Following are some frequently asked questions. If you don’t find the answer you need, please contact us.
Do I have to be a member to row?
Yes, membership is required for all programs except for participants in the Learn To Row Rowdeo.
Membership in LSRC is open to everyone. All members of LSRC pay an annual membership fee which is set by the Board of Directors and applies equally to all members. The annual membership fee is due at the start of the rowing season (or for new members, upon joining), and covers the shared operating expenses of our organization. Those expenses include rent on the property we use (for boats, parking, and dock for the coach’s launch), maintenance of equipment, insurance, website, postage, etc. The club membership fee also covers your membership in US Rowing.
In addition to the annual membership fee, there is also a fee for each program session in which you participate. Program offerings (and fees) vary. Refer to each specific program for their specific fees.
Can I join when the season is already underway?
You can join at any time of the year. There is no prorating of membership fees – the full amount is due regardless of when you join. Membership runs from January 1st to December 31st.
Do you have family memberships?
Yes, annual family memberships pay one Family Membership fee which covers all members of a family residing in the same household. Please note that registration and release forms need to be filled out for each participating family member.
What if I want to row but also want to try coxing?
We are always looking for coxswains. Most programs require rowers to rotate as coxswains. You can give it a try (no obligation) and see if you like it. Note that there is no program cost for coxswains, although you will still be required to pay the annual membership fee.
What is the deadline for signing up?
Sign ups can occur anytime after program announcement up until the time the program is full. If you don’t get into the full program, you can always row as a substitute when someone is unable to make it.
What if I try it and don't like it?
If you have not rowed before and just want to see what it is like, we suggest you take one of our Rowdeo sessions
. If you decide to continue, your fee will be applied to your membership fee.
Do you have email notifications of upcoming programs?
Once you sign up for any program, you will be added to our email list. If you haven’t participated in a program yet, you can sign up for emails on our website.
What if I can't commit to every day that the program is in session
You could consider sharing a seat with another member rowing part-time. For example, if a program runs Mon,Wed,Fri but you are only able to row on Mon & Wed, you could share a seat with another person that is able to row on Fri. Contact us
and we can work with you to find an arrangement that works.
I only want to row occasionally. Can I do that?
If you are unable to commit to a full session of rowing, you can participate as a substitute, as space allows, at a daily rate. You might also consider joining and getting Captain’s tested for sculling on your own schedule.
What Should I Wear?
No special attire is needed for rowing. Snug fitting shorts and shirts are best as loose fitting clothing could get caught in the seat tracks. Bicycle shorts or other compression type shorts are ideal. Dry socks and a bottle of water are also a must. It can be breezy or cool on the water, so wear lightweight layers that you can take off when you get warmed up. Sunglasses or a hat are helpful. When launching the boat in the water, water shoes may be more comfortable for you.
Where are you located?
Our boats are stored at 20 Cooper Street in Georges Mills near the public boat launch and across the parking lot from Sargent’s Marina. All rowers, please read this important information
about our launch site at Georges Mills.
What if it rains?
We row rain or shine, so dress appropriately. The only reason we would not go out to row is presence of thunder/lightning, high winds, or heavy fog.
Once approved to take out a small boat, where can I go?
View our Georges Mills Small Boat Rowing Course map
for the Small Boat Rowing Course.