Programs & Membership

South Bend Community Rowing offers programs for members and non-members who wish to learn more about rowing and basic rowing skills. Please review the programs below and then sign up for the Non-Member Program or Member Program that matches your skill level and interests. Our programs are open to those age 18 and over, except for the Coxswain Development program, which is also open to those ages 16 and 17. Questions? Call Dan Pawelski at 574-621-1916 or send an email to crew@sbcrowing.org.

Non-Member Programs

Rowing 101

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have cancelled Rowing 101 for the 2020 season. We hope to resume the program in 2021. You are welcome to add your name to the Rowing 101 Waitlist.

In a single 1.5-hour session, learn basic rowing technique on an erg (rowing machine) and get on the water with Masters rowers for a brief rowing experience. This is a great opportunity to experience rowing first hand and decide if our Learn-to-Row program is your next step. Rowing 101 is an introduction to rowing. It is not required if you wish to proceed directly to our Learn-to-Row Program. 

Learn-to-Row

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated social distancing guidelines we cannot open registration for Learn to Row until it is safe to do so. Please continue to visit these pages for periodic updates.

Learn rowing basics in this six-session program, with professional instruction from University of Notre Dame crew coaches.

Participants who miss no more than one session will be eligible to join the Novice Rowing program. Completion of the Learn-to-Row Program is required prior to participating in Novice Rowing.

Cost – $150 for the 2020 season. Participants who choose to join the Novice Rowing program after completion of Learn-to-Row will pay an additional fee of $150 and must also join U.S. Rowing. U.S.Rowing membership costs $9.75.

Schedule: The Learn-to-Row program begins in June and runs for three consecutive weeks, with two sessions per week. Check our calendar for exact dates and times.

Click here to be notified when registration opens.

Breast Cancer Survivors Recovery Row on the St. Joe

Thanks to everyone who participated in our 2019 Breast Cancer Survivors Recovery Row on the St. Joe. We will be hosting this event again in 2020. Watch for dates on our calendar. If you have any questions, please send an email to crew@sbcrowing.org.

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Visiting Rowers

Experienced rowers visiting South Bend are welcome to join us for up to three rows without charge depending on seat availability.  Visiting rowers must provide proof of membership in  U.S. Rowing. Please contact Dan Pawelski at 574-621-1916 or send an email to crew@sbcrowing.org.

Member Programs

Masters Rowing

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated social distancing guidelines the start of the 2020 Masters rowing season has been delayed until at least June 1st. Please visit these pages periodically for updates.

Masters Rowing is for rowers 18 years or older with at least one year of rowing experience.  Our Masters program offers recreational and competitive rowing opportunities. Please review our 2020 Season Guidelines before registering.

Schedule:  The Masters Rowing program for 2020 runs Spring through Fall. Start and end dates are weather-dependent.

Cost:  $300 for Masters Rowing; $150 for Student Masters Rowing. A student is defined as a person attending an accredited institution as an undergraduate or graduate student.

Participants must also join U.S. Rowing.  Join at U.S. Rowing and select South Bend Community Rowing as your club.

Registration:  Click here to be notified when registration opens.

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Novice Rowing

The Novice Rowing program is for beginning rowers who have completed the Learn-to-Row program. Participants receive instruction from qualified instructors during on the water sessions. Please review our 2020 Season Guidelines before registering.

Costs: $150 for the 2020 season. Participants must also join U.S. Rowing.  Join at U.S. Rowing and select South Bend Community Rowing as your club.

Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday evenings. July through September.

Registration: Click here to be notified when registration opens.

Coxswain Development

The coxswain does not row, but serves as the captain of the crew, steering the boat and overseeing the rhythm of the rowers. As the coxswain, you’ll develop and exercise leadership skills, while enjoying the sport of rowing and the beauty of the river. Learn more in this short video, The rowing coxswain – explained.

Our two-part coxswain development program is designed to help you explore this important rowing role. Please review our 2020 Season Guidelines before registering.

Cost: There is no charge for this program. If you choose to continue with one of our other programs, you will then pay the fee for that program.

Schedule:  TBD for the 2020 season.

Registration: Please complete our Coxswain Development Registration for Non-Members