2x/week coached program for Novice Boot Camp and Program graduates. Coach will form crews for you each session, and once you are more comfortable on the water, you are free to sub into other crews on the nights you are not rowing. Participants will also learn to cox to enhance their skills.

2018 Programs:


  • June/July coaching Mondays and Thursdays 6:00-7:30
  • Participants will prep for, and race in Iowa Games sprint races July 14 (optional)
  • In August, participants will form crews and begin practicing for Head of the Des Moines regatta September 29 (optional)


  • August/September coaching Mondays and Thursdays 6:00-7:30
  • Participants will prep for, and race in Head of the Des Moines regatta September 29 (optional)

Both programs will include land training.:

  1. Program overview and expectations
  2. Rowing, water and boathouse safety
  3. Equipment maintenance overview
  4. Cox theory class

What do these coached rowing sessions entail, you ask?

The post novice graduate program will provide structured coached rowing two times a week.  Coaches will provide lineups for practice and will set workouts each day. All you have to do is show up!

Sessions will focus on technique, drills, speed work, endurance training, race plans and general fitness.

This program will go beyond the fundamentals that were taught and developed in the boot camp program and will allow rowers to focus on proficiency, increasing strength and speed. Workouts and drills will be tailored to the needs, levels and goals of individuals and crews. Coaches will set lineups, providing the opportunity to row with other club members at the same level who have similar goals. Coaches will provide feedback on and off the water to help individuals reach goals, whether they are recreational or competitive.  For individuals interested in racing, the coaches will organize crews to find the best lineups and develop race plans.  Coaches may be available to travel to regional races to assist with race day logistics.  Additionally, crews will be able to continue to row into the Fall if their crew chooses regardless of whether they will continue racing.

Other Benefits:

Other benefits of this program beyond acceleration of developing your rowing skills and increasing your overall knowledge of the sport, participants will be able to participate in away regattas to experience racing at a different venue. This is a great way to network and meet more club rowers beyond just your initial novice year crew.


Post Novice Graduate program cost will be $250 membership fee (spring session) or $200 (summer session).  That cost covers your membership through April 1 into the Des Moines Rowing Club, two months of coached rowing sessions, cox training, safety and equipment training, acceleration of your rowing skills, endurance, and a great opportunity to meet fellow rowers.  And then once you are comfortable rowing, you will have the opportunity to sub into other crews. 

This membership cost is a deeply discounted rate considering that it includes coaching.  As a point of reference, an existing master club member will pay $300 for their annual dues, and if they were to secure coaching, they would expect to pay between $7-$10 per participant per row for coaching.

If you choose to not participate once you’ve graduated from the Novice Boot Camp, you would register as a Regular Member and you will form your own crew, and secure a cox, equipment and an available time (guidance will be provided). The membership fee will be $300.00