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Spring/Summer 2023

What would you like to participate in?

Learn-to-Row – Sweep

In sweep rowing each rower holds one oar. Sweep classes are taught in an eight-person or four-person boat that are steered by people called coxswains. In this program, rowers will learn boat-handling skills, water safety, and will be introduced to the basics of rowing technique in a small group. There is no pre-requisite for this program, but you must be able to swim. Two times are offered per session, early morning or late morning.

National Learn to Row Day – Sweep

Date: Saturday, June 3
2 Sessions Early (7:00 AM – 9:30 AM) or Late (9:30 AM – 12:00 PM)
Cost: Free
Spaces Available Per Time Slot: 6
Learn to Row open to the public with pre-registration

Prerequisites for learn-to-row clinics,


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Summer Recreational Sweep I, II & III

Are you looking to expand your rowing experience and increase your fitness while enjoying the outdoors? Our Intermediate Sweep session will build your technique and fitness in a friendly small group setting. Recreational sweep is for sweep rowers who have previous participation in the Indoor Winter Beginner Program, a Learn-to-Row class, or similar introductory rowing experience. You must also be able to swim. This group meets for 2 – 2 hour sessions a week for 2 weeks at Camp Shalom in Windsor, CT. Rowers will primarily be rowing in an 8, but may be broken up into 4s. This is a coached session that will work on building basic understanding of rowing technique, control and boat feel.

Session II – June 1, 4, 8, 11 (Thurs 6 – 8 PM/Sun 8:30 – 10:30 AM)
Session III – July (June) 29, 2, 6, 9 (Thurs 6 – 8 PM/Sun 8:30 – 10:30 AM)

Cost: $125
Spaces Available Per Session: 8

Prerequisites for this clinic are,

  • Indoor Winter Beginner Program, a Learn-to-Row class, or similar introductory rowing experience
  • A current USRowing Waiver (Basic Membership +$25/year)
  • The ability to swim


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Advanced Sculling Clinic

June 10 – 6:30 AM – 10:30 AM (4 Hours)
July 1 – 6:30 AM – 10:30 AM (4 Hours)
Cost: $100
Spaces Available: 6

This clinic will provide a more advanced technique exploration for experienced rowers. The clinic will be run by 2 FVRA coaches and will include small group instruction, video review and one-on-one coaching opportunities. Personal boats are welcome as part of this clinic however a small number of club boats are also available to be assigned to participants on a first come first served basis based on previous experience.

Prerequisites for this clinic are,


4 Row – RowPass

Experienced rowers can purchase rows in blocks of 4 and participate in-drop in rows when spaces are available! Scheduled small boat rows are available weekday mornings as well as Sunday mornings. RowPasses can also be used for sweep rowing drop-ins when space allows. All program participation must be scheduled at least 1 day in advance of the scheduled row through the online programming calendar. RowPasses are good for the 2023 on-water season.

4 Row Pass – $120
Prerequisites for a RowPass,

  • Indoor Winter Beginner Program, a Learn-to-Row class, or similar introductory rowing experience
  • A current USRowing Waiver (Basic Membership +$25/year)
  • The ability to swim


2 Hour One-on-One Coached Sculling Sessions

  • Scheduled per athlete with coaches as available
  • Only available from mid/end May to mid/end Oct (on weekends in Fall Sept/Oct) due to water temperatures and light availability.

Cost: $100
Prerequisites for lessons are,


Please email to schedule after submitting your registration.

Registration & USRowing Membership:

  • All participants must register with Regatta Central as part of the registration process (accessed by hitting the “Register” button with the program you are interested in above)
  • All participants must sign a USRowing waiver which includes an additional fee of $25 for a USRowing Basic Membership
  • To sign your waiver please go to:
  • If you are already a USRowing Member,
    1. Choose “Individuals” > “Members” > “Sign Waiver”
    2. Login to sign your waiver or verify it has already been signed
    3. Click here for an additional walkthrough

    If you are not a USRowing Member,

    1. Choose “Individuals” > “Join”
    2. Complete the form to sign up for a basic USRowing membership
    3. Under “Club or Team Name” enter “Farmington Valley Rowing Association” and choose us from the list – we are USR Member # 944
    4. You will then be asked for a club code to add yourself to our roster – it is, Club Code: R63XE
    5. The form searches the system to see if an account for you already exists – if it does not you will continue the registration process to sign up for your Basic or Championship (racing team see below) membership. (NOTE: A USRowing Basic Membership, required when signing a waiver, costs $25. Visit for more information on how this fee is used >
  • Your seat is not reserved until payment has been received. If paying by check, please make check payable to FVRA and send check to: 542 Hopmeadow Street PMB 101, Simsbury, CT 06070