Novice Boot Camp Program

These two-day weekend sessions generally are offered several weekends per season and run from 8am to Noon on both Saturday and Sunday of these weekends.  This program is for all beginners, whether or not you participate in our exploratory Learn To Row Day.  Participants will learn to row in a nine-person sweep boat (eight rowers plus coxswain).  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 Post Novice Graduate (PNG) Program.  Each session will include erg instruction, safety, terminology, equipment care and handling and on the water rowing time.

Boot Camp Session Dates

As of 4.20.20, our club is currently closed due to COVID-19.  The dates for our Boot Camp weekends will be set once the Governor allows fitness clubs to reopen.  Camps are held in the light rain, but not if there is lightning. Make up dates due to inclement weather will be scheduled as needed. There are 12 available spots per session.


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

Requirements for Participation

  • Tuition: $150 + $25 optional boathouse contribution
  • US Rowing Waiver
  • 18 years of age

Changes and Cancellations

Students may switch crews up to two weeks before the first day of class as long as there is a seat available.  Tuition will be refunded 100% minus a $10.00 processing fee if your cancellation is received more than two weeks before the first session for your registered crew.  If the cancellation request is received within the two week period prior to the first session, refunds are only disbursed if the empty seat is filled by another student.


$150 for instruction and coaching for the weekend selected. Upon graduation from boot camp weekend, participants have the option of joining DMRC in the Post Novice Graduate program where members will row twice per week and receive ongoing coaching.