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Ann Arbor Rowing Club
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 Starting with AARC
The mission of the Ann Arbor Rowing Club is to provide and promote a safe, affordable, and educationally rewarding rowing experience for residents of Ann Arbor and the surrounding area.
How you get started rowing with AARC depends upon several things:
  • The time of year
  • The type of rowing
  • Your previous rowing experience
  • Your age
What time of year is it?
From April 1 through October, AARC's full roster of on-water programs are available

Between December and March, AARC offers a Winter Training program, of on-land, group erging practices (using rowing machines).
What type of rowing? The sport of "rowing" encompasses two basic forms--sweep rowing and sculling

Sweep rowing is when each rower has one oar.  Boats are comprised of 2, 4, or 8 people and often have a coxswain.

Sculling is when each rower has two oars.  Sculling is typically done in a single but can also be accomplished in boats of 2 or 4 rowers.  Sculling does not have coxswains.
What is your rowing experience?

If you're new to the sport, then you will begin by enrolling in the appropriate learning class. See the section below, "Membership & Programs." 

If you have rowed or sculled previously, you may be able to join one of our programs directly. AARC asks that you come row with us for a guest row/evaluation prior to signing up to ensure appropriate placement. See the section below, "Guest Rowers." 
 Your age

AARC has primarily an adult membership, due to the fact that local high schools also have rowing teams, however, all AARC's programs are available to rowers who are starting high school or are older.
Our Inclusive Program has additional options for rowers 12 and older, who qualify.

& Programs
Friend of AARC

This membership is for previous members who want to keep up with the happenings at AARC. This membership allows one to receive emailings. 

Full Member (included in program+membership fee)
As a full member of AARC, you will enjoy being connected with a group of unique, fun, and fitness-minded individuals who really love to row!  Come join us for another season of hard work, improvement and general fun & camaraderie…Argo is waiting! 


AARC is a member-operated, community club. Participation in our programs requires AARC full membership and program subscription(s). Fees are paid based on member types (Regular or Student/Veteran), the program and season.

All requests for Friend of AARC or Full memberships begin by signing our Joining Agreement & Rowing Waiver. In advance of signing, you may read the document here. Once signed, members can select from the programs described below, review the links to learn more about our programs, sign up and pay membership and program fees.

Member Expectations
AARC is a member-operated, community club, to preserve the above benefits and keep rowing vital in the Ann Arbor area, all members must share in the responsibility for safety and stewardship. All members, regardless of level, are expected to remain in good standing by the following:
  • Signed waiver for participation
  • Knowing, following and upholding all Club Rules
  • Knowing, following and upholding safety requirements at all times, including the reporting of  issues and concerns
  • Timely payment of rowing fees
  • Participation in AARC Stewardship Program, designed to spread the club’s essential work among all members

We also have information for each of our programs on the individual program pages below:
Guest Rowers  Our policy during normal times is listed below:

AARC welcomes guest rowers.
Visitors to the area who are experienced rowers (sweep or sculling) may to join us for a few coached practices. Guest rowers considering membership with AARC, who have rowed or sculled previously, are invited to attend a coached practice as a GUEST for evaluation prior to signing up to ensure appropriate program placement.

ALL GUESTS, please do the following:

Have more questions...still not sure?  Contact us at ...we are here to help!

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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