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AARC Technical Sweep Program

AARC rowers aim to "row as one" to improve technique throughout every single week of the season, both individually and as a rowing community.
  • Club membership:
    • Full AARC member (paid), OR
    • Novice membership available to current year Learn to Row graduates only
  • Enroll and pay for seasonal programs (Current Fees)
  • Recent Learn to Row graduate from this season or a recent prior season, OR
  • Previous rowing experience*, subject to coach approval
  • Please read our Refund Policy before committing to a program
*For those new to AARC with previous rowing experience, please contact to schedule a guest row to determine best fit.

Program Description

The Technical Sweep Program is for rowers who are recent graduates of Learn-to-Row and those wishing to develop or refresh, technical skills. The head coach of the Technical Sweep Program will define the criteria for participation in the program (entry and continuation) and collaborate with the head coach of the Open Sweep Program to ensure rowers are being developed to that skill set. Technical Sweep practices are focused on improving technique and skill in rowing. 

All Technical Sweep rowers have the opportunity to represent AARC at various regattas in both the summer and fall water seasons.  See the Regatta Participation page for information about races.

*Never Rowed and want to learn? Check out our Learn to Row page.

Technical Practice Schedule (Sept 1 - October 25)
Time Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Evening (PM)

Morning (AM)



To be assigned a seat in practice, rowers must sign up with their availability by noon, Thursday the week prior via the web link on the club's homepage. By doing this, coaches can make boat lineups for the weekly schedule. While drop-in participation is possible, weekly scheduling is strongly recommended: as a drop-in you are not guaranteed a seat in the boat.
Rowers are expected to show up for all practices for which they are scheduled. Attendance Policy for Sweep Rowing.

Technical rowers have the opportunity (and are encouraged) to race with AARC in regattas offering novice/recreational events.
All AARC rowers are expected to contribute to practices by either coxing boats or driving safety launches. Please read the information linked below and remember to take the coxing quiz (located on the home page).
Based on the speed of rower development and evaluation by the coaching staff, a technical rower can move up to more advanced rowing.  The club encourages novice members to complete a minimum of 4 months of "on the water" rowing before considering advancement to Open Sweep Rowing. This time helps to ensure that technical abilities are on par with those more advanced and facilitates a more positive experience for all rowers. Rowers are encouraged to discuss their progress with the coaches to determine if/when advancement is appropriate.


AARC endeavors to make rowing accessible to the broad community.  Scholarships are available to those with financial need to support participation.  
AARC is a 501(c)3 organization.  Donations made to AARC may be eligible for tax deduction.  Please check with your tax consultant.
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