Post Novice Graduate

This is coached program for Novice Boot Camp and Program graduates, meeting twice per week for a full season.  The 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. In past years, the program has looked like this:

  • Coached sessions occur Mondays and Thursdays 6:00pm-7:30pm.
  • Participants prep for and race in Iowa Games sprint races (July) and the Head of the Des Moines Regatta (September).

On-water sessions focus on technique, drills, speed work, endurance training, race plans and general fitness.  There is also a land training component covering rowing, water and boathouse safety, equipment maintenance overview, and coxswain theory.

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 autumn if their crew chooses regardless of whether they will continue racing.


Post Novice Graduate program cost will be $250 membership fee (spring session) or $200 (summer session).  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.