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2019 Programs

Preseason Rowing (for experienced rowers only)

There is no need to wait until June to get on the water! We have preseason rowing for March, April, and May. March and April will consist of Sunday afternoon rowing (this avoids high school practices and regattas). May rowing will be Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. The cost to participate is $75. Participants must also be 2019 NVRC members. Joining for 2019 involves completing a waiver, watching USRowing's safety video, completing a swim test certification (part of the registration form) and paying the NVRC membership fee of $175.


If you are interested in pre-season rowing, signup for 2019 membership at https://www.row4nvrc.com/join-us or use the link at the top of this page


Learn to Row

Tell your friends and coworkers about the fun you have on the river and encourage them to learn to row! The program costs $200 and consists of nine sessions. 

    • Monday, May 13, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    • Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    • Friday, May 17, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    • Monday, May 20, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    • Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    • Friday, May 24, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    • Tuesday, May 28, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    • Wednesday, May 29 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    • Saturday, June 1, 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM

The 2019 Rowing Season

The season begins the first Saturday in June. As NVRC members, you can choose which days and how many days you want to row each week. Rowers will be asked to provide advanced notice of their planned attendance for each practice so that coaches can prepare boats, coxswains, lineups and workouts accordingly.

Practice times for all rowers:  Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm & Saturdays 7:30-10:30am

(Note: Rowing days and times will change as available daylight becomes limited in the fall - see below)


Competitive Rowing 

The NVRC Competitive Team competes on the national and international stage. Any NVRC member can “self select” into Competitive Rowing. Rowing skills, fitness, and commitment are required. Not only do these rowers compete in races, they also compete within the team for seats in top performing boats. Additionally, Competitive team practices have the potential to be difficult, as they are part of a race training regimen. Erg scores will need to be provided, and seat racing will be common at these practices. People who intend to compete in races to which we travel (local, national, and international) should make as many competitive practices as possible.


Open Row

Open Row is for rowers needing, or wanting, to improve their rowing skills and fitness, as well as rowing for recreation. These rows will involve the physical exertion associated with rowing on the Occoquan. The emphasis will be on rowing technique excellence and physical fitness.  Open/recreational rowers will still have the opportunity to race at all "home" regattas (on the Occoquan).  Open rowers can also indicate their interest in advancing to the Competitive team as their skills and fitness levels improve.



The fun continues for those graduating from our Learn to Row program who would like to continue rowing.  This is also a great start for someone who may have rowed in high school or college a while back would like to re-familiarize themselves with rowing again. To ensure continuity and continued rower development, the Learn to Row coach will also be coaching the Novices.


Fall Schedule Changes

Our ability to row weekday evenings decreases with the decreasing available daylight. In an attempt to maximize weekday evening rowing, usually starting in September, we will move practice start times up to 6:00pm, and then eventually to 5:30pm. 


Usually around the beginning of October, all NVRC teams switch to just one weekday row starting at 5:30pm, and a Sunday row, which starts at 8:00am, is then added.  We try to keep the single weekday row available for as long as possible until it is no longer feasible, and then we switch to Saturday and Sundays mornings only until the end of the season - which is usually early November.

NVRC Speakers Program

In 2019, we will again try to have guest speakers share their expertise with the membership. The speakers will focus on topics of interest to masters rowers. We hope to bring in physical trainers, coaches, and yoga instructors to speak on subjects including injury prevention, incorporating rowing into a whole healthy lifestyle, and introduction to yoga. These program are free of charge to NVRC members and will be offered separately from practices. Our first speaker program will be scheduled in May and will talk about injury prevention.

So what are you waiting for - Join Now!