Frequently Asked Questions

How much does membership cost?

Our current rates for rowing members are $100 per month or $1200 annually. A non-rowing ‘supporter’ membership is available for $50. Punch card (drop in) memberships are also available @ $300 for 20 rows. Punch cards are valid for a period of 365 days. 

Do I have to be able to swim?

Yes. Basic swimming competency is required in case an accident occurs on the water. Rowing members must demonstrate they can swim, tread water and put on a personal flotation device while in the water. Check with public pools in your area to see if  they offer swim tests for rowing. Tests must be administered and signed by a lifeguard.

Members who have not yet passed the swim test will be required to wear a life jacket while on the water.

The Mill Town Rowing Swim Test and a list of suggested testing facilities, are available here.

Where & when do you practice?

We currently row from the public dock off Smith Island Road. You will find a map with parking and our meetup location here.

Our current rowing sessions are:

  • Morning: Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:00 to 7:30 am
  • Evening: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
  • Weekend: Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7:30 to 9:30 am.

Options will expand as the club grows.  You can attend as many sessions as you like. 

Do you offer Learn to Row Classes?

Yes. Visit our Learn To Row page for more information and to sign up.

Are there rowing age limits?

Age is not a limiting factor for recreational rowing or racing. Racing categories span all adult age groups.

The US Rowing site describes racing categories here.

Is rowing a year round sport?

Weather and lighting conditions affect rowing safety. We can’t row after sunset so in winter months our evening sessions shift from rowing on the water to training on land – our winter training is an extremely effective opportunity to improve your fitness.

Morning rowing is open year round, weather permitting.

What should I wear?

Snug fitting clothing is best. Loose clothing can catch on oars and equipment. Weather conditions vary so bring multiple layers that can be adapted as needed. Bright colors are encouraged for visibility. A light weight rain/wind shell is handy for inclement weather. Easy off shoes (e.g. Crocs) are recommended so you can get them off and on quickly when entering and exiting a boat. On cold days, wool socks are recommended. Wool keeps you warm even if it gets wet.

Don’t wear or carry valuables that could be lost or damaged in the water. 

If you bring a water bottle it should be made of a soft material like plastic. Plastic bottles are less like to damage a rowing shell than metallic bottles. 

Where do you race?

Racing decisions are guided by rower interest and ability. Our members run the gamut from rookies to world medalists. Our racing schedule includes a mix of local, regional and international events. 

How can I get more info?

You can reach out to us by phone or email with the contact info at the bottom of the page or use our Contact Us form to direct your question to the right recipient. 

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