Learn to sweep

In deference to the well-being of our community and to be in compliance with social distancing requirements, Learn to Sweep has been cancelled for Summer 2021. Stay well and we will see you out on the water next year! 


We are offering the Learn to Scull programs this summer. Registration is now open! Learning to row in a single-person scull is a great way to enjoy the outdoors in a socially distanced setting.


What is sweep rowing?

In sweep rowing, each rower has only one oar.  Boats have two, four, or eight rowers, and each boat is usually steered and directed by a coxswain.

Classes focus on basic sweep rowing technique, teamwork, and rowing safety – all in the setting of beautiful Budd Inlet. The focus of the first part of the course is to orient you to rowing terminology, boat features, and the body mechanics of the rowing stroke. After that, you will be practicing on the water alongside experienced volunteers to ensure the utmost in safety.

Once you successfully complete this seven-session course, you will receive a voucher for three free coached practices and be eligible to become a member of OAR, which includes access to coached practices and optional races from March through late October.

Cost: $200 per person for non-OAR members, $50 for OAR members. $50 of the class fee may be applied toward OAR’s annual membership if you join the club after completing the class. Registration is handled through Olympia Parks and Recreation and Tumwater Parks and Recreation. Contact either one to enroll. NOTE: Please bring forms below, filled out, to class.

Sweeps Class Application
OAR Waiver
Masters Information Sheet
US Rowing Waiver (separate from the OAR waiver) For insurance purposes, all OAR members must have a current US Rowing Basic Membership (a nominal fee is charged) even if you do not plan on participating in races. Check your status now–it should take less than five minutes. The code for our club is ‘LMACX’. You will only need this code if you have not been a US Rowing member before.

Before the first class, you must fill out the forms below. By the second class, you must complete a 10-minute swim/float test at a local pool. The swim test form must be signed by the lifeguard at the pool.

Swim Test Form

Forms can be mailed to you, if you are unable to download them.