Adult Rowing

The adult rowing program is for those who have learned basic sculling and now want to row on a regular basis. (New to rowing? See the Learn to Sweep and Learn to Scull pages.)

Join our lively group of rowers in the morning or the evening to enjoy rowing on Budd Inlet. Want to compete in local and regional races? There’s a place for you. Want to enjoy rowing without the pressure of competition? There’s a place for you. With a mix of all ages and abilities, we welcome you to join us.

The spring program begins March 3 and runs through June 27. Cost for the program is $295. There is a Saturday only option for $110. Program participants must be OAR members.

Morning program: 5:30-7:00 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 7:30 a.m-9:30 a.m. Saturday

Intermediate to advanced competitive rowers, primarily sculling

(Note: rowers should arrive 15 minutes early to stage equipment.)

This program serves intermediate to advanced rowers who are interested in competing. Rowers will follow a training program aimed at preparing them for competition. Participants will have the opportunity to compete locally and regionally, though competition is not required.

Coach permission is required to sign up for this program. Participants should be reasonably competent at the basic rowing stroke. Rowers must be fit enough to complete a training program aimed at racing.

Evening program: 5:30-7:15 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 7:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday

All levels

(Note: rowers should arrive 15 minutes early if possible to stage equipment.)
Afternoon rowers will be divided into two groups, one for developing and recreational rowers and one for intermediate to advanced competitive rowers. Both sweep rowing (one oar each) and sculling (two oars each) will be available in each group, based on rower interests.

The developing rower group is designed for those who are new to the sport or who do not aspire to compete at this time. Focus is on developing good rowing technique while having fun out on the water.

Rowers must have completed a learn to sweep or learn to scull class, have participated in past OAR programs or have permission of the coach. This program is a logical next step for new rowers to continue developing their rowing abilities.

The competitive group will serve those rowers who are looking for a more strenuous program.

Participants will have the opportunity to compete locally and regionally, though competition is not required. Participants in this group should be competent at the basic rowing stroke. Rowers must be fit enough to complete workouts aimed at race preparation.
Coaches will work with afternoon participants to place them in the appropriate group. Depending on the numbers of rowers in attendance at a specific practice, individual rowers may be asked to row with the other group on occasion.

Saturday practices

Both programs will practice on Saturday mornings. Coaches will use this opportunity from time to time to provide experiences to all OAR masters rowers together. That may include informal races or games, mixing rowers from different programs in boats, and educational programs.

Sunday Technique Program

A small group practice will be offered on a first come, first served basis on Sunday mornings from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.  This practice focuses on technique development. All OAR members can sign up to spend a practice working on executing the perfect rowing stroke. Independent scullers and others not signed up for the adult program are eligible to take part, as well as those in the adult program. Program will begin in April. Rowers pay by the class.

Coaching staff

The adult program draws from an experienced group of coaches, some of whom also coach the successful OAR junior program. Coaches will include Head Coach Richard Hull and Girls Varsity Lead Coach Lenny O’Donnell.

The Lead Coach is Kathryn Reith, who has competed successfully in collegiate, national and international races for Brown University, Riverside Boat Club, Lake Union Crew and other clubs. She is also the Youth Novice Lead Coach.

Questions? Need more information? Contact Kathryn Reith at