Skill & Experience Requirements

A coach or board member will designate you as belonging to one of the following categories:

Summary of Sweep Rowing Skill/Experience Categories
Learn to Row Sweep
  • Basically, you can only row in a four in the context of a Learn to Row class, supervised by a coach.
Novice Sweep
  • Basically, you can row in a four. However, you must either (1) have a coach present, or (2) row in a four that has two Captains in it (one holding a port oar and one holding a starboard oar)
  • You have to read the Safety Guidelines and pass the Safety Exam
  • You can’t row past the power lines
Experienced Sweep
  • You may row in a four or a pair, but you have to complete a flip test before rowing in a pair
  • You can row in a boat with other experienced rowers without having to have a coach or
    captain present
  • You have to read the Safety Guidelines and pass the Safety Exam
  • You can’t go past the power lines unless you have a coach or captain present
Captain (Sweep)
  • You may row in a four or a pair, but you have to complete a flip test before rowing in a pair
  • You plus one other captain may go out in a four that has one or two novices in it, but one captain
    must have a port oar and one captain must have a starboard oar
  • You have to read the Safety Guidelines and pass the Safety Exam
  • You can go past the power lines

Please refer to the Safety Guidelines for more information
***Before rowing in a Pair all participants must complete a supervised flip test***

Summary of Scullers Skill/Experience Categories
Learn to Row Sculler
  • Basically, you can only scull in an Alden single or double in the context of a Learn to Row class
    or lesson, supervised by a coach.
  • You must stay upstream of the bridges
Novice Sculler
  • Basically, you can scull in an Alden single or double or a in a Maas.
  • When first reaching Novice level or when first using a Maas, you should be supervised by a coach
    until you gain proficiency. You may row in a double with a Captain without having to have a coach present
  • You must stay upstream of the bridges when you first start to use a Maas until you gain proficiency
  • You have to read the Safety Guidelines and pass the Safety Exam
Experienced Sculler
  • You may row in any sculling boat
  • When first using a racing shell you should stay upstream of the bridge and be supervised by a coach
    until you gain proficiency
  • You have to read the Safety Guidelines and pass the Safety Exam
  • You can’t go past the power lines unless you have a coach or captain present
Captain (Sculling)
  • You may row in any sculling boat
  • You can take out a double with a novice
  • You have to read the Safety Guidelines and pass the Safety Exam
  • You can go past the power lines

Please refer to the Safety Guidelines for more information
***Before rowing in a Pair all participants must complete a supervised flip test***

Please note that, at the discretion of the coaches and Board members, rowers may progress from Learn to Row to Novice to Coached Sweeps to Affiliation (in that order). Please ask your coach or Anna Jordan if you have questions about where you fall within that spectrum.

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