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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. You will have the opportunity to join the ARC Novice Program, a fully coached, comprehensive 9-week session consisting of three (3) practices per week.


2024 Dates are in the planning stages: the program typically runs June through August on Monday and Thursday evenings (6:00pm - 8:00pm) and Saturday mornings (8:00am - 10:00am).


The Novice program will culminate in a fun and spirited club-wide "Race" and a potluck celebration! 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.


Annapolis Rowing Club novices

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

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 overhead. 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. 


Admission to the ARC Novice Program is conducted on a first-come-first-served basis. The number of participants is limited to 32 due to equipment, coaching, and club volunteer availability. Registration will not open until after the completion of the final Learn-to-Row session to provide an equal opportunity for all participants to register.


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


  • Participate in a minimum of 50% of the Novice practices. Rowing is a "muscle memory" sport:  More is better!

  • Participate regularly. While the coached 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.

  • Those who successfully complete the program will be welcomed to join ARC as regular members and may row with an appropriately established ARC group. 


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.

What to Expect (and what will be expected of you)

  • Safety. Participants are to follow ARC's established safety procedures and coach's instructions.

  • Hard work. Be mentally and physically prepared to work at each practice

  • Honoring your commitments. When you sign up to row, be there.

  • Be prepared. That event means rowing in the rain (but not lightning or dangerous conditions).

  • Be on time. Arrive 15 minutes before the start of each practice and be ready to go.

  • Keep an open mind. Be ready to learn!  Be coachable!

  • Stay conditioned. Get yourself and keep yourself in good physical shape.

  • You will be actively coached. Expect to improve daily.

  • Keep your progress in perspective. Some practice will go really well, others will not

  • Fun and fulfillment will happen naturally. You'll make plenty of new friends, too!  Rowing is a "social" sport!


We will attempt to go out on the water for every practice.  However, there are weather circumstances etc. which are out of our control, so there could be cancellations.  The schedule cannot be adjusted to compensate, though land-based training may be conducted if conditions preclude going out on the water.


It is solely the Coach’s discretion if a practice needs to be cancelled due to weather.

There will be times when the Program Coordinator and Coaches will err on the side of caution.

Signs of practice being cancelled are ​

  • Lightening, Heavy rain

  • High wind (more than 12mph)

  • Rough water

  • Extreme heat

Learn More

Questions about the Novice Program?  If so, please contact our Program coordinator:

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