Although participating in the DMRC Learn to Row Day on April 22 is recommended, it is not required. 

If you choose not to participate in the Learn to Row Day, the next step in becoming a DMRC member is to register for one of our weekend boot camps where participants will learn to row in an 8+ sweep boat.  The crew will receive coaching from a launch, as well as have two master rowers in the boat to help support the coaching.  By the end of the weekend, the crew will have knowledge of the basic rowing technique and will be prepared to sign up and participate in the club’s novice program.

Each session will include a Friday evening land training from 6:00-8:00PM to cover erg instruction, safety, terminology, equipment care and handling and a Saturday and Sunday on the water rowing session from 8:00-11:30AM.

Upon graduation from boot camp weekend, participants have the option of joining DMRC in the Post Novice Graduate program where members will row 2x/week and receive ongoing coaching.

Birdland Marina DMRC boathouse (2100 Saylor Road, Des Moines)

Requirements for Weekend Program Participation

  • Tuition: $150 + $25 optional boathouse contribution
  • US Rowing Waiver

Price for Weekend Program Participation

$150 for instruction and coaching for the weekend selected.

Weekend Boot Camp Session Dates

*Classes will be held in the light rain, but not if there is lightning. Make up dates due to inclement weather will be scheduled as needed.

May 19 – 21, 2017

June 2 – 4, 2017

June 9 – 11, 2017

June 16 – 18, 2017