Adult Recreational Sweep Rowing

In this sweep rowing intro, rowers will kick off their rowing careers in fun, self paced, group lessons.

Intro to Rowing

Intro to Rowing is our basic introductory sweep class, which will get you on the Charles teach you sweep rowing basics in no time. It’s perfect for people of all fitness levels and previous athletic experience! Class begins in a stable 12-person "barge" in which you will become familiar with rowing terminology and the fundamentals of technique while learning to row in a fun group environment.

Upon successful completion of Intro to Rowing, students can progress to Novice Sweeps, General Sweeps 1, and General Sweeps 2. After that, if you’re interested in rowing competitively, you can try out for our Men’s and Women’s Competitive teams.

CRI programs are offered year round. If you don’t see a program listed, it may be a seasonal, so contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.


After completing Adult Intro to Rowing, move on to Novice Sweeps, successful completion of which allows you to participate in Sweeps 1 and then Sweeps 2.

Some, but not all, recreational rowers move on to competitive rowing. We have recreational rowers who have been with us for many years, happy to be out on the water getting a good workout. Others spend some time in the recreational programs and then transition to our competitive teams. Yet others come to us from other programs or college rowing and go straight to our competitive programs.

Novice Sweeps

Summary: This class is the intermediate step between Intro to Rowing and Sweeps I. Time is spent practicing the skills needed to transition from rowing in the barge to rowing in an 8+. There will be a wide range of progress during the term as everyone works together to learn the skills.

Who is this program appropriate for?: Any adult rower who has completed the Learn to Row program. This class is not for those who are completely new to rowing, but it does include a review of the basics to reinforce skills and knowledge from Learn to Row and may begin with rowing in the barge to assess skills.

What’s Next?: Rowers typically spend more than one term in Novice Sweeps. Once an athlete is completely comfortable with the skills in this Learning Checklist, a rower may choose to participate with Sweeps 1. Many rowers choose to spend time getting private lessons on the dockside rower, or building fitness and rowing skills in the indoor Drive Rowing Studio. Another option is to try sculling by taking Sculling 1.

Check out the Novice Sweeps Learning Goals.

Sweeps 1

Summary: Sweeps 1 is a fun rowing environment with a good sweat during each class. 50% of practice time is focused on skill development with the other 50% on application of these skills during continuous rowing.

Who is this program appropriate for?: Any adult rower who has completed the Learning Checklist from Novice Sweeps or has previous rowing experience equivalent to Novice Sweeps is eligible for Sweeps 1. There will also be rowers who have already taken Sweeps 1 but wish to stay in this group. With a wide range of skill levels, it is important to balance and support the needs of all athletes who may feel ahead or behind the group.

What’s Next?: Rowers often spend multiple terms in Sweeps 1. After demonstrating ability of all items on the Sweeps 1 Learning Checklist, rowers can choose to move to Sweeps 2, where the majority of time is spent on continuous full boat rowing. Rowers can also develop rowing fitness in CRI’s indoor programs, such as the Drive Rowing Studio. Another alternative is to try sculling starting in Sculling 1.

Check out the Sweeps 1 Learning Goals

Sweeps 2

Summary: Sweeps 2 is a fun rowing environment designed for rowers to get in a good sweat during each class. The focus of the program is application of skills during continuous rowing for 75% of daily class time. Approximately 25% of the time spent on skill development.

Who is this program appropriate for?: Any adult rower who has completed the Learning Checklist from Sweeps 1 or has a solid rowing experience equivalent to Sweeps 1 is eligible. Sweeps 2 rowers are focused on developing fitness while improving technical skills and maintaining a cohesive team dynamic across all rowers. Each rower progresses at a different pace, so there may be a range of abilities in this course.

What’s Next?: Many rowers stay in Sweeps 2 indefinitely as they enjoy the regularity of working out in team environment. Rowers have also gone on to row for CRI’s Competitive Men’s and Women’s teams or taken advantage of the Small Class Program option to design a program that suits their needs. Rowers may also develop their fitness in CRI’s indoor Drive Rowing Studio. Another alternative is to try sculling starting in Sculling 1.

Check out the Sweeps 2 Learning Goals.

All rowers must have a swim test on file at CRI.
All rowers must pay the Facilities Fee to participate.