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2012 ARC Novice Program

Saturday, June 9, 2012 to Saturday, August 11, 2012
Gingerville Yachting Center
2802 Solomons Island Rd
Edgewater, MD  21037
Additional Info:
Patrick Murphy
Novice Program
Registration is closed - Event is full
Payment In Advance Only
Payment is due an advance. All online payments must be received prior to the start of the program. All online registrations that have been initiated, but not paid in full prior to the first day of the program's season, will be cancelled to allow others to sign up online in those spaces, (since space is limited). Once the season begins (on Saturday, June 9), no refunds will be given.
Cancellation Policy:
If you must cancel your registration for any reason, please send an email to the contact person listed on this registration page. Once the season has begun, (on Saturday, June 9), no refunds will be given.
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Registrants & Fees

Upon completing an ARC Learn-to-Row session, you will be eligible to enroll in the ARC Novice Program.  Information about the Program is outlined below.


Step 2: Novice Rowing Program

After you complete LTR, you will be ready to decide if rowing is 'for you' and if you're ready to commit to a more intensive (and fun!) training plan to become proficient on the water. The ARC Novice Program is a comprehensive 9-week session consisting of three (3) practices per week. Participants who commit to the program and complete it become well versed in all facets of sweep rowing including safety, technique, training and competition. The Novice Program is a fantastic way to 'get into' this great sport.

Novice Program Fee: $375 payable to Annapolis Rowing Club.

Payment can be made electronically, or via check. To pay by check, please print the invoice and mail your payment to the address provided.  Payments must be received prior to class, so if your payment will not make it in time, please bring it with you. No Refunds will be given once the program has begun.

For further information, contact Patrick Murphy at

Program Practice Information: 

The ARC Novice Program will begin on Saturday 09 June with practices continuing through Saturday 11 Augustdepending on weather conditions.

Monday and Wednesday Evenings:     6:00pm - 8:30pm

Saturday Mornings:                              8:00am - 10:30am

 Register Here for the Novice Rowing Program


Annapolis Rowing Club @ Gingerville Yachting Center.  Click HERE to map directions to our location.


In addition to completing one (1) LTR session, all Novice Program participants will be required to sign an affidavit confirming their ability to swim as well as a US Rowing liability waiver.


Admission to the ARC Novice Program is conducted on a first-come-first-served basis, however, the number of participants is limited due to equipment, coaching, and club volunteer availability. 

If you are interested, register early to secure your seat in the program!!

Should the number of applicants exceed 40, we will create a waiting list. If you are assigned to the waiting list, you will be notified should a slot in the program become available. Individuals on the waiting list will receive a full refund for any fees paid.


In order to to successfully complete the ARC Novice Program, you must:

  • Participate in a minimum of 50% of the Novice practices. More is better!
  • Participate regularly. While the ARC Novice Program is structured to provide flexibility for individuals to miss practices due to vacation, family and work commitments, etc., regular practice and repetition is the biggest key to success in the program. Participants should make an effort to attend as many practices as possible.
  • Favorable evaluation by the head coach, assistant coach and club vice president. All participants will be evaluated at the end of the program with both a written and physical test in regard to both their rowing and safety proficiency. Those who are successful will be invited to join ARC as regular members may row with established ARC groups. Novices who participate regularly will be well prepared for the written and physical tests.
  • While our track record of advancing participants through the Novice Program is exceptional, there have been individuals in the past who have not successfully completed the program. In such instances, the participant may be encouraged to repeat the Novice Program or to consider another more suitable sport.

What to Expect in the ARC Novice Program

And what will be expected of you!?

  1. Be Safe. Participants are to follow ARC's established safety procedures and coach's instructions.
  2. Hard Work. Be mentally and physically prepared to work at each practice
  3. Honoring your commitments. When you sign up to row, be there.
  4. Be prepared to row in the rain (but not lightning or dangerous conditions).
  5. Being on time, arriving 15 minutes before the start of each practice.
  6. An open mind - be ready to learn!
  7. Conditioning - getting yourself and keeping yourself in good physical shape.
  8. Be actively coached and expected to improve.
  9. Keep your progress in perspective. Some practice will go really well, others will not!
  10. Fun and fulfillment will happen naturally. You'll make plenty of new friends, too!

Please note that rowing is a physically demanding sport that uses your entire body. Rowers are required to carry boats and oars at each practice, which requires enough strength to lift at least 35 pounds over head. If you are unable to squat, put weight on your knees, or have concerns about your participation in boat carries, please contact us directly. Before starting any exercise program, please consult your physician or qualified health professional.