Every year Aqueduct Rowing Club offers a summer program for those wishing to learn to row.  Learners row in sweep boats (those with one oar for each rower) and can also learn to scull (using two oars).  The Learn to Row Program is two evenings a week working with a dedicated coach. Novice rowers should be in good physical condition and capable of strenuous activity although conditioning improves throughout the session.   Rowers must also be able to swim and/or float unassisted. Upon completion of one session, novice rowers are invited to join the club for a reduced fee and finish the season.  Novices are also eligible to compete in club hat races and in regattas. See the pictures below for a look.


One session beginning July 6
Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:45 PM – 7:30 PM, culminating in a Hat Race on Thursday, July 30th.

Aqueduct Boathouse (next to the Rexford Bridge)
Corner of Balltown Road and Aqueduct Road
Niskayuna, NY

Cost: $150

All Learn-to-Row fees can be applied to regular membership if you decide to join.

Still not sure about rowing as a new rower?  Read our on line brochure.

Call Kelly at 518-281-4164 for more information.


Common Rowing Terms

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Getting ready to carry to boat to the water

The coxswain calls “Hands on!” which means take hold of the boat and be ready to pick it up.  We carry the boat from the boathouse to the water and back each row.

Everyone in the boat helps carry it down to the dock

Everyone in the boat helps carry it down to the dock

Rolling the boat down into the water

Rolling the boat down into the water (click for animation)

The coxswain "drives" the boat

Cox or coxswain (pronounced cox-n).  The person in the stern facing forward and “driving” the boat.  Rowers listen to and obey coxswain commands to stay coordinated and apply power as requested.

Stroke.  Each full movement of an oar is a stroke but the stroke is also the rower in the stern who sets the rhythm and cadence for the other rowers. In an 8 seat boat, the cox faces the stroke.

Port and starboard. These are the left and right sides of the boat BUT when you row you face backwards so the port oars are on the right as you sit in the boat.

Coaches in safety launches accompany rowers

Coaches in safety launches accompany rowers

And off they go!

Push off in 2.  1, 2.  A call from the coxswain to push the boat away from the dock.  Most actions are coordinated by the coxswain with a 1, 2 count.

Seat number.   Boats with more than one rower have seat numbers.  The one in the front of the boat (or the one behind everyone else, remember we face backward) is bow seat, the first one in the back of the boat is stroke seat.  Everyone else gets a number.

And off they go!

Photos courtesy of Gerard Dupin

 For more rowing terms click here.