Novice MASTERS TEAM
In masters rowing, athletes are considered novices if they have less than two years of racing experience. Thus, our novice team caters to everyone from those who are just taking their first strokes on the water to those who have been rowing for years but choose not to compete.
This team meets three days a week and focuses primarily on improving the technique and fitness for whatever level of competition an athlete desires. There are numerous opportunities to compete throughout the year, but none are required, and individuals can choose to begin attending regattas at any time.
How to get started:
What happens after I've participated a Learn-to-Row class or have taken private lessons? Students will have the opportunity to join the NBRC membership.
After joining the membership you can continue to row in a coached program (the Masters Novice Team), row solo or join the network of member scullers on the water.
ADVANCED MASTERS TEAM
This coached program is geared towards rowers with at least two years' experience, either from the Novice Masters team or previously through other clubs, and focuses on the training necessary to compete in west coast regattas from Sacramento to Oregon. If you've competed in the past, if you've belonged to other clubs, or if you rowed in high school or college, this program would be the best fit for you. Men's and women's teams practice separately, but both have three coached sessions per week and often an additional self-organized workout.
How to get started:
• If you're a member of the Novice Team, your coach can make a recommendation at their discretion that you move up to the advanced team. This is followed by a trial period on that team, in which the advanced team coach makes the final decision
• If you have not been recommended to advance but would like to try out, there are open tryouts at the start of each season, and acceptance is at the advanced coach's discretion
Sculling is for the new or experienced rower. Semi-private lessons are arranged weekly, and individual lessons with a sculling coach can be scheduled to fit your needs. Lessons are tailored to your skill level and are designed to give you the tools and ability to safely row solo on the river. During the lessons you will learn proper boat & equipment handling, safety, and the rowing stoke. When you have demonstrated to the coach that you can safely row solo, they can certify you to take out club equipment on your own. From there, we suggest you buddy up with at least one other new sculler to improve your strokes together and/or network with a larger group of scullers with similar schedules.