to cycling, open water rowing is to rowing. This sport (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 that includes heavy, seaworthy boats racing on challenging water, be it a coastline or lake.


More background:

Check out BIAC Coastal Rowing with info about BIAC's participation in previous Coastal World competitions and BIAC-hosted coastal racing events on the San Francisco Bay. There is also information about coastal and open water boats, racing, navigation and safety, history, and events on the world stage.

Our equipment:

BIAC has two Coastal solo (1x) boats and one Coastal double (2x). We also have 14 open water singles (1xs) and special summer access to two Coastal 4x+ boats. We are now forming classes, organized rows and expeditions, scrimmages and training for both BIAC members and the public who would like to participate in coastal rowing.


Level 1: Learn to Scull, Coastal Rowing

Come learn Coastal Rowing at Bair Island Aquatic Center! This series will introduce you to the rowing stroke, boat handling, and how to be safe getting out on the water in singles and group boats. You will also be introduced to the discipline of coastal rowing and learn some of the basic skills for rowing in rough water. Students will take a flip test and be offered the opportunity to get certified to use open water singles. Participants must be 16 years of age or older.

This class is geared to those with little or no rowing experience. Rowing is a full body workout that gets participants out on the water and trying a new sport. No prior water sport experience is needed.

A detailed email with what to wear, what to bring, and a class outline will be sent to registrants before the first session.


L1 Learn to Scull, Coastal Rowing – Class Schedule

Each session includes six 2-hour sessions. Classes have a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8 registrants. Cost is $300.


 Session Dates Times
1 June 7-18 MWF Evenings 5:15-7:15pm
July 12-23 MWF Evenings 5:15-7:15pm
3 August 9-20
MWF Evenings 5:15-7:15pm

This is an entry-level class. Participants should have no previous rowing experience.

Level 1: Intro to Rowing, Weekend Clinic

Want to learn the basics of rowing and get a quick intro to the sport? Take our introductory course at Bair Island Aquatic Center! This weekend clinic will introduce you to the rowing stroke, boat handling, and how to be safe getting out on the water in small boats. This fast-paced introduction to rowing will need to be followed by Learn to Row classes or additional coached rowing opportunities before students may take out boats unsupervised. Participants must be 16 years of age or older.

This class is geared to those with little or no rowing experience. Rowing is a full body workout and a chance to get out on the water and try a new sport. No prior water sport experience is needed.


L1 Intro to Rowing, Weekend Clinic – Class Schedule

Each session includes two 3-hour sessions. Classes have a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8 registrants. Cost is $150.


 Session Dates Times
1 June 19-20 Sa/Su 9am-Noon
July 17-18
Sa/Su 9am-Noon
3 August 7-8
Sa/Su 9am-Noon

This is an entry-level class. No previous rowing experience is preferred.



Level 2: Intro to Coastal for Rowers

Coastal Rowing is the latest rage and a great skill to have for BIAC’s windy afternoons. Rowers will use the Coastal 1x, Coastal 2x and Coastal 4x+ as well as open water 1x boats.

Skills taught in this class include:
  • learning to row in wind and waves (and embrace them!)
  • buoy turns
  • how coastal boats are different from classic rowing boats
  • coastal race formats – what they are and how to participate
  • how to safely reenter an open water boat in windy conditions

The cost for this class is $150 for members; $200 for non-members. Registrants may be asked about their rowing experience upon registration to make sure this is the right class for them.

NOTE: Rowers must be competent and comfortable in a 21' or 24' (wherry) single. Some sessions will be in group boats; please email Amanda if you are not comfortable in bigger boats. We recommend at least one year of rowing (or sculling) experience to enjoy this class.

L2 Intro to Coastal for Rowers – Class Schedule

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Each session includes four 90-minute sessions. Classes have a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 registrants.
Cost is $150/members, $200 non-members.


 Session Dates Times
1 June 8-17 Tu/Th Evenings 5:00-6:30pm
July 13-22 Tu/Th Evenings 5:00-6:30pm
3 August 10-19
Tu/Th Evenings 5:00-6:30pm

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

We recommend at least one year of experience to participate this class. This class is not for those who don't know how to row.


Coastal Scrimmages

Meet at 5:00pm in the BIAC boatyard to discuss the race course and sort out boats, then participate in a friendly race around buoys. Coaches will devise new courses! Boat selection will be based on order of registration. Open to all crafts designed for open water adventures (paddling and rowing).

Following the event we will host a happy hour – please bring your own drink and food to enjoy!

Coastal Scrimmages Schedule

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 Session Dates Times
1 July 2, Friday 5:00-6:30pm
July 30, Friday
5:00-6:30pm
3 August 27, Friday
5:00-6:30pm

$10 to members, $20 for non-members.

Open to All – Participants must be 1x, coastal or surfski certified. Please register so we know whom to expect. Non-members will be emailed to confirm qualifications and boat preferences.



Coastal Expeditions

Explore the areas around BIAC in long rows with friends! All participants should plan to be in open water or coastal shells.

Each row is approximately 12Km each direction (24Km round trip) and will take approximately 3 hours. On most rows we will land on the beach at our destination and take a bathroom and beverage break. A coach will accompany rowers in a safety launch.

This event is for exercising, socializing, and plenty of fun in the water beyond the wires. Register now so we know how many participants to expect! This event must have a minimum of 3 to take place and registration may close depending on how many boats participate. Communicate your boat preference to Coach Amanda via email.


Coastal Expeditions Schedule

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Session Dates Times
Ravenswood Point
July 24, Saturday

Email Amanda if you'd like to join her and other coastal rowers for a long row
1-4pm
Alameda Creek Vista Point
August 21, Saturday
11am-2pm

$10 to members, $20 for non-members.

NOTE: Participants must be capable of covering 24Km in approximately three hours. Rowers must be comfortable in a wherry (open water shell) or coastal boat and must have a minimum of one year's sculling experience. Speed is not a requirement for participation but anyone significantly behind or struggling before we reach the wires outbound will be asked to turn back.


Questions?

Contact Coach Amanda: coastal@gobair.org

Fine Print (Refund Policy)

We offer a full refund up to one week before your session starts. We will refund 75% of your registration fee 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.

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